The center collaborates with several community partners who share in our mission of bringing together people and resources to promote an understanding of the Pacific Islands and issues of concern to Pacific Islanders.
Our community partners include other academic institutions, nonprofit organizations, and organizers of annual community events. Community partners are based in Hawai‘i, the continental United States, and throughout Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia. Partnering with local, national, and international organizations allows the center and its partners to leverage our collective resources, talents, and passions toward serving Pacific Islander communities.
The Center for Pacific Islands Studies Visiting Artist Program began in 2002. The program, which was made possible by a US Department of Education Title VI grant, brought an artist to campus, usually during spring semester, for varying lengths of time, to visit classes, take part in public programs on the Mānoa campus and other UH campuses, and, occasionally, to teach a course. Though the program has ended, the visiting artists have maintained close and collaborative ties with the center.
The center is involved in a number of innovative, collaborative projects involving faculty and staff from other institutions within and outside the region, such as the University of the South Pacific, the University of the West Indies, and the East-West Center. These collaborative projects expand the outreach of the center, enhance learning opportunities for our students, and capitalize on the strengths of the resources at each institution.