By Keola Kim Diaz, CPIS MA 2011 and member of COFA-CAN (Compact of Free Association Community Action Network)
On Saturday, 3 August 2013, members and friends of the outreach program Reach Out Pacific gathered at the UHM Richardson School of Law to help load classroom furniture into a 40 foot container bound for the Marshall Islands. In July, the law school contacted Hawaiʻi State Senator Glen Wakai to notify him that classroom and office furniture were slated to be disposed of. Senator Wakai, founder of ReachOut Pacific, secured the items and coordinated with various community contacts to ship the furniture to the Republic of the Marshall Islands for the community college. More than 30 people arrived early Saturday morning to lend a hand. Volunteers representing the various Pacific Island nations—Palau, Marshall Islands, Yap, and Sāmoa—came eagerly to help. The volunteers loaded the container in about an hour. This will be the third shipment that Reach Out Pacific has sent to the Micronesian region. The container and shipping were donated by Matson Shipping Company.