Pacific Islander Student Center (PISC)

News and Events

News

Know Before You Go: Travel During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Due to the changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, students need to carefully consider travel plans. If travel is not necessary or urgent, it is best not to travel at this time. Effective January 26, 2021, all travelers arriving in the United States must show proof of a negative COVID-19 test (done no more than 3 days before you travel) to the airline before you board a flight to the U.S. (or show documentation of recovery from COVID-19). For international travelers coming to Hawai'i, only tests from Trusted Testing and Travel Partners will be accepted to bypass the State’s 10-day traveler quarantine. Before traveling, consult with the ISS Director and the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention's information for travel and Safe Travels Hawai'i websites.

COFA Residents in Hawaiʻi Can Now Apply for Medicaid

COFA islander health care Hawaiʻi is now accepting Medicaid applications from residents who are citizens of Palau, the Marshall Islands and Federated States of Micronesia. Medicaid is a federal public health insurance program for low-income people. Contact Kuʻu Makuakane-Salavea at (808) 348-4410 (or jmakuakane-salavea@dhs.hawaii.gov) or Rachelle at (808) 896-5051 to apply. View more information.

"Real IDs"

Starting May 3, 2023, everyone will need to present a Real ID-compliant license/ID or another acceptable form of identification (like a passport) to board a domestic flight and to access U.S. federal facilities. How do you know if your driver's license or state ID card is Real ID-complaint? If it is Real-ID compliant, there will be a star in the top right corner like those pictured below:

Gold Star Drivers license and state identification cards with stars on them

You do not need a Real ID-complaint ID unless you want to board an airplane using a driver's license or state ID card. If you have a valid (unexpired) passport, you can use a passport to board a plane. But if you want or need to get a REAL ID-complaint ID such as a driver's license or state ID card, Compact of Free Association (COFA) citizens need to have a valid, unexpired passport and an I-94. An I-94 is a record of your arrival date into the United States. Access and print a copy of your I-94. Please be aware that I-94 records are only available online for 5 years. If you cannot access your I-94 form online because your most recent arrival date into the U.S. was longer than 5 years ago, you have to file Form I-102 with the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services to obtain a duplicate copy. The fee for the Form I-102 is currently $455 and may be subject to change.

Upcoming Events & Activities

Understanding the Climate Crisis and Action in the Pacific Islands

two women

Wednesday, August 11, 2021
2:00-3:00 pm

Join this free webinar that will look at what the climate crisis means for the Pacific Islands and the imperative for climate action from a Pacific perspective. Speakers include Dr. Hilda Heine and her daughter Kathy Jetn̄il-Kijiner, poet and climate activist. Click here to register.

Orientation for New International Students

welcome international students

Wednesday, August 18, 2021
9:00-10:30 am online on Zoom

Meet new international students at this special orientation session for new international students! Learn about important things you need to know as your begin your journey at UH Hilo. Check your email for more details, including the Zoom link and passcode.

Lunch & Learn

lunch and learn

Friday, August 27, 2021
1:00-2:00 pm on Zoom

Special session for new international students about topics such as how to get a job on campus, dealing with culture shock, and resources on campus to help you succeed! Check your UH email for the Zoom link and passcode.

Rooted in Medicine: Where Mana Meets Mental Health

Pasifikas in medicine logo

Tuesday, September 14, 2021
2:00 pm Hawai'i time online

Experts in psychiatry and psychology will discuss where Pacific Islands culture and heritage intersent with medicine while also sharing their professional journeys and unique challenges for Pacific Islander communities. Click here to tegister to join this free event. Presented by Pasifikas in Medicine.

Aquaculture & the Blue Economy in the Pacific Islands

Fish in blue water

Thursday, September 16, 2021
5:00-6:00 pm on Zoom

This presentation will focus on the contributions of aquaculture to food sustainability, creation of high tech jobs, and the relationship between fisheries and aquaculture in the Pacific Islands. The application of aquaculture as a tool to improve habitats, mitigate water pollution, and provide other ecological services will be discussed. Presentation by Dr. Maria Haws, Professor of Aquaculture and former Director of the Pacific Aquaculture and Coastal Resources Center at UH Hilo. To get the Zoom link, email Rosemarie Muller at rcmuller27@hotmail.com.

Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence Listening Session

Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence

Monday, September 20, 2021
12:00 pm (HST) online

In this listening session, participants can share their insights and recommendations on how a US National Action Plan could reflect the needs and priorities of the Asian American Pacific Islander community. Click here to register for this online session.

Harnessing Traditional Knowledge of the Pacific Island Peoples

islands surrounded by ocean

Wednesday, September 22, 2021
8:00-9:00 am HST online

Join this virtual panel discussion on what the world can learn from the knowledge systems of indigenous peoples. Click here to register.

Bougainville Independence: A New Nation Rising in the Pacific

Bougainville:  world's next country?  shows map of Papua New Guinea and Bougainville

Wednesday, September 22, 2021
12:00-1:00 pm HST online

What are the plans for Bougainville, the newest nation in the making? Join this session to hear from James Tanis, former President of the Autonomous Bougainville, and Dr. Anthony Regan, Fellow with the Department of Pacific Affairs at the Australian National University. Click here to register.

Ku'u Lei Hilo

Two girls working in a taro patch

Wednesday, October 6, 2021
3:00-5:00 pm at the Campus Center Room 301

Learn about Hawaiian culture by making a ti leaf lei and learning some basic hula movements. Check your UH email for more details and to sign up. Space is limited.

Hawaiian Fishpond Community Service Activity

people restoring a fishpond

Saturday, October 9, 2021 (tentative date)
Time to be announced

Provide service to the local community by helping to restore a Native Hawaiian fishpond. Have fun while learning about indigenous stewardship of the 'aina. More details will be forthcoming.

From Hilo to The Hague: A Journey to Becoming a Champion for Global Social Justice

photo of Cynthia Tai, champion for social justice award, Project Expedite Justice

Tuesday, October 19, 2021
5:30-6:30 pm online via Zoom

Join this session to learn about Cynthia Tai's journey from working as a prosecutor on the Big Island to working at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands and founding Project Expedite Justice, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing access to justice to survivors of mass atrocities in some of the world’s most marginalized populations in conflict or post-conflict areas. This event is held in observance of United Nations Day and International Conflict Resolution Day. Sponsored by International Student Services and the Political Science Department. Free and open to the public.

United Nations Day

students holding flags

Friday, October 22, 2021 (tentative date)
Time and location to be announced

Celebrate United Nations Day with a special event on campus featuring students from the many nations represented at UH Hilo! More details will be forthcoming.

Honokea Loko Community Service Activity

group of people restoring a rock wall by the ocean

Saturday, October 23, 2021 (tentative date)
8:30 am-12:00 pm

Spend your morning providing service to the local community while getting an introduction to the historical significance of the Keaukaha area and engage in interactive learning activities. Check your UH email for more details.

Community Service Activity with the Food Basket

The food basket:  Hawaii's food bank

Thursday, November 11, 2021
8:30 am-2:30 pm (lunch provided)

Give back to and serve the local community by doing some volunteer work at the Food Basket! Check your UH email for details, including signing up.

International Education Week

International education week:  engaged, resilient, global

November 15-19, 2021

Celebrate the amazing diversity at UH Hilo during International Education Week! More details will be forthcoming.

International Student Orientation

welcome international students

Thursday, January 6, 2022
Time and location to be announced

Meet new international students at this special orientation session for new international students! Learn about important things you need to know as your begin your journey at UH Hilo.

Lunch & Learn

lunch and learn

Friday, January 14, 2022
Time and location to be announced

Special session for new international students about topics such as how to get a job on campus, dealing with culture shock, and resources on campus to help you succeed! Check your UH email for the Zoom link and passcode.

International Nights

Samoans dancing

February 25 & 26, 2022 (tentative dates)
Date, time & location to be announced

More details will be forthcoming. View more information.

International Women's Day

4 women holding a banner that says international women's day

Tuesday, March 8, 2022
Time, and location to be announced

More details will be forthcoming.

Waipi'o Valley Trip During Spring Break

group of students at the top of Waipio valley

Date, Time & Location To Be Announced

More details will be forthcoming.

Zip Line Adventure Trip

Guy zip lining over a waterfall

Date & Time To Be Announced

Zip line over waterfalls on the Hamakua Coast! More details will be forthcoming.