News & Events

rancis X. Hezel, SJ – Jesuit author, educator, consultant, and expert on Micronesian history will visit the Big Island as a guest of the East West Center at UH Manoa and the Pacific Islander Student Center at UH Hilo. He will give two public lectures on campus and meet with the Micronesian diaspora. - See more at: http://www.pacificstudents.org/francis-x-hezel-sj-to-speak-at-uh-hilo/#sthash.t18zVdAY.dpuf

Francis X. Hezel, SJ – Jesuit author, educator, consultant, and expert on Micronesian history will visit the Big Island as a guest of the East West Center at UH Manoa and the Pacific Islander Student Center at UH Hilo. He will give two public lectures on campus and meet with the Micronesian diaspora. - See more at: http://www.pacificstudents.org/francis-x-hezel-sj-to-speak-at-uh-hilo/#sthash.t18zVdAY.dpuf

Francis X. Hezel, SJ – Jesuit author, educator, consultant, and expert on Micronesian history will visit the Big Island as a guest of the East West Center at UH Manoa and the Pacific Islander Student Center at UH Hilo. He will give two public lectures on campus and meet with the Micronesian diaspora. - See more at: http://www.pacificstudents.org/francis-x-hezel-sj-to-speak-at-uh-hilo/#sthash.t18zVdAY.dpuf

Francis X. Hezel, SJ – Jesuit author, educator, consultant, and expert on Micronesian history will visit the Big Island as a guest of the East West Center at UH Manoa and the Pacific Islander Student Center at UH Hilo. He will give two public lectures on campus and meet with the Micronesian diaspora. - See more at: http://www.pacificstudents.org/francis-x-hezel-sj-to-speak-at-uh-hilo/#sthash.t18zVdAY.dpuf

Francis X. Hezel, SJ – Jesuit author, educator, consultant, and expert on Micronesian history will visit the Big Island as a guest of the East West Center at UH Manoa and the Pacific Islander Student Center at UH Hilo. He will give two public lectures on campus and meet with the Micronesian diaspora. - See more at: http://www.pacificstudents.org/francis-x-hezel-sj-to-speak-at-uh-hilo/#sthash.t18zVdAY.dpuf

Pacific Speaker Series

Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Francis X. Hezel, SJFr. Hezel has published a half dozen books and well over sixty articles on Micronesia and his influence on Micronesian studies has been described as formidable. He is frequently consulted within and beyond Micronesia by government officials, educators, researchers, and development specialists. He has received honorary doctorate degrees from the University of Guam and Fordham University, his alma mater. Most recently, Hezel has been conducting research with Micronesians now living in the United States. Fr. Hezel will give two public lectures on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 in Campus Center 301.

Lecture 1: "Making Sense of Micronesia: The Logic of Pacific Island Cultures"
1:30 - 3:00 pm, Campus Center 301

Lecture 2: "Women's Roles in Micronesia: Then and Now,"
5:00 - 6:00 pm, Campus Center 301

For more information on the talks, speaker, and to register please visit: http://hilo.hawaii.edu/pisc/programs/pacificspeakers.php

 

Island Time: Palau

Island Time - PalauThe Ngelekel Belau student organization with members from UH Hilo and HCC as well as the Palauan community of Hilo invite you to their Island Time event at the Pacific Islander Student Center at UH Hilo. The students will introduce you to their country of the Republic of Palau (Belau) through talks, displays, cultural performance, and answer your questions.

When: Friday, March 14, 2014
Time: 5:30 - 8:00 PM
Place: PISC, Campus Center 307 (campus map)
Cost: Free
Open to the public

Island Time is a monthly gathering at the Pacific Islander Student Center (PISC) at UH Hilo that is part social, part cultural awareness, part talk-story time. Hosted by each of the Pacific Islander student organizations at UH Hilo / HCC, Island Time is an informal way for the Pacific Islander students to introduce their organization, their island, and some aspect of their culture with anyone interested. More info>>

 

The Land of Eb - posterFilm Screening, "The Land of Eb"

The Pacific Islander Student Center (PISC) at UH Hilo is pleased to announce the on-campus screening of the acclaimed film, "The Land of Eb" directed by Kona-based filmmaker Andrew Williamson, starring Jonithen Jackson (http://thelandofeb.com/). Mr. Williamson will be at the screening to talk about the film and answer questions afterwards.

When: Thursday, February 20, 2014
Time: 7:00 PM
Place: Science & Technology Bldg, Room 108
Cost: Free
Open to the public, but limited space so please Register Now!

 "The Land of Ebrelates a compassionate portrait of the Marshallese diaspora in Kona, Hawaii from the point of view of a hard-working and loving family man. Jacob forgoes cancer treatment in order to provide for his family when he's gone. An insightful and ultimately joyful reminder of the lasting effects of the nuclear age." - Toronto Film Festival synopsis

For more information, updates, and online registration form, please visit: http://www.pacificstudents.org/the-land-of-eb-film-showing-at-uh-hilo/

 

Obamacare Helps Pacific Islander Students

Friday, January 24, 2014
4:00 - 5:00 pm
PISC (Campus Center 307)

US citizens and citizens of the Compact of Free Association (COFA) nations of FSM, RMI, ROP living in the US are required by the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) to have a federally approved health insurance. Staff members from the Hawaii Health Connector will be at the PISC to help students enroll in an affordable health insurance plan. To expedite the approval process, you need to bring to the session the following documents: 1) Official government approved photo identification (e.g. drivers license, passport, state id, etc), 2) I-94 for COFA citizens (you can print it out at the PISC from the I-94 electronic retrieval system), 3) Social Security Number (memorize it; don't bring it), 4) pay stub (not required).

A Talk on Health Advocacy Efforts for COFA citizens
Guest Speaker: Joakim Peter

Joakim PeterFriday, January 24, 2014
4:30 - 5:30 pm
Campus Center 301

UH Manoa Ph.D candidate Joakim "Jojo" Peter will speak about the struggles of COFA migrants. Open to the Public.

Pacific Islander Student Orientation

Monday, January 13, 2013
5:00 - 7:00 pm
Pacific Islander Student Center (Campus Center 307)
All new Pacific Islander students are encouraged to attend this special orientation to learn about the programs and services offered at the Pacific Islander Student Center for all Pacific Islander students at UH Hilo. Free.

Island Time
Come join the Pohnpei Kaselehlie Club members as they introduce you to their cultures in Pohnpei, FSM. For more information about the Island Time program, please click here.

Host: Pohnpei Kaselehilie Club
Date: Friday, Nov. 8, 2013
Place: PISC, Campus Center 307
Time: 5:30 - 7:00 pm
Fee: Free

How Can Students Achieve Academic Success
Join a panel discussion with successful students from the Pacific Islanders Student Center and Kilohana: The Academic Success Center. This session is co-sponsored by Kilohana, Pacific Islander Student Center, and MAAP. diverse panel of highly succcessful Vulcans will share tips on how they succeed at UH Hilo.

When: October 29, 2013
Time: 4:00 - 5:00 pm
Place: Kilohana (basement of library
Download Handout

 

Island Time - Kosrae, FSMIsland Time
featuring
Kosrae Hilo Organization

Date: Friday, October 4, 2013
Place: PISC, Campus Center 307
Time: 5:30 - 6:30 pm
Fee: Free

Following our successful kick-off for our monthly gathering, the Kosrae Hilo Organization (KHO) will host the October Island Time to introduce the community to KHO and life in the State of Kosrae, FSM. Their Island Time will focus on the topic: "Transformation of Traditional Values in Today's Modern Kosrae."

We invite the public to come and meet the KHO members, learn about Kosrae, sample some Kosraean soup, and listen to beautiful Kosraen songs, and ask any questions related to KHO or Kosrae. For more information about the Island Time program, please click here.

Pacific Speaker Series

Leilani TamuLeilani Tamu - Writing and the Art of Cultural Diplomacy: Personal Reflections on "being Pacific" from a Kiwi Polynesian.

Leilani is a poet, magazine columnist, Pacific historian, and former New Zealand diplomat.  She was born in New Zealand to a Samoan mother and Pakeha father.  She "brings a fresh perspective to the table when tackling issues of social and cultural relevance to the Pacific region" and "has written about issues as diverse as racism, unemployment, property investment, cyber bullying, youth suicide and motherhood." Her first book of poetry The Art of Excavation is due out in early 2014 "is a collection of work that traverses the inter-connected themes of Pacific history, colonisation, comology and genealogy."...more info>>

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

Pacific Islander Student Orientation

Monday, August 26, 2013
5:30 - 7:00 pm
Campus Center 301
sponsored by Pacific Islander Student Center (PISC)

All new students of Pacific Islander ethnicity from American Samoa, CNMI, FSM, Guam, Palau, and RMI at UH Hilo are invited to this orientation to learn about the programs and services offered at the PISC for all Pacific Islander students. Topics include academic support services, student employment, the Navigating Success Bridge yearlong program for all Pacific Islander students.

HELP Symposium

Friday, September 6, 2013
Campus Center 301 & 307
Time: varies (see schedule)
co-sponsored by Political Science, Environmental

The Highly Engaged Learning Positions (HELP) is a program for Pacific Islander students at UH Hilo to engage in their respective fields of study and career goals through paid jobs. Come and listen to presentations by HELP participants during the summer 2013. View Schedule>>

Island Time

Friday, September 6, 2013
5:30 - 6:30 pm
Campus Center 307
hosted by PI student organizations

Island Time is an informal social gathering hosted by all the Pacific Islander student organizations at UH Hilo (the Chuukese Student Association (CSA), Kosrae Hilo Organization (KHO), Marshallese Iakwe Club (MIC), Ngelekel Belau, Pohnpei Kaselehlie Club, Tupulaga O Samoa mo a Taeao (TOS), Waab Student Organization (WSO) to introduce the PI clubs to new Pacific Islander students and anyone interested in knowing more about the Pacific Islander clubs and cultures.

Pacific Islander Welcome Reception

Friday, September 6, 2013
6:30 - 8:00 pm
Campus Center 301
hosted by PISC & PI student club officers

Immediately following Island Time, all new students of Pacific Island ethnicity are invited to a special orientation & dinner reception at Campus Center 301 hosted by the PISC staff and the officers of the seven Pacific Islander student organizations. Special performance by the Pacific Islander Summer Bridge program participants.

 

Upcoming Events

All events at the PISC are free of charge unless otherwise stated. Please scroll to the bottom of this page to read the events description.

SPRING 2014

January

  • 13: Pacific Islander Student Orientation, 5:00 - 7:00 pm, PISC
  • 15: HELP Job Training, 3:00 - 4:00 pm, PISC
  • 16: HELP Job Training, Noon - 1 pm, PISC
  • 21: HELP Job Training, 5:00 - 6:00 pm, PISC
  • 22: HELP Job Training, noon - 1:00 pm, PISC
  • 24: Speaker Series: Joakim Peter, "Health Care Needs for COFA", 4:30 - 5:30 pm, CC 301
  • 30: How to Effectively Apply for Scholarships, 12 - 1 pm, PISC

February

  • 7 & 8: International Nights, 5:00 pm, Theater
  • 13: FAFSA Workshop, 5:00 - 6:30 pm
  • 20: Film screening, "The Land of Eb", 7:00 pm, PISC
  • 28: Job Interviewing Skills, 3:00 - 4:00 pm, PISC

March

  • 14: Island Time - Ngelekel Belau, 5:30 - 8:00 pm, PISC
  • 19: Pacific Speaker Series: Francis X. Hezel, SJ

April

  • 4: Island Time - Chuukese Student Association, 5:30 - 7:00 pm, PISC
  • 7: Navigating Success Workshop: Year-End Reflection

May

  • 2: HELP Symposium
  • 5-8: O Hell Week - Late Hours at PISC, 9:00 am - 10:00 pm

SUMMER 2014

June

  • TBD

July

  • TBD

 

FALL 2014

August

  • 7 - 18: Pacific Islander Summer Bridge Program
  • 19: International Student Orientation, 9:00 - 4:00, CC 301
  • 20: New Student Orientation Program, varied locations
  • 25: New Pacific Islander Student Orientation, 5:30 - 7:00 pm, PISC

September

  • 5: HELP Symposium, 9:00 - 5:00, CC 301
  • 5: Island Time Kick-Off, 5:30 - 6:30 pm, PISC
  • 5: Welcome Reception, 6:30 - 8:00 pm, Campus Center 301
  • 8: HELP Info Session, 11:00 - 12:00, PISC
  • 9: HELP Info Session, 2:00 - 3:00 pm, PISC
  • 10: HELP Info Session, 4:30 - 5:30 pm, PISC
  • 19: Navigating Success: Time Management, 5:00 - 6:30 pm, PISC

October

  • 23: Navigating Success Workshop: Job Interviewing Skills, 5:00 - 6:30 pm, PISC
  • 29: How Students Succeed at UH Hilo, 4 - 5 pm, Kilohana

November

  • 6: HELP Info Sessions, 10 - 11 am, Noon - 1 pm, 2 - 3 pm, 4 - 5 pm, PISC
  • 7: HELP Info Sessions, 10 - 11 am, Noon - 1 pm, 2 - 3 pm, PISC
  • 8: Island Time - hosted by Pohnpei Kaselehlie Club, 5:30 - 7:00 pm, PISC
  • 12: Navigating Success Workshop: Preparing for Finals, 5:00 - 6:30 pm, PISC

December

  • 9-12: O Hell Week Special Hours, 9:00 am - 10:00 pm, PISC
  • 16 - 20: Finals Week