Pacific Islander Student Center (PISC)


Ensuring our success

Sharing our cultures

Building our community

Renewing our spirit

The Center offers services and programs to facilitate the success of Pacific Islander students at UH Hilo. All UH Hilo students are welcome at the Center. We think you’ll discover a “home away from home” right here in the middle of the UH Hilo campus. Stop by any time. You’re welcome here and we’d love to see you!

A Gathering Place

The Center is a gathering place for Pacific Islander students and their friends to meet, study individually or in groups, use computers, relax, and hold meetings and events. Students can use the Center's desktop and laptop computers. The Center also has a collection of books and films on Pacific-related topics and a kitchen (including a refrigerator and microwave oven). If you would like to reserve the Center for a meeting or event, submit a Facility Request Form.

A Resource Center

To facilitate and support students' academic success, the Center has extended hours from Monday-Friday evenings until 5:00 pm. This enables students to have a place to study or work on group projects. During final exams week, the Center usually has extended hours into the late evening. The Center is designated as a quiet zone, while the lobby area outside the Center is more appropriate for study groups.


The Center offers desktop and laptop computers for students to use. Both PC and Mac computers are available. Printing is also available. To print, students must have a valid student ID. Students are limited to 20 pages of free printing per week.


Textbooks for a limited number of classes are available for students to use at the Center. Visit the Resources page of this website for more details.

Student Development & Support


The Center offers workshops and information sessions on topics and issues relevant to Pacific Islander students, such as applying for health insurance, immigration matters, managing finances, applying for jobs and scholarships, and voter registration. Occasionally workshops are offered for the larger campus community to assist them with understanding Pacific Islander cultural values and offer ideas and strategies for incorporating Pacific Islander ways of knowing and learning into the educational process.

Resource & Referrals

The Center serves as a resource for Pacific Islander students and can refer students to appropriate resources on campus and in the community. Center staff also serve as resources for faculty, staff and community members about Pacific Island-related topics, issues and concerns.