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Our Mission

The Voices of Pacific Island Nations (VOPIN) is committed to inspiring Pasefika (Pacific Islander) students and families by providing high-quality, culturally responsive services and resources to eliminate educational and opportunity inequities. We serve as a bridge to develop stronger relationships between students, families, schools, and the community.

  • Students and Families Served
    Students and Families Served

    100

  • Departments: Youth and Young Adults, Family Services, Arts and Culture
    Departments: Youth and Young Adults, Family Services, Arts and Culture

    3

  • Volunteer Hours
    Volunteer Hours

    2,000

  • Dollars Raised
    Dollars Raised

    $4500

Sharing the history and heritage of Pasefika (Pacific) Identity!

Math is a challenge for most students, which can cause math anxiety that leads to disengagement from other subjects. The mission of VOPIN is to encourage and engage our students to take ownership and be responsible for their learning. The video was taken during a math tutoring session.

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The 'Mau' was a non-violent movement for Samoa's independence from colonial rule during the first half of the 20th century. 'Mau' means 'resolute' or 'resolved' in the sense of 'opinion,' 'unwavering,' also denoting 'firm strength' in Samoan. The motto for the Mau were the words 'Samoa mo Samoa (Samoa for the Samoans).' The movement began on the island of Savai'i with the 'Mau a Pule' resistance in the early 1900s with widespread support throughout the country by the late 1920s... The 'Mau' included women who supported the national organization through leadership and organization as well as taking part in marches...

Duke Paoa Kahinu Mokoe Hulikohola Kahanamoku was born (August 24, 1890 – January 22, 1968) to a noble family of Native Hawaiians of Duke Halapu Kahanamoku and Julia Pa’akonia Lonokahikina Paoa. Ms. Paoa was a direct descendant of Kamehameha I. Shortly after Duke Jr. was born, the Hawaiian Kingdom was overthrown, the territory became a state, and Duke became a United States citizen. Duke Jr. had five brothers and three sisters.

Representing the United States in the Olympics, Duke Medal record: 1912 Stockholm Olympic - Gold Medal in the 100m freestyle | 1912 Stockholm Olympic - Silver Medal in the 4 x 200m freestyle | 1920 Antwerp Olympic - Gold Medal in the 100m freestyle | 1920 Antwerp Olympic - Gold Medal in the 4 x 200m freestyle | 1924 Paris Olympic - Silver Medal in the 100m freestyle

Duke surfed on, January 22, 1968, at the age of 77 from a heart attack.