The Pacific Youth Empowerment for Success (PacYES!) is possible with the commitment and support of the following sponsors organizations, individuals, businesses, and agencies. Join Now>>

Major Sponsors

Prosecuting Attorney Mitch Roth

The County of Hawaii through the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney has been a co-sponsor of this conference from the very beginning through the support and leadership of Mitch Roth. Website:

Micronesians 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. Website:

University of Hawai’i at Hilo

The University of Hawai’i at Hilo provides valuable support through the following programs and offices led by their respective directors.

Hilo-Waiakea Complex Area

The Department of Education’s Hilo-Waiakea Complex Area has been a strong supporter of the PacYES conference through the leadership of the English Language Learners (ELL) particularly Nerie Padamada. Visit website

Kilisou Fishing

Kilisou Fishing is a family-run fishing charter business operated by the Severance ohana. Dr. Craig Severance has been an active leader in the Micronesian community in the State of Hawai’i.

Pacific FocusEd

Pacific FocusEd Initiative supports the PacYES conference through pro bono consulting and website design through the leadership of founder Dr. Vid Raatior. Website:


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