With the start of the 2012–2013 academic year, the center celebrates the opening of Hale Pasifika, a multifunctional space for CPIS and Pacific students at UH Mānoa. In 2008, students and administrative assistant Coco Needham proposed the idea for a student space to then-director David Hanlon, who took the idea to Dean Edward Shultz. Through the continued efforts of Dean Shultz and CPIS staff, students, and alumni, the center is proud to welcome students to a newly renovated space in Henke Hall.
An advisory committee of BA and MA students has taken on the task of defining the purpose and goals for the space so that it will be both a welcoming place for studying, reading, and socializing and a readily available venue for committee meetings, group project meetings, film presentations, and other activities that require a flexible space. Available resources include a desktop computer, worktables, chairs, mats, a mini-fridge, a microwave, and books and journals. Furnishings will initially be kept to a minimum so that the space can be adapted for the needs of our current and incoming students. We invite you to visit Hale Pasifika in Henke Hall room 308.
Keola Kim Diaz (CPIS MA, 2012) and Pete Akuna Sr (CPIS MA, 2012) during the first round of renovations in 2010
Student committee members Daniel Maile, Karin Hermes, and Nikita Salas during a planning meeting in Hale Pasifika