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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

News, Updates, Pasefika (Pacific) history and heritage

See some of the work VOPIN is doing at a local high school in Kitsap County.

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.

Watch Untold Pacific History on our Arts and Culture page