MU-BI started out with a small “Mo Bettah” Grant from Hawaii Community Foundation, and is currently working with a capacity building grant from Hawaii County Department of Research and Development.
The Needs Assessment uses Micronesian student Interviewers and will create an independent count of Micronesian households and average size of household by major language/cultural group.
MU-BI is developing cultural adaptation handbooks, one for service providers to help them understand the rights COFA Migrants have under the Compacts of free Association, and one for newcomers to help them understand the laws and regulations here.
It is working in the area of economic development possibilities for greater self reliance based on Micronesian skills and cultural strengths.
MU-BI was involved in efforts to get Legal Aid Eligibility re-instated for Micronesians. It has also been involved in efforts to restore Micronesian access to Med Quest Health Insurance.
MULTICULTURAL MARINE CONSERVATION EXCHANGE
MUBI is supporting a Multicultural Marine Conservation Exchange and is translating the Hawaii Marine Fishing Regulations into Chuukese and Marshallese. It is also developing educational material for Micronesians so they can learn from Hawaiian fishing practices.
CONFERENCES & WORKSHOPS
MUBI has supported a number of conferences and workshops to promote cultural understanding for various agencies and has more informational workshops in the planning stages.