Highly Engaged Learning Placement (HELP)

The Highly Engaged Learning Placement (HELP) program 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.

HELP Placements HELP Placement Request (for employers)
HELP Info Sessions HELP Application (for students)
HELP Symposium Frequently Asked Questions
HELP Blog Meet the HELPers

HELP Wanted

The following are some of the current or past HELP placements. For the most updated and full listing, please visit: www.help.pacificstudents.org

HELP Positions Placement Goal Supervisor
Tutors Hilo High School
(Hilo, HI)
To help tutor and mentor Pacific Islander students in the English Language Learners (ELL) program. Valerie DeCorte
(ELL Teacher)
Tutors Waiakea Elementary School
(Hilo, HI)
To work one-on-one with newly arrived Chuukese & Marshallese children in the English Language Learners (ELL) program. Jill Tung-Loong
(ELL Teacher)
Mentors Waiakea Intermediate School
(Hilo, HI)
To help mentor Pacific Islander student participants in the digital storytelling video project. Robert Bowman
(Technology Director)
Customer Service & Research Student Life Center (Hilo, HI) To provide customer service to patrons of the Student Life Center at UH Hilo. Angeline Andrade-Morioka
Fishery Monitoring Team Ebiil Society
(Melekeok, Palau)
To help local conservation team in daily monitoring and report of fishing data. Ann K. Singeo
(CEO, Ebiil Society)
Conservation Summer Camp Coordinator Ebiil Society
(Melekeok, Palau)
To coordinate, plan, and conduct summer camps for 3 different areas in Palau - Ngarchelong, Ngaraard, Carp Island. Ann K. Singeo
(CEO, Ebiil Society)
Community Outreach Coordinator Hawaii Forest Institute (Hilo / Kona, HI) To help support the community outreach efforts in promoting the health and productivity of Hawaii's forest. Cindy Beth Davis-Dykema (Project Coordinator, Mahalo Aina)
Pacific Students Media Pacific Islander Student Center To helpbring positive stories, news, and events of Pacific Islanders in Hawaii using print, digital, and web media. Vidalino Raatior (Director)
Research Assistant The Women's Center To assist the Women's Center at UH Hilo in carrying out its mission of supporting the needs of women. Hannah Wu (Director)
Forest Ecologist US Forestry Service (Hilo) To engage in a forest conservation project through the US Forestry Service in Hilo, HI. Amanda Uowolo


Job Trainings

Come and learn how to put together a successful HELP proposal. Learn how to develop a HELP proposal by attending one of the HELP Information Sessions on our Events Calendar. You can also contact Vid Raatior (raatior@hawaii.edu) to set up an appointment.

Placement Request Form

Are you a department on campus, a government agency, school, non-profit organization, or for-profit business on Hawaii Island or in the Pacific Island regions of American Samoa, FSM, Marshall Islands, Palau, etc? Be part of forming the next generation of leaders for the Pacific Islands by hosting a HELPer? Please use the Placement Request Form to propose a position we can fund. Email Vid Raatior (raatior@hawaii.edu) for the form or download now>>

Application Form

For Pacific Islander students at UH Hilo who wish to apply for the current HELP Placements. Email Vid Raatior (raatior@hawaii.edu) for a copy of the HELP Application Form or download one from our blog now.


The biannual HELP Symposium is designed to bring awareness to the needs of the Pacific Island communities and the efforts of our HELPers to engage in these community-based projects.

Fall 2014
Saturday, October 25, 2014
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Campus Center Plaza & varied locations | View Programs & Speakers (coming soon)

HELP Blogs

Visit our HELP Blog to view news, reports, and photos from HELPers on their HELP experiences. (coming soon)