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 252016

Fellowship Dates: Aug. 30 – Sep. 4 2016

The Oceanic Peace Revolution Fellowship, entitled “Peace In + Peace Out = Sustainable World Peace”, will bring together a group of young people from all Oceanian countries who are interested in learning and exploring self-development as a primary means to make this world a better place to live. This retreat aims to promote a culture of peace, peace education, conflict prevention and youth empowerment through the primary means of self-development and meditation.

We live in a world which is often chaotic, stressful and where many people live their lives in situations which are out of their control. By developing personal skills, people can learn to be less reactive to emotions, stress, and challenging external environments and instead become proactive towards real and meaningful world change. Continue reading »

[American Samoa] NFL Draft Prospect Q&A: UNLV Sonny Sanitoa

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Apr 182016

Sonny SanitoaSonny Sanitoa is a high-energy pass rusher who was named a team captain in UNLV in the 2014-2015 season. Hailing from the American Samoa, Sanitoa followed in the footsteps of Isaako Aaitui and Daniel Mareko, who completed their UNLV careers in 2010. Standing at 6-3, 270 lbs, Sanitoa ran a 4.92 40-yard sash and put up 26 reps of 225 Lb. in the bench press during his pro day at UNLV. Lets get to know more about Sanitoa.

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Helping a Samoa Village Best Cope with Natural Disasters

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Apr 182016

A pilot project to help the Samoan village of Sa’anapu cope better with natural disasters is now an exhibition.

The village was badly affected by a tsunami in 2009 and Cyclone Evan in late 2012.

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The women's committee fale

Feb 262016

Vester “Boomer” Robester of Yap & Pohnpei, and Isalei R. Afioa’e of American Samoa, have both joined the Pacific Students Media Team as our newest producers.  Vester and Isalei are both looking forward to telling more positive stories of Pacific Islanders.

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Speaker Series: Leilani Tamu

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Sep 202013


Writing and the Art of Cultural Diplomacy: Personal Reflections on “being Pacific” from a Kiwi Polynesian


“Kiwi Polynesian” Leilani Tamu is a poet, magazine columnist, Pacific historian, former New Zealand diplomat and dedicated mum. Born in New Zealand to a Samoan mother and Pakeha father, Leilani’s mixed cultural heritage has played an important role in shaping both her creative and professional career. Through her ability to draw on a diverse range of experiences, Leilani brings a fresh perspective to the table when tackling issues of social and cultural relevance to the Pacific region. In her columns, she has written about issues as diverse as racism, unemployment, property investment, cyber bullying, youth suicide and motherhood.

Leilani’s first book of poetry The Art of Excavation is due out in early 2014 and is a collection of work that traverses the inter-connected themes of Pacific history, colonisation, cosmology and genealogy. The collection took seven years to come to fruition and is being edited by New Zealand poet Siobhan Harvey.
In September 2013, Leilani will take up the Fulbright-CNZ Pacific Island Writer’s residency at the University of Hawai’i in Mānoa to work on her second book of poetry Cultural Diplomacy. While at Mānoa, Leilani will spend time learning about the life of Princess Ka’iulani who she regards as an example of a Polynesian ancestor whose legacy has the potential to inspire and motivate all people of the Pacific region.

Public Event

Monday, September 23, 2013
4:00 – 5:00 pm
Campus Center 301

Class Presentations

Tuesday September 24, 2013
ANTH 357, Dr. Joseph Genz
11:00 – 12:15
UCB 112

HIST 136, Dr. Kerri Inglis
12:30 – 1:45 pm
UCB 100


This event is co-sponsored by the International Student Services & Intercultural Education program, Minority Access & Achievement Program, Pacific Islands Studies Certificate, Pacific Islander Student Center, Professor Kerri Inglis (History), Professor Joseph Genz (Anthropology).