Recognizing that under-represented students are sometimes marginalized on college campuses, the Pacific Islander Student Center at UH Hilo encourages and supports the achievements and contributions of Pacific Islanders on campus and in the surrounding community.
The Pacific Islander Student Center helps to address the challenges & provide solutions for supporting Pacific islanders in Hawaii. Our Pacific Islander student organizations have organized a number of initiatives in partnership with local organizations and schools to address the unique needs of Pacific islanders in Hawaii. We organized a Pacific Islander Higher Education Conference (PIHEC) in Spring 2013 which included a College Day to bring Pacific islanders in local high schools and their parents tocampus to participate in a series of activities that are aimed at empowering, inspiring, and informing them of opportunities in Hawaii-based colleges and other resources in the community. A follow up community service project is planned for Saturday in March, 2014. For more information, visit: www.pacificstudents.org
All Pacific Islander students at UH Hilo are all invited to participate in the Navigating Success Bridge program at the PISC. The program is designed to build a culture of academic success in higher education for Pacific Islander students. It promotes social and academic integration of Pacific island students into the campus community and build connections with faculty, staff and peers.
A series of distinguished guest speakers from throughout the Pacific Islands who will help educate, inform, and inspire the UH Hilo community on matters of importance to the region and its citizens.
Lauhala & Jaki-ed - Hawaiian and Marshallese Weaving Revival: A team of Marshallese women who are reviving the art of weaving traditional mats will be speaking and demonstrating the art at UH Hilo.
September 12, 2013
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Campus Center 301
Leilani 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." >Download Poster Now
September 23, 2013
4:00 - 5:00 pm
Campus Center 301
A series of leadership development workshops offered by the Pacific Islander Student Center in partnership with other entities on and off campus designed to develop conscientious, competent, and compassionate Pacific island students at UH Hilo.
- Fall 2013 Events
- Spring 2014 Events
- Summer 2014 Events
The Highly Engaged Learning Positions (HELP) is a part of the high impact student employment initiative at the PISC. Funded by our AANAPISI grant, HELP enables
Pacific Islander students at UH Hilo to create meaningful employment opportunities that impact their education while fulfilling a need in the Pacific Islander communities on campus, Big Island, or throughout the Pacific Island regions.
An informal social gathering every 1st Friday of the month, 5:30 - 6:30 pm at the Pacific Islander Student Center co-hosted by one of the seven Pacific Islander student organizations at UH Hilo. The featured student organization officers will introduce the club's mission and share some aspects of the culture including but not limited to food, traditions, or ceremonies.
- Friday, September 6, 2013 - Come to the first Island Time of the year hosted by all Pacific Islander student organizations to welcome our newest Pacific Islander students.
- Friday, October 4, 2013 - Kosrae Hilo Organization
- Friday, November 8, 2013 - Pohnpei Kaselehlie Club
- February 7 & 8, 2014 - International Nights @ Performing Arts Center (more info)
- March 7, 2014 - Ngelekel Belau
- April 4, 2014 - Chuukese Student Association