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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.

Community Outreach

The Pacific Islander Student Center helps to address the challenges & provide solutions for supporting Pacific islanders in Hawaiʻi. 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 Hawaiʻi. 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 to campus to participate in a series of activities that are aimed at empowering, inspiring, and informing them of opportunities in Hawaiʻi-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:

Navigating Success Bridge (NSB)

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.

Pacific Speaker Series

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. More info >

Workshop Series

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 2015
  • Spring 2016
  • Summer 2016

HELP Projects

HELP 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. -Read more

Island Time

Island Time imageAn 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. More info >