Micronesian Parents Meeting in Kona

micronesians-unite-for-our-kids-nov2016The Micronesians United – Big Island (MU-BI), Education Planning Committee invite all Hawaii Island parents from the FSM (Chuuk, Kosrae, Pohnpei, Yap), the Marshall Islands, and Palau to join us for a community presentation and discussion on the future of our children in Hawaii. Members of our consultancy team of researchers from UH Manoaʻs College of Education will present their findings on a yearlong research into the hopes and aspirations of our larger Micronesian community on Oahu, Maui, and Big Island. It will be followed by a discussion on viable cultural & academic enrichment opportunities for our children to succeed in Hawaii’s public school system. We look forward to seeing everyone.

What: Micronesians United for Our Children: Community Meeting
When: Saturday, November 12, 2016
Time: 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm (potluck lunch)
Where: West Hawaii Civic Center (Kailua-Kona), Council Chamber located at 74-5044 Ane Keohokalole Hwy, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740

For more information, please contact Tom Raffipiy, Chair of the MU-BI Education Planning Committee at (808) 217 – 1041 or tom@mu-bi.org.

 

 

Immigration Information Sessions on Big Island

Flyer U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), in partnership with the Hawaii County Immigration Services Office, and Catholic Charities Hawaii General Immigration Services, invites you to attend our Immigration Information Sessions from Wednesday, September 16, to Thursday, September 17, 2015. All sessions are FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Please share this invitation widely with your colleagues, friends, and relatives in Hawaii County. We welcome your attendance at multiple sessions if you are interested in more than one topic.

Please download the flyer for our schedule of outreach events. Questions about these outreach events may be emailed to Darlene.K.Kutara@uscis.dhs.gov.

We look forward to meeting our neighbors on the Big Island!

Seeking Micronesians for Focus Groups on Educational Experiences

Sharing-Circles

Micronesians United – Big Island (MU-BI) and several non-profit organizations in Hawaii; namely, Faith Action for Community Equity (FACE),  The Learning Coalition (TLC), and We Are Oceania (WAO) – are co-sponsoring a research study to determine the feasibility of establishing a Micronesian-focused charter school or other educational programs in Hawaii. They have contracted a team of doctoral students in the College of Education at the University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa to conduct the research and present their findings in December, 2015.

The Research Team is scheduled to conduct several gender-based Sharing Circles (focus groups) with key stakeholders from the Micronesian community on Hawaii Island, Maui, and Oahu who are interested in the education of Micronesian children. If you are interested in being a part of these informal talk story circles, please contact the various leaders of the sponsoring organizations (their names and contact info are below). The results of these focus groups and other research methods will provide valuable information for the field of indigenous education and more specifically Micronesian culture-based education.

Hawaii Island
(Sponsored by MU-BI)

  • Men: Saturday, June 27, 2015, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, UH Hilo, Kanakaʻole Hall (K)  Room 122 (Contact: Dr. Craig Severance, 808-640-1670) – map & direction
  • Women: Saturday, July 11, 2015, 8:00 – 10:00 am, UH Hilo, Kanakaʻole Hall (K) Room 122 (Contact: Tulpe Day, 808-333-1571) – map & direction

Maui
(Sponsored by FACE)

  • Female: Monday, July 13, 2015, 7:00 – 9:00 pm, Location – to be determined (Contact: Tasha Kama, 808-879-3195)

Oahu
(Sponsored by WAO)

  • Men: Friday, July 3, 2015, 9:00 – Noon, St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church, 720 N. King St., (Contact: Jojo Peter, 808-393-4235) – map & directions
  • Women: Friday, July 3, 2015, 9:00 – 12:00 pm, St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church, Classroom 1 (Contact: Josie Howard, 808-425-0327) – map & directions

———- Important Information ———

Activities and Time Commitment: If you agree to participate, you will be interviewed in a small group consisting of other community members from the Freely Associated States (FAS) diaspora. The focus group discussion will last about 2 hours and may be audio and video recorded so that we can have a written record that can be analyzed later. The focus group activity will be informal, a time to share your experiences as a member of the Micronesian diaspora in Hawai`i who is interested in education for Micronesian children.

Benefits and Risks: While you will receive no direct benefit from participating in this study, your sharing is meaningful and will help the four client organizations to better understand the community demand and interest in establishing a Micronesian culture-based educational program. We believe there is little or no risk to you in participating in this project. If, however, you are uncomfortable with any of the interview questions, we will skip the question, or take a break, or stop the focus group, or you may withdraw from the study altogether.

Confidentiality and Privacy: During this research project, all data from the focus groups will be kept in a secure location. Only the researchers and their graduate advisors will have access to the data, although legally authorized agencies, including the University of Hawai`i Human Studies Program, have the right to review research records.

After the focus group sessions are transcribed, the research team will destroy the audio and video recordings. No names or other personally identifying information will be used in the writing of this research project. In typed transcripts, a pseudonym or fake name will be used; your real name or other personally identifying information will not be used. If you would like a summary of the findings from the final report, please contact Ed Noh (ednoh@hawaii.edu).

Voluntary Participation: Participation in this research study is voluntary. You can choose freely to participate or not to participate. In addition, at any point during this project, you can withdraw your permission without any penalty or loss of benefits.

Questions: If you have any questions about this project, please contact Ed Noh (ednoh@hawaii.edu) or email graduate advisor Dr. Mary Hattori (maryh@hawaii.edu). If you have questions about your rights as a research participant in this project, you can contact the University of Hawai`i, Human Studies Program, by phone at (808) 956-5007 or by email at uhirb@hawaii.edu.

If you agree to participate in this project, please contact Vid Raatior (raatior@hawaii.edu or 808-430-2017). You will be required to sign the following consent form at the talking circle.

————– At the Meeting, Participants will Sign this Waiver Form ————–

Signature for Consent:

I agree to participate in the research project entitled, Feasibility Study for the Establishment of a Micronesian-Focused Charter School or Other Educational Programs. I understand that I can change my mind about participating in this project at any time by notifying the researcher.
Your Name (Print): ________________________________________________________
Your Signature: ___________________________________________________________
Date: _____________________

Help Typhoon Maysak Victims

Click on photos to enlage. Photo credits: Brad Holland, Anthony C. Tareg, PMA

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Excerpt from Red Cross International:

“On 27 March, super typhoon Maysak brought widespread destruction to islands across the Federated States of Micronesia, killing five people and leaving thousands displaced from their homes. Chuuk and Yap States bore the brunt of the typhoon, which lashed the Pacific island nation six days. Winds reaching over 200kph and torrential rains caused extensive damage to property, infrastructure and agricultural production.

Both Chuuk and Yap are under a state of emergency as efforts to assess the scale of the damage continue. Getting accurate information has been challenging due to power outages, damaged communications systems and the fact that many islands are only accessible by boat. ” >>Read more

Please help the victims of Super Typhoon Maysak in the outer islands of Yap and in Chuuk.

WAYS TO HELP

  • JOIN us on Saturday, April 18, 2015, 5:00 – 7:00 pm at UH Hilo’s UCB 100 for the film screening and panel discussion of the new documentary, “At Home While Away.” We will also discuss the various ways to help in the typhoon relief efforts.
  • CHECK: Make a tax deductible donation to “Micronesians United – Big Island” and write in the memo: “Maysak Relief Fund” and send to the MU-BI Treasurer, Micaela Lewis Aizawa, PO Box 5451, Hilo, HI 96720.
  • ONLINE: Make an online donation to the following funds:
  • BRING: We are collecting nonperishable canned goods, waters, rice, flours, tarps, and small hand tools such as machete, saws, hammers, and nails, flashlights, batteries. Please bring items to the film screening on Saturday.

Unless stated otherwise, all donations will be divided among the local relief efforts in Chuuk and Yap.

Film Screening & Panel – At Home While Away

700-screeningMicronesians United – Big Island (MU-BI) and UH Hilo’s Pacific Islander Student Center (PISC) are sponsoring a screening of the newly released film, “At Home While Away” on Saturday, April 18, 2015, at 5:00 PM at UCB 100 on the UH Hilo campus. The free screening will be introduced by Nathan Fitch the filmmaker who will be part of the panel after the showing to answer questions. Joining him are the two Big Island residents featured in the film; namely, Thomas Raffipiy from T & T Electric and Max Yarawamai of the Resort Management Group. Help with Typhoon Relief effort>>

Film Synopsis

400pix - download Home While AwayAt Home While Away tells the stories of eight migrants from Micronesia, who have traveled many thousands of miles to seek a better life for themselves, and their families. Told in their own voices with beautiful cinematography, the documentary presents a contrasting view to the negative media coverage of the Micronesian experience in Hawaii, and the US mainland. At Home While Away asks viewers to consider the definition of success, from a prospective that places great value on family, and community.  Language: English | Length: 55 minutes | Cost: Free  | Download Poster

About the Filmmaker

Jonathan Fitch is a filmmaker and photographer based in New York, and a member of the Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective. A former Peace Corps volunteer in the FSM, Nathan holds an MFA from Hunter college, and has had his work published by The New York Times Op Docs, TIME Magazine, NPR and WNYC, to name a few. Nathan was awarded 2nd prize in Picture of the Year International for his short film about the effects of Hurricane sandy upon a community in Coney Island, and the prestigious Welfare and Scholarship award. Nathan is in production on his first feature film ISLAND SOLDIER, which is supported by Pacific Islanders in Communications, and the Guam Humanities Council.

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Immigration Office Outreach to Marshallese Community on Big Island

Outreach-RMI
The County of Hawaii Immigration Information Office invites all citizens of the Republic of the Marshall Islands to a special outreach event on Saturday, April 4, 2015 at 10:00 – 12:00 pm at the West Hawaii Civic Center, Community Meeting Hale (Bldg G) located at 74-5044 Ane Keohokalole Hwy in Kailua-Kona.

Services to be provided include:

  • I-9 Information
  • I-94 Replacement
  • Passport Renewal ($50) / Replacement ($100)
  • Green Card and US Citizenship eligibility information

Appointments are highly recommended. To schedule an appointment or for additional information, please contact Rose Bautista or Tulpe Day (808) 961-8220.

Please download the flyer and post in your churches, work places, community halls.

Emiliana Musrasrik to Speak at UH Hilo on Migration & Human Trafficking Issues

Emi-MusrasrikMU-BI is co-sponsoring the upcoming presentation by Ms. ​ Emiliana ​Musrasrik coordinator of the IOM-funded Migrant Resource Center (MRC) located in Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia (FSM). Emi ​will focus on the UN-sponsored International Organization for Migration who’s mission is “committed to the principle that humane and orderly migration benefits migrants and society” and the work at the MRC. All are invited.

What: Migration & Human Trafficking Issues in the FSM
Where: Pacific Islander Student Center (Campus Center 307)
When: Thursday, March 12, 2015
Time: 2:00 – 3:15 pm
Cost: Open to Public

Sponsors

  • Anthropology: ANTH 435: Indigenous Issues in Contemporary Pacific” (Dr. Joseph Genz)
  • Catholic Charities Hawaii – Immigrant Resource Center
  • County of Hawaii Immigration Information Office
  • Kosrae Hilo Organization (KHO)
  • Micronesians United – Big Island (MU-BI)
  • UH Hilo’s Pacific Islands Studies Certificate
  • UH Hilo’s Pacific Islander Student Center
  • UH Hilo’s The Women’s Center

Register Now

Click here to register online through the Pacific Students website.

COFA Community Health Care Plans Sign Up Day

Event: COFA Health Care Day
Date: Saturday, January 24, 2015
Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: UH Hilo, Pacific Islander Student Center, Campus Center 307 (Free parking)
Cost: Free

MU-BI is co-sponsoring this event with the Pacific Island Student Center at UHH, community church leaders, and Hawaii Health Connector to help our COFA community members on the Big Island sign up for affordable health care plans for individuals and families. Please come with Photo ID, Passport (even if expired), and household income information so you can sign up for coverage for yourself and your family before the deadline date of Feb. 15th 2015.

Activities:

• Get help to find, compare and choose health plans for yourself and your family
• Get help to determine if you and your family is eligible for low-cost or no-cost health plans
• Get help to find if you and your family qualify for financial help to lower your cost of health care

For more information, call (808) 365-2220 or (808) 640-1670. Download the poster now>>

“Making Sense of Micronesia…” – Talk by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

MU-BI is co-sponsoring with the East-West Center and the Pacific Islander Student Center at UH Hilo the public lectures / discussions led by Fr. Francis X. Hezel, SJ – Jesuit scholar, author, historian on Micronesia, and Adjunct Senior Fellow at the East-West Center at UH Manoa. The visiting expert on Micronesia will conduct two free public lectures / discussions (see abstracts below) for anyone interested .

Wednesday, March 19, 2014
University of Hawaii at Hilo, 200 W. Kawili St., Hilo
Campus Center 301
(campus map)
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  • 1:30 – 3:00 pm  – “Making Sense of Micronesia: The Logic of Pacific Island Culture”
  • 5:00 – 6:00 pm – “Women’s Roles in Micronesia: Then and Now”

francis-hezel-sjABOUT THE SPEAKER

Former director of the Micronesian Seminar and currently serving as Adjunct Senior Fellow at the East-West Center, Fr. Hezel has published a half dozen books and well over sixty articles on Micronesia and his influence on Micronesian studies has been described as formidable. He is frequently consulted within and beyond Micronesia by government officials, educators, researchers, and development specialists. He has received honorary doctorate degrees from the University of Guam and Fordham University, his alma mater. Most recently, Hezel has been conducting research with Micronesians now living in the United States. His latest book, “Making Sense of Micronesia: The Logic of Pacific Island Culture” was published last year by UH Press. His other books include The First Taint of Civilization, Strangers in Their Own Land,  The New Shape of Old Island Cultures, and The Caroline Islands: History of the Diocese.

Lecture 1:

MakingSenseMicronesia_BookCover“Making Sense of Micronesia: The Logic of Pacific Island Culture”

(Co-sponsored by Micronesians United – Big Island)

Abstract: Who are these Micronesians in Hawaii? Why are they here? Why do Micronesian women and youth seem so silent? Why do these people, unfailingly polite for the most part, laugh openly when others embarrass themselves? What does a smile mean to an islander? What might a sudden lapse into silence signify? Why are they so lavishly generous with food and material possessions but seem guarded or event absent from school functions? These questions are common in encounters with an unfamiliar Pacific Island culture. This talk is intended for Americans who find themselves in contact with Micronesians—as teachers, social workers, health-care providers, or simply as friends—and are puzzled by their island ways. It is for anyone struggling to make sense of cultural exchanges they don’t quite understand. 

Lecture 2:

“Women’s Roles in Micronesia: Then and Now”

(Co-sponsored by the HIST 411 – Family & Gender in Oceania class at UH Hilo; Prof. Kerri Inglis)

Abstract: Women’s power was once real but understated. Because of changes in the family brought on by monetization of the economy beginning in the 1960s, women’s power has been diminished and they today face serious abuse problems they had never faced before.

(Remember: March is Women’s History Month! learn more>)

Please share with your friends, colleagues, and contacts in the community, schools, agencies, churches, etc.

 

Court Interpreters Needed – Info Session

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Help our people in the court system by serving as a court interpreter. If you are bilingual, 18 years or older, eligible to work in the U.S., need additional income, and want to help your community, then you may want to join a free informational session on how to become a State Court Interpreter.

When: Thursday, January 16, 2014
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Location: UH Hilo, Campus Center Room 306 (next door to Pacific Islander Student Center)

For more information, contact: Hawaii State Judiciary, Office on Equality and Access to the Courts (808) 539-4860, oeac@courts.hawaii.gov, www.courts.state.hi.us/courtinterpreting