May 072016
 

BenPeniamina “Ben” Tai’i is an Administration of Justice (AJ) transfer student attending University of Hawai’i at Hilo (UH Hilo).  He transferred from American Samoa Community College in Fall 2015 and participated in the Pacific Islander Summer Bridge Program.  He recently ran for the UH Hilo Student Association (UHHSA) as a Senator-At-Large in UHHSA’s Special Election held from Monday, May 2 to Wednesday, May 4. Continue reading »

Apr 222016
 
I am taking a class at San Jose State University this summer that is about immigration.  There will be teachers from all over the United States that will be there.  Specifically, we are going to write a short play about immigrants to our area of the United States.  We are each hoping to bring back our play to use drama to enlighten our students as to the reasons that people move to a new home in our home state of Hawaii.
The purpose of the project is to understand our new neighbors, particularly Micronesians.  We would like to bring attention to the reason that they wanted to leave and come to the United States (Hawaii) so we can support them as best we can.
I am interested in learning from people who have left a Micronesian Island for an ENVIRONMENTAL THREAT(s).  Reasons might include: rising water will make a home uninhabitable; fishing has gotten difficult or impossible because there are fewer fish, quality of fish has declined, or greater competition for fish; radiation exposure due to atomic testing in the South Pacific; invasive species have compromised the agricultural crops; changing weather patterns have made fresh water from rain less available; or any other reason having to do with the environment.
I am hoping that we can bring attention to the ways that we in Hawai’i can help support our new Micronesian friends; we can raise our awareness of environmental issues that our new Micronesian friends tell us about in the Pacific Ocean; and we can learn specific steps that we can take in our own lives that will help keep our shared Pacific Ocean environment healthy.
I will need this information before June 10, 2016.  Email me at:  lqueueg@yahoo.com
Thank you.
Linda Q. Green

Rotuma Donates Food For Cyclone Relief

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Apr 182016
 

In bid to help people affected by Tropical Cyclone Winston, people of Rotuma donated 151 bags of dalo and 131 bags of husked coconut towards the Prime Minister’s Relief and rehabilitation programme on Tuesday.

Some chiefs came all the way from Rotuma to hand over the 151 bags of dalo and 131 bags of husked coconut.

Click here to learn more: http://fijisun.com.fj/2016/03/24/rotuma-donates-food-for-cyclone-relief/

Bishops’ West Papua visit hailed by Catholic women

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Apr 182016
 

A Catholic Womens group in West Papua has called for regional support for their people’s plight, after a visit to the Indonesian territory by Catholic Bishops from other parts of Melanesia.

Followers of Muslim faiths generally coexist peacefully with Christians in Papua

23 Bishops from Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Fiji visited West Papua last week.

Click here to learn more: http://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/301328/bishops’-west-papua-visit-hailed-by-catholic-women

Solomon Islander Students Give For Winston Relief

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Apr 182016
 

The Fijian Government has received a cash donation from the Solomon Islands students studying in universities around Fiji.

The donation, which will go towards the Tropical Cyclone Winston relief and recovery efforts, was received by Permanent Secretary for National Disaster Management Meleti Bainimarama from the Solomon Islands High Commissioner to Fiji, John Patteson Oti.

Click here to read more: http://fijisun.com.fj/2016/04/18/solomon-students-give-for-winston-relief/

Funds raised in Samoa for Winston’s victims

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Apr 182016
 

A fundraising drive held in Samoa to raise funds for the victims of Severe Tropical Winston that hit Fiji in February raised more than 25,000 tala (FJ$20,390.73).

The drive was orchestrated by University of the South Pacific’s Apia-based Pacific Outreach Program for Polynesia (POPP) head Allan Alo for the children of Fiji, as part of USP’s TC Winston appeal.

Click here to read more: http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=350230

Pacific Media Representatives Gather in Palau to Discuss Digital Revolution

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Mar 302016
 

Media practitioners all over the Pacific gather in Palau to collaborate and discuss how the region’s media landscape is transformed due to digital revolution.

Palau President Tommy Remengesau Jr., who opened the Pacific Media Summit on March 22, 2016, said his country is expecting to increase its connectivity with the rest of the world with a fiber optic cable connection by 2017.

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Springdale Gains Marshallese Newspaper, Radio Station

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Mar 302016
 

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Locals started a Marshallese language newspaper and radio station last year, both hoping to be go-to sources for information in that community.

The two are like the eyes and ears of the Marshallese community, said Benetick Maddison, educational outreach coordinator for the Marshallese Educational Initiative. The initiative is a nonprofit organization focused on Marshallese awareness and education, according to its website.

Click here for more information: http://www.nwaonline.com/news/2016/mar/28/springdale-gains-marshallese-newspaper-/

Seeking Pacific Islander students for Outreach Team

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Mar 092016
 

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The Pacific Islander Student Center  (PISC) at UH Hilo is seeking additional members for our Pacific Students Outreach Team. The PISC is the “home away from home” for students at UH Hilo from the Pacific Island regions Samoa, RMI, FSM, Palau, Guam, CNMI, as well as students of Pacific islander ethnicities who are US citizens, US nationals, or permanent residents who grew up outside of the islands. We value the engagement of our college students in the lives of their younger counterparts in the local public schools on Hawaiʻi Island. Continue reading »