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Major Sponsors

logo-prosecutorCounty of Hawaii

The County of Hawaii through the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney and the Project Assistance Grant have funded the Navigating Success – Pacific Youth Empowerment Conference. Members of the Prosecutor’s staff serve on the planning committee. Website:

logo-MU-BIMicronesians Unted – Big Island (MU-BI)

Micronesians United – Big Island (MU-BI) is a Hawaii-based nonprofit organization with the mission of empowering Micronesians for greater self-reliance, and to educate Micronesians and the Big Island community about their respective cultures, rights, and responsibilities. MU-BI is led by its President, Mr. Jermy Uowolo and a volunteer Advisory Board and supporters. Website:

PISC_logo-562Pacific Islander Student Center

Funded by the AANAPISI grant, the Pacific Islander Student Center at UH Hilo was established in 2010 to facilitate the success of Pacific Islander students in higher education. Recognizing that under-represented students are sometimes marginalized on college campuses, the Pacific Islander Student Center at UH Hilo encourages and supports the achievements and contributions of Pacific Islanders on campus and in the surrounding community. Website:

logo-UH Hilo-DiversityUH Hilo’s Diversity Committee Fund

The UH Hilo Diversity Committee assists the UH Hilo campus “to cultivate, sustain and reflect a diverse, multicultural university that is rooted in the indigenous history of Hawai‘i” (UH Hilo Strategic Plan 2011-2015). The committee provides advice, consultation and recommendations to the chancellor and his senior leadership team that help UH Hilo promote a diverse, inclusive and respectful campus community. It serves as a venue for facilitating campus-wide dialogue on diversity issues related to our living, learning and working environment. Website:

greggor-ilaganCouncilman Greggor Ilagan

Greggor Ilagan, who represents County District 4 “believes that young people have the power to change the world by putting others first.” Originally from the Philippines, Ilagan graduated from Waiakea High School and served in the Hawai’i Air National Guard.


We thank the following individuals who have made financial and in-kind donations to the event.


We are grateful to these organizations for participating in our Resource Fair.

  • UH Hilo Admissions Office
  • UH Hilo Upward Bound Program
  • UH Hilo Student Support Services Program (SSSP)
  • UH Hilo Pacific Island Mobile Screening Clinic (PIMSC)
  • UH Hilo Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy
  • UH Hilo Minority Access & Achievement Program (MAAP)
  • UH Hilo Student Health & Wellness Program
  • UH Hilo Center for Global Education & Exchanges
  • UH Hilo International Student Services & Intercultural Education (ISS & IE)
  • UH Hilo Pacific Islands Programs for Exploring Science (PIPES)
  • UH Hilo Office of Applied Learning Experiences (ALEX)
  • UH Hilo Campus & Community Service Office
  • UH Hilo Marine Science Department
  • UH Hilo Political Science Department
  • UH Hilo Department of Anthropology
  • UH Hilo Pacific Islands Studies Certificate
  • UH Hilo Chuukese Student Association
  • UH Hilo Ngelekel Belau
  • UH Hilo Pohnpei Kaselelhia Club
  • UH Hilo Tupulaga O Samoa Mo A Taeao
  • UH Hilo Marshallese Iakwe Club
  • UH Hilo Kosrae Hilo Organization
  • UH Hilo Waab Student Organization
  • Gongfuball Academy of Athletic Development (GAAD)
  • Hawaii Community College – Outreach Office
  • United States Peace Corps
  • Hilo – Waiakea Area Complex (English Language Learners Program)
  • Waiakea High School AVID program
  • Hawaii County – Hawaii Police Department
  • Hawaii County – Division of Conservation & Resource Enforcement
  • Kalalau: Rediscovering the Ahupua’a Life System

Planning Committee 2015

  • Jermy Uowolo – President, Micronesians United – Big Island (MU-BI)
  • Tim Hansen – Special Projects Coordinator, Hawaii County Office of the Prosecuting Attorney
  • Vid Raatior – Director, UH Hilo, Pacific Islander Student Center
  • Nerie Padamada – ELL Resource Teacher, Hilo – Waiakea Area Complex
  • Andrew Polloi – Assistant Director, UH Hilo Counseling Services / Board, MU-BI
  • Steven Martin – CEO, Gongfuball Academy of Academic Development (GAAD)
  • Eddie Yeichy – Youth Volunteer, Office of the Prosecuting Attorney
  • Lashay Masami – UH Hilo Student, Highly Engaged Learning Position (HELP) program
  • Tulpe Day – Assistant, Hawaii County Immigration Information Office / Board, MU-BI
  • Craig Severance – Faculty (emeritus), UH Hilo Anthropology Department / Supporter, MU-BI
  • Robert Bowman – Tech Integration RT, Hilo – Waiakea Area Complex
  • Micaela Lewis Aizawa – Treasurer, Micronesians United – Big Island (MU-BI)
  • Lexi McKay – Hawaii County Office of the Prosecuting Attorney
  • Jay Ihara – Hawaii County Office of the Prosecuting Attorney