Greetings from Oceania - Voices of Pacific Island Nations (VOPIN): Talofa (Samoa), Hafa Adai (Guam), Aloha (Hawaii), Malo-e-lelei (Tonga), Iakwe (Marshal Islands), Bula (Fiji), Malo ni (Tokelau), Kia ora (Mario), Fakaalofa atu (Niue), Kia orana (Cook Islands), Gude (Papua New Guinea), [Federated States of Micronesia - Mogethin (Yap), Ran allim (Chuuk), Kaselehlia (Pohnpie), Len wo (Kosrae)] and the Solomon Islands (Principle language is English)…
Dear Friends and Colleagues
Our Board of Directors and Team recently agreed to rebrand our organization to reflect the diversity of Pacific Islander communities in our Washington State. Our new organization name--Voices of Pacific Island Nations (VOPIN)--is intended to foster unity and representation of the Pacific Region's multiple subculture or Oceania. Although Pacific Islanders in Washington State are from different island nations of Oceania, the national and local data suggested that Pacific Islanders are underrepresented, misrepresented, and facing multiple challenges in this complex socio-economic system.
Our Board of Directors and Team here at VOPIN would like to take this opportunity to say, "Fa'afetai tele and Thank you" for your unyielding support over the years. Thank you for your patience and understanding during these difficult times in our communities. Most importantly, keep one another in your prayers!
"In our division, we allow the enemy to prevail. Only collectively, we shall rise above uncertainties and our fears!"
Stay safe! Stay hopeful! Stay strong!