Highly Engaged Learning Positions (HELP)


Welcome to the Highly Engaged Learning Positions (HELP) at the Pacific Islander Student Center (PISC) at the University of Hawaii at Hilo. The HELP program is part of the high impact student employment initiative at the PISC funded by the AANAPISI grant from the US DOE. HELP enables Pacific Islander students at UH Hilo to create meaningful employment opportunities that impact their education while fulfilling a need in the Pacific Islander communities on campus, Big Island, or throughout the Pacific Island regions.

On this website, you can find all things related to the experiential learning and employment opportunities for Pacific Islander students on campus, in the State of Hawaii, or throughout the Pacific region. During the summer our HELP participants (HELPers) will be blogging about their experiential learning positions throughout Hawaii and the Pacific region. Read more

Film Screening – Breadfruit & Open Spaces


As part of the HELP Symposium celebration, the Pacific Islander Student Center will be screening the film, “Breadfruit & Open Spaces,” a documentary film about Micronesians reaching out to Guam by filmmaker and UH Manoa faculty, Dr. Lola Quan Bautista. The public is invited.

What: Film Screening: “Breadfruit & Open Spaces”
When: Thursday, May 1, 2014
Time: 11:30 AM (Bring your lunch)
Place: Pacific Islander Student Center, Campus Center 307

The Film

Breadfruit & Open Spaces explores the journey of a group of Pacific Islander immigrants from the Federated States of Micronesia who are now living on Guam. This half-hour documentary profiles their struggle to hold their ground and find a voice on a new island, while maintaining ties to their families on their home island of Chuuk. The film is shot in an intimate, backyard style and gives a rare look into the personal lives of Pacific Islander immigrants who work and attend school on Guam and enjoy living in open spaces where families gather and traditional foods are grown. Read more