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Negotiating Pacific Identities:
Ethnicity, Encounters, and Self-Determination

“Negotiating Pacific Identities,” held at the Hawai‘i Imin International Conference Center in 2004, was the first United Nations Seminar ever held in the United States. It dealt with several broad themes important to Pacific Islanders, including Hawaiians.

  • Identity, Interaction and Peaceful Co-existence
  • Histories of Encounters, Suppression, Self-Discovery & Self-Determination
  • Defining Identities: Culture and Place
  • Defining Identities: Land Resources
  • Law, Politics and Identity: Government Policies

The presenters (each talk is about 30 minutes):

  • Maire Bopp, Chief Executive Officer, Pacific Islands AIDS Foundation
  • Marshall Conley, President, Conley-International Education Associates; Former Vice President, Canadian Commission to UNESCO
  • Hans J. A. van Ginkel, Rector, United Nations University
  • Vilsoni Hereniko, Professor, Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai'i at Mānoa
  • Moana Jackson, Co-Founder and Director, Nga Kaiwhakamarama I Nga Ture (Māori Legal Service); Former Member, UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
  • Tarcisius Tara Kabutaulaka, Research Fellow, Pacific Islands Development Program, East-West Center
  • Jon Kamakawiwo'ole Osorio, Acting Director, Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
  • Victor Ordonez, Senior Education Fellow, East-West Center; Former Director, UNESCO Regional Office of Asia and the Pacific
  • Sandra Pierantozzi, Vice President, Republic of Palau
  • Vicky Holt Takamine, Kumu Hula and Founder of Pua Ali'i 'Ilima; Lecturer in Hawaiian Chant and Dance, Department of Music, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
  • Katerina Teaiwa, Assistant Professor, Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
  • Konai Helu Thaman, Pro Vice Chancellor and UNESCO Chair in Teacher Education and Culture, University of the South Pacific
  • Mililani Trask, Pacific Representative to the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
  • Robert Underwood, Former Guam Representative, United States Congress; Retired Academic Vice President, University of Guam


Pacific Writers and Artists

Presentations by writers and artists from the Pacific Islands who were in residence at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. The talks were taped by the UHM Department of English and the UHM Distributed Learning Center, and shown as part of the English Department’s Hawaii BiblioVision series on ‘Ōlelo Community Television.

  • Teweiariki Teaero, UHM Center for Pacific Islands Studies Visiting Artist for 2006 [00:13:09]
  • Victor Rodger, 2006 Fulbright–Creative New Zealand Pacific Writer at the Center for Pacific Islands Studies [00:53/27]
  • Tusiata Avia, 2005 Fulbright–Creative New Zealand Pacific Writer at the Center for Pacific Islands Studies [00:57:00]
  • Sima Urale, 2004 Fulbright–Creative New Zealand Pacific Writer at the Center for Pacific Islands Studies [01:07:13]
  • Flora Devatine, writer featured in Varua Tupu: New Writing from French Polynesia, the Winter 2005 issue of Mānoa
  • Kareva Mateata-Allain, co-editor of Varua Tupu: New Writing from French Polynesia, the Winter 2005 issue of Mānoa
  • Rai a Mai, writer featured in Varua Tupu: New Writing from French Polynesia, the Winter 2005 issue of Mānoa
  • Celestine Hitiura Vaite, writer featured in Varua Tupu: New Writing from French Polynesia, the Winter 2005 issue of Mānoa
  • Alexander Dale Mawyer, co-editor of Varua Tupu: New Writing from French Polynesia, the Winter 2005 issue of Mānoa


Micronesian Voices in Hawai‘i

The conference “Micronesian Voices in Hawai‘i” was held 3-4 April 2008 in the Hawai‘i Imin International Conference Center.

Keynote Address

  • “Micronesians' Contributions and Challenges in Hawai'i,” by Dr Hilda Heine, Director of the Pacific Comprehensive Center Program, Pacific Resources for Education and Learning (PREL)

Strengthening Communities – Panel Presentation

  • Moderator: Joakim Peter, Director, Chuuk Campus, College of Micronesia–Federated States of Micronesia
  • Jocelyn (Josie) Howard, Program Coordinator, Imi Loa Program–Immigrant Employment Service, Goodwill Industries of Hawai‘i
  • Canisius Tkel Filibert, President, Micronesian Community Network, and Program Director, Pacific Resources for Education and Learning (PREL)
  • Justin Lani, Director, Marshall Islands Medical Referral Office, and member of the Marshallese Education Day Committee
  • Joanna Jacob, Bilingual School/Home Assistant, Hawai'i Department of Education: Honolulu District English Language Learner's Program and member of the Micronesian Cultural Awareness Project
  • Dionisialynn (Dion) Bernard, Hawai‘i Department of Education Behavioral Counseling Research Center and a former leader of Boys and Girls Club Pilot Programs

Increasing Effective Communication – Panel Presentation

  • Moderator: Richard Salvador, McKinley Community School
  • Aenet Rowa, Founder of Yokwe Online (www.yokwe.net)
  • Pastor Robert Lorin, Case Manager and Housing Specialist, Catholic Charities Hawai‘i, and host of the Chuukese-language program on KNDI 1270 AM
  • Lillian Sepe Segal, University of Hawai‘i, Pacific Voices Project
  • Hilda Heine, Director of the Comprehensive Center Program, Pacific Resources for Education and Learning (PREL) and co-founder of Small Island Networks (SINET)

Building Programs in Education and Health – Panel Presentation

  • Moderator: Jocelyn Howard, Imi Loa Program–Immigrant Employment Service, Goodwill Industries of Hawai‘i
  • Joanna Jacob, Bilingual School/Home Assistant, Hawai'i Department of Education Honolulu District English Language Learner's Program
  • Mary Milne, Part-Time Teacher (Central Middle School), McKinley Special ELL Project, and Employment Counselor with the Goodwill Industries Imi Loa Program
  • John S Ishoda, Paramedical Assistant, Bilingual Health Services, Ala Moana Health Center, Hawai‘i Department of Health
  • Richard Salvador, Teacher, McKinley Community School
  • Nia Aitaoto, Coordinator, Papa Ola Lokahi–Pacific Programs

Featured Presentation

  • “Compact Negotiations, Expectations, and Hopes,” by Mr Andon L Amaraich, chief negotiator of the first Federated States of Micronesia Compact of Free Association

Educating about Rights, Responsibilities, and Representation – Panel Presentation

  • Moderator: Lillian Segal, University of Hawai‘i, Pacific Voices Project
  • Brengyei R Katosang, Staff Attorney with the Housing Unit, Legal Aid Society of Hawai‘i
  • Emma Reimers, Case Manager, Lighthouse Outreach Center
  • Elfriede Suda, Committee on Court Interpreters, The Judiciary–State of Hawai‘i
  • Catherine Leilani Aubuchon, formerly an Assistant Attorney General with the Federated States of Micronesia Department of Justice and now an Associate Attorney with Bronster Hoshibata, in Honolulu

Pastors' Panel

  • Moderator: Pastor Robert Lorin, Catholic Charities Hawai‘i
  • Rev Radigan David, Pohnpeian Fellowship/Ministry at Central Union Church
  • Rev Akendo Onamwar, Senior Pastor, First Chuukese Congregational Church of Hawai‘i
  • Lay Minister Steven Sigrah, Kosrae–Honolulu Congregational Church

Recommendations for Policy Makers

  • Moderator: Ben Graham, Management and Development Consultant, Republic of the Marshall Islands
  • Linda Smith, Senior Policy Adviser to the Governor of Hawai‘i
  • Henry Oliva, Deputy Director, Hawai‘i Department of Human Resources

 

 

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