Honoring Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

May is Asian/ Pacific American Heritage Month – a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. A rather broad term, Asian/Pacific encompasses all of the countries in Asia and the Pacific Islands of Melanesia (New Guinea, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji and the Solomon Islands), Micronesia (Marianas, Guam, Wake Island, Palau, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Nauru and the Federated States of Micronesia) and Polynesia (New Zealand, Hawai‘i, Rotuma, Midway Islands, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Cook Islands, French Polynesia and Easter Island).

Through many research and academic partnerships with Asia and the Pacific Islands (e.g., IPRC, PacIOOS and more), SOEST is part of important cultural and intellectual links within these diverse regions. We join the celebration in recognition of the cultural, technological and scientific contributions of Asians and Pacific Islanders in our community and across the country. 

Below is a selection of events and resources to support and learn more about Asian and Pacific Island people, places and language. 


— Monday, May 9, 10 – 11:30 am “Navigating the In-Between: Oceania in the Pacific Century” in partnership with UH Mānoa Center for Pacific Island Studies, Hawai‘i Contemporary, East-West Center Arts Program and the Pacific Islands Development Program. More information and registration here

— Thursday, May 12, 5 – 10 pm Pacific Graduation organized by the Pan Pacific Association (student group focused on the Pacific and Pacific Islander students). Register here.

— Thursday May 12, 6 – 7:30 pm (and May 24) Sciences and Sacred Seminar Series: Indigenous Data Sovereignty and Knowledge Stewardship hosted by Hawaiʻi Sea Grant Ulana ‘Ike Center of Excellence and the Biocultural Initiative of the Pacific

— Saturday, May 21, 10 am – 3 pm Celebrate Micronesia Festival in partnership with the UH Mānoa Center for Pacific Island Studies, Pacific Islands Development Program and Bishop Museum (in person and online). More information here


Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Geosciences, a grassroots, member-driven organization committed to building a community that supports AAPIs within geosciences. 

AGILE is a multi-institution project that includes programs to enhance participation and belonging for Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities in geosciences.

As UH is striving to be a Native Hawaiian Place of Learning (NHPoL), references and resources below provide information about student support and opportunities to learn more about place and Hawaiian language and culture. 

— The UHM NHPoL Advancement Office produces a Weekly Update with upcoming events, gatherings, announcements, job postings, and other news. Sign up here

— Guidance on best practices for community-embedded research in Hawaiʻi can be found in the Kūlana Noiʻi.

Native Hawaiian Science & Engineering Mentorship Program (NHSEMP)

— UH Mānoa Native Hawaiian Student Services (NHSS)

SOEST Maile Mentoring Bridge

Nā Puke Wehewehe ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi, Hawaiian dictionary and electronic library.