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Selected Community Organizations & Web Resources
Pacific Resources for Education & Learning (PREL)
PREL is an independent, nonprofit organization with staff in Hawai‘i, American Sāmoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Republic of Palau, and the Federated States of Micronesia: Chuuk, Kosrae, Pohnpei, and Yap. PREL collaborates with schools and school systems, families, community organizations, and government agencies to transform education and promote dynamic reciprocal learning communities.
We Are Oceania
We Are Oceania, a non-profit public charity serving the Micronesian and Pacific Island communities throughout the state of Hawai‘i, is aimed at centralizing the support system for all Micronesian communities, families, and individuals in Hawai‘i.
Waipahu Safe Haven
Waipahu Safe Haven provides services to a variety of migrant and immigrant populations, the majority of which are Marshallese and Chuukese families.
By expanding access to needed services in a culturally sensitive way and providing free language interpretation as much as possible for health, housing, jobs, and education, WSH hopes to impact the success of the community.
A unique aspect of the center is the Chuukese and Marshallese steering committees which meet weekly to discuss different areas of need, how to navigate challenges, and build support for one another in their respective communities.
Pacific Voices at Kōkua Kalihi Valley
Pacific Voices is open to all Pacific Islanders, especially those living in the Kalihi area. Pacific Voices started as an afterschool program at Kuhio Park Towers because KKV wanted to create a safe space for children to go to and learn their tradition and cultures. The program helps root youth, many of whom are first generation migrants from Micronesia, in an identity that is often fractured because of such a dramatic relocation.
More broadly, the program provides a safe space for children to be nurtured and educated in a culturally-appropriate manner that places tremendous value on their personal history and circumstance. Pacific Voices provides after-school tutoring, cultural education (eg. chants, dance, stories, etc.), traditional arts and crafts, bilingual/translational education in their origin language, and community navigation.
Micronesian Seminar (MicSem)
A non-governmental organization located in the Federated States of Micronesia.
Micronesian Seminar holds unique publications, media, and photographs on and about the Micronesian region.
Micronesia Area Research Center (MARC)
Includes collections of archival maps, photographs, texts and cultural materials
The East-West Center publishes research reports about a number of topics related to Asia and the Pacific.
Recommended Video - Micronesians in Hawaii
Selected UH-Affiliated Web Resources
Micronesian Government sites
Community Cultural Events