1. Establish a centralized, physical, and virtual (Internet) place
for better dissemination of information, resources, material, etc.,
a sort of one-stop shop for Micronesians.
2. Conduct an accurate and culturally sensitive census of the
Micronesian populations in Hawai'i as required by law.
3. Provide clear, consistent information for Hawai'i State service
providers on programs and services for which Micronesians are eligible.
4. Establish and fund a pool of full-time qualified, certified,
readily available interpreters in all major Micronesian languages
(Marshallese, Kosraean, Pohnpeian, Chuukese, Yapese, Palauan).
5. Adequately fund cultural awareness training for service providers.
6. Encourage state agency personnel to participate in regular
meetings of stakeholder groups, such as Nations of Micronesia.
7. Strengthen training, bridging, and mentoring programs in workforce
development, at all levels, especially for youth.
8. Increase collaboration between Hawai'i and Freely Associated
States (FAS) governments on health, education, and other major
9. Encourage FAS governments to better prepare and orient people
prior to their departure regarding health and education documents
needed, etc., as well as rights and responsibilities.
(Following the breakout group discussions, breakout
group leaders met to develop this list of overarching policy recommendations
based on the recommendations submitted by the individual breakout
groups. For more information on the conference, call the UHM Center
for Pacific Islands Studies at 956-7700, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org)
29 April 2008