To empower Micronesians for greater Self-Reliance, and to Educate Micronesians and the Larger Community about their Respective Cultures, Rights, and Responsibilities.
Micronesians United- Big Island was formed as an organization in 2004-2005 to serve as a cultural bridge between Micronesians and the larger Big Island Community. MUBI started out with a small “Mo Bettah” Grant from Hawaii Community Foundation, and also was awarded the capacity building grant from Hawaii County Department of Research and Development. MU-BI has Federal Non profit 501 c 3 tax exempt status.
MU-BI operates with a volunteer elected board who are all Micronesians and MU-BI strives to have all the major cultural groups represented on the board. MU-BI also operates with the help of volunteer supporters who are not Micronesian but who have an interest in supporting the efforts of the organization. Supporters may provide information and guidance, but do not vote at board meetings. Read more>>
MU-BI provides cultural education to state, county, and private agencies so they have better understanding of our local Micronesian community and our diverse cultures. MU-BI organizes educational youth events such as the Annual Pacific Youth Empowerment for Success (PacYES) to help navigate success for a better future for our youth, provide access to health care such as the MU-BI Health fest that allows the opportunity for the community to sign up for healthcare insurance and receiving screening and other care on site. MU-BI provides awareness by participating in community outreach event to promote and celebrate Micronesian cultures such as taking part in the Hawaii Ulu and Coconut Festival where we have represented our Micronesian community and providing demonstration on preparing and cooking breadfruit and coconut. MU-BI has intervened in cases where there were communication difficulties and cultural misunderstanding at school campuses. MU-BI has provided expertise and worked with pastors and others in conflict resolution with the schools, housing and other social services. MU-BI is documenting some of these cultural miscommunication and discrimination cases in ways that confidentiality is protected in order to develop intercultural training tools. MU-BI has provided limited translation services through some members, but those services should be compensated as required by state law. Read more>
- Navigating Success Conference: Pacific Youth Empowerment for Success (PacYES)
- School Outreach
- Teachers’ cultural training
- HealthCare Outreach
- COFA Health Fest-Partnership with DHS, UHH College of Pharmacy, UHH School of Nursing to enroll people to the HealthCare system, provide free health screening, and provide resources information
- Monthly Health Screening with UHH College of Pharmacy
- Immigration Resources
- Immigration Information outreach–Provide updated immigration information to community, work with COFA Consulate offices to facilitate community outreach events to educate COFA citizens about their rights and responsibilities and to inform community of changes that may impact that their immigration status.
- Promote Micronesian Cultures
- Participate in Cultural Community Outreach
- Sponsor and Facilitate Cultural events to educate the public and bring community awareness.
- Facilitate Youth Cultural events to Perpetuate culture and instill culture pride and identity and common family values.
- Research Studies Projects
- UHH Manoa-Education Research Project-Feasibility of a Micronesian Focus Charter School.
- Participates in conducting community need assessment research.
- Supports and will facilitate research studies that support improving quality of life
Formal membership is open to all Micronesians interested in supporting MUBI and costs $1.00 per year. Meetings are open and ideas, concerns and support are always welcome.