YokweOnline in Honolulu:
I flew out to Honolulu early Tuesday morning, April 1, for the Micronesian Voices Conference at the University of Hawaii at Manoa/Center for Pacific Studies.
At about 2 pm, I arrived at Lincoln Hall on the UHM Campus, where I am staying through Saturday. Conference days are April 3 & 4.
Looking for connectivity was my first priority. The Hall clerk said I needed a cable. I followed the directions to Hale Manoa and ended up meeting a fellow Marshallese who was working in the Hall.
Shem Livai, from Kwajalein, is a third-year student of Mechanical Engineering here. It was a chance meeting, since I didn't need the cord anyway.
When I returned to my room after eating, I ran into Ben Graham, along with his 15-month old son, Ronny. They had flown in from Majuro the day before and are also staying at Lincoln Hall. It was the first time meeting up with Ben face-to-face, and we had a nice chat about Marshallese in Hawaii and the latest news from Majuro.
On Wednesday, Ben will be presenting a pre-conference talk at the Korean Studies Center here on Campus at 12 noon. The talk is open and free to the public.
I thought I was going to end the day online with just Yokwe.net, but relative, Yasta Bolkeim, picked me up for a visit. His wife, Miriam, prepared a delicious fresh fish dinner. I had a great time visiting with his mother, Neita.
"Promoting more information disclosure by the public service, rather than secrecy which may allow corruption to be hidden" - from Nitijela UN Workshop Outcomes Statement, Feb. 17, 2011
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