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The University of Hawaiʻi and the East-West Center are hosting leaders from Pacific nations September 12–14 for the 12th Pacific Islands Conference of LeadersPuʻuhonua: The Pacific Way Forward.”

The program is hosted by the Pacific Islands Development Program at the East-West Center and the UH Mānoa Center for Pacific Island Studies.

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UH President David Lassner hosted a gathering for Gov. David Ige and American Sāmoa, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Guam, Kiribati, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Caledonia, Niue, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Republic of Palau, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.

The leaders tackled topics including climate change, islander resilience during the pandemic, sustainability and the Pacific diasporas as part of the meetings.

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