“Someplace with a Mountain” of Scam

Update: Nov. 15, 2015 - This article was originally posted in December 2011 when the film was first released. I am re-posting it because the film is once again showing on PBS. Yet, the questions I raised in this blog and to Steve personally have never been answered. Do watch the film, but beware of what you're funding if you decide to give your hard earned money to relocate the people of Polowat without their consent. - Vid I've just seen Steve Goodall's film entitled, "Someplace with a … [Read more...]

Navigating Success: Pacific Islander students embrace possibilities

Our Navigating Success - 3rd Annual Pacific Islander Youth Empowerment conference for high school students of Pacific Island ethnicities was a complete success. What I started with our Marshallese Iakwe Club and a few colleagues from the Division of Student Affairs for 15 Marshallese students from Ka'u High School has grown into a popular annual conference. I'm so proud of the more than 130 volunteers from UH Hilo, Hawaii Community College, Micronesians United - Big Island, Hawaii County … [Read more...]

A Micronesian-focused Charter School in Hawaii?

I am blessed to be part of a consultancy team of doctoral students at the College of Education at UH Manoa who are working with several Hawaii-based Micronesian-serving clients on a project to study the feasibility of establishing a charter school focusing on Micronesian cultures, languages, people. Members of our team presented some of our preliminary findings and conducted focus groups with participants of the Pacific Educational Conference in Majuro, Marshall Islands. The team also paid a … [Read more...]

FSM Congressional Scholarship for Northwest Region

The FSM Congress recently appropriated $20,000.00 to fund scholarships for students from the Northwest region of Chuuk State. This is by far the largest amount set aside to help students from the small and remote outer islands of Pattiw, Pafeng, and Namwonweito. But how do students from these islands apply for the scholarship? What's the selection criteria? Is there a deadline? I had a chance to meet briefly with Senator Otto during his recent trip to Hawaii with the FSM Congressional Chuuk … [Read more...]

Help Tracy Poch, an Aspiring Chuukese Olympian

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omHhHRbI8c8 The other day, I interviewed Tracy Kaleikehaulani Nakanelua Poch as part of the Pacific Students Media team's "What's Our Story?" project to combat negative stereotypes and misinformation about Pacific Islanders in Hawaii. Tracy has been in the news as the only Hawaiian to make it on the Junior USA Women's Rugby 7's Team to possibly compete in the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Little news is made of her other dream to wrestle in the upcoming … [Read more...]

Kids Sharing Aloha Through Microlending

As a parent and an educator, I was very excited to receive the news from Chiefess Kapiolani Elementary School that my daughter, Keala, was selected to receive 3 awards at the school's End-of-the-Year celebration. One of these was the much coveted Legislative Award sponsored and presented by Hawaii State Senator Gil Kahele, a Kapiolani alum. This award is given to only one student per grade who exemplify the characteristics described on the certificate (see below).  And my little girl who just … [Read more...]

Honoring the Indigenous Hawaiians

The 2014 World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education (WiPC:E) is being held this week at Kapi'olani Community College on Oahu. As a native Micronesian raising a family on Hawaii Island, I try to be mindful of my place as a visitor in this society. What has my own culture taught me on how to conduct myself when visiting another island in terms of honoring the hosts? How should we Micronesians live pono (Hawaiian for righteousness) or fairo (Chuukese for respectful living) as a way to … [Read more...]

A New Journey Begins

I'm excited to be accepted into the doctoral program at the College of Education, University of Hawai'i at Manoa. Our orientation yesterday had a synergy likened to the buzz on my island in Chuuk when a new outrigger sailing canoe is launched on a maiden voyage. I felt blessed to have twenty five amazing pilooy (companions on a sea voyage) from different pathways with diverse experiences. We have all been paddling our individual canoes all over the world; somehow we were selected to be part of … [Read more...]

SHIP-HOOPS for Chuukese youth

Project: SHIP - HOOPS Type: Nonprofit Location: Chuuk, FSM URL: www.ship-hoops.org This is a project that is near and dear to my heart as it supports the SHIP-HOOPS non-profit organization that was co-founded and led by the late Keitani Graham. Kei, as he was fondly called, a former student of mine and friend and inspiration to so many Chuukese youth was tragically taken from this world in December, 2012, not long after returning from wrestling in the London Olympics representing the FSM. … [Read more...]

Teach for Micronesia – Survey

Teach for Micronesia (TFM) is being developed as an independent, non-profit organization with the mission of ending education inequity in the Pacific Island nation of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM). Modeled after the highly successful Teach for America program, TFM aims to recruit college graduates from Micronesia and the United States to serve as paid teachers for two years and placed in high need public schools throughout Micronesia. Please help us take the quick online … [Read more...]