Cultural awareness program


Church of the Holy Apostles in Hilo will host a free talk by Micronesian cultural expert Josie Howard. The Pacific Islander Ministry Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Hawaii and the Micronesian Cultural Awareness Program is sponsoring the event from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Aug. 31, at the church’s campus at 1407 Kapiolani St. Light refreshments will be served.

Howard came to Hawaii from Chuuk in 1988 under the Compact of Free Association Treaty between the Federated States of Micronesia and the U.S., to attend the University of Hawaii.

Howard, with a background in anthropology, is able to explain Micronesian thought patterns to Westerners, and vice versa. She designed the acculturation course for newcomers from Micronesia and trains service providers on how to acculturate and work with Micronesian immigrants.

The Micronesian immigrant population, the newest immigrant population in Hawaii, has been on the rise because of environmental changes, medical issues and poverty that necessitate that many Micronesians seek out a better life elsewhere. In the 1990s the estimate was around 3,800. Today the estimates are 12,000 to 13,000.

“The culture of Micronesia is becoming a vital and vibrant part of life in the Hawaiian Islands and Church of the Holy Apostles is grateful for the opportunity to share this presentation with the Hilo community,” said the Rev. Moki Hino, rector of Church of The Holy Apostles.

For more information about the presentation, please call the church at 935-5545.

 

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