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Hawaii Marshallese to Honor Student Achievers on May 12

Contributed by YokweOnline on May 04, 2012 - 05:54 AM
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For the fifth year, the Marshall Islander leadership and community in Hawaii will honor academic excellence and parent involvement with its Annual Marshallese Education Day (MED) on May 12, at the McCoy Pavilion, Ala Moana Beach Park. The event, open to the public, provides parent/child training sessions, offers educational resources, and features a free lunch with entertainment.

“Booj Lolatat Non Jelalokjen- Educating Minds for the Future” is the MED theme and goal. Marshallese middle and high school students who have made Honor Roll this past semester in the state of Hawaii's schools' system,, will be awarded for their achievements at the opening MED ceremony.


NWA Marshallese Prepare for Annual Constitution Day Celebration

Contributed by YokweOnline on Apr 26, 2012 - 06:27 PM
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The Northwest Arkansas Marshallese Community will celebrate the anniversary of the Republic of the Marshall Islands' Constitution over three days, May 25-28. The Steering Committee, comprised of representatives/Pastors from Marshallese churches, groups, Springdale School, and agencies in closed working relationship with RMI Consulate General Office in Arkansas, is proud to host this year's "Jemenei Day." Everyone is invited to participate with free admission. The event flyer (kojjela), listing the planned activities, schedules, and information for visiting teams, follows.


Marshall Islands Officials and US Adoptive Parents Meet in Minnesota

Contributed by YokweOnline on Apr 26, 2012 - 06:48 AM
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Officials from the Republic of the Marshall Islands met last weekend in Minneapolis with Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota, the agency facilitating adoptions from the small, Pacific nation.  Secretary of Internal Affairs Daisy Momotaro accompanied the RMI Central Adoption Authority's Claudia Phillipo, Donna Ishoda and lawyer Gordon Benjamin.

The RMI visitors received an exuberant welcome from area families who had adopted kids from the Marshalls. According to adoptive parents Shawn and Teresa Nilsson, who attended the reception, the group's mission was to see how well the adopted children are doing in the US. "I would say that they were doing well," said Nilsson.


All Mike Men's Basketball Championship on Saturday

Contributed by YokweOnline on Apr 24, 2012 - 07:04 PM
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The Micronesian Community cordially invites you to its second Championship Game of the All Mike Men’s Basketball Tournament on April 28, 2012, 5 p.m. -10 p.m. at the University of Hawaii’s Klum Gym.

This game culminates a three month long basketball tournament with an emphasis on developing leadership and a healthy community. Over twenty teams from Palau, Federated States of Micronesia, and the Marshall Islands participated in the Tourney.


UoH Offers Tuition-free Beginning Marshallese Language Classes

Contributed by YokweOnline on Apr 18, 2012 - 10:06 PM
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The Center for Pacific Islands Studies is excited to announce a one-time opportunity of free tuition for language studies in Beginning Marshallese during University of Hawaii at Manoa’s Summer Extension 2012. Interested students are encouraged to register soon as class size is limited to 20.  

University of Hawaii students will only be charged the admin fee of $175 per course. Non-University students or community members can enroll in Beginning Marshallese classes by applying before May 11, 2012. Follow the application instructions at the Outreach College summer website:


Marshallese in Iowa and Oregon Announce May Celebrations

Contributed by YokweOnline on Apr 06, 2012 - 09:20 PM
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Marshallese communities across the United States are gearing up for unique and special celebrations held annually during Memorial Day holiday in honor of their Pacific homeland. They will commemorate the Republic of the Marshall Islands 33rd Constitutional Day during the 3-day weekend instead of on the national day of May 1 to give time for travel and sports competitions.

First in announcing their 2012 events are community organizations from Iowa and Oregon. Both festivities will begin on May 26 and conclude on May 28. Details follow:


Marshall Islands: College Capstone Projects Deal with Postpartum Depression and Phys Ed

Contributed by YokweOnline on Apr 04, 2012 - 06:57 PM
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College of the Marshall Islands’ (CMI) students Samantha Leon and Travis Clark recently presented their Capstone Research Project findings on two distinctly different yet critical topics for the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI): physical education and postpartum depression.

The Capstone project is an option for graduating CMI Liberal Arts seniors. Students choose their research question and, under the guidance of mentors and faculty, conduct a research project which might include surveys, questionnaires, and data collections. Leon decided to focus on postpartum depression, a serious mental illness which generally affects women during and after pregnancy while Clark focused on physical education.


College of the Marshall Islands: Reiher Returns from Japan Solar Training Program with New Ideas

Contributed by YokweOnline on Feb 29, 2012 - 05:13 PM
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After a month long solar and renewable energy training program in Japan, CMI’s Physical Plant Director William Reiher has returned with new ideas on how to run the college exclusively on solar and wind powered energy.

Reiher was accepted as one of eight participants into the JICA funded training program. Other countries represented included Micronesia, Maldives, Tuvalu, Tonga, Sudan and Mongolia.  The participants spent two weeks of their training in Okinawa, but also had site visits to Miyako Jima, Ishigaki, Yonaguni and Osaka in mainland Japan.


2nd Annual All Mike Men’s Basketball Tournament Begins Saturday

Contributed by YokweOnline on Feb 25, 2012 - 12:54 PM
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The 2nd Annual All Mike Men’s Basketball , sponsored by Micronesian Health Advisory Coalition (MHAC), is set to begin this Saturday, February 25, 2012, 1:00 pm., at the Palolo Gym in Honolulu. The Tournament is scheduled to run through April 28.

Opening Day will open with a brief ceremony followed by a spectacular display of six talented young teams going head to head to kickoff this much–anticipated basketball tournament of Micronesian teams.


Pianist Touches Musical Heartstrings of Marshall Islands' Community

Contributed by YokweOnline on Feb 22, 2012 - 11:48 PM
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An internationally-active American concert pianist captured the hearts of Majuro citizens with his performance on Valentine's Day at the capital atoll's International Convention Center.

Roman Rudnytsky, on his fourth Micronesian tour, played classical selections from Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, and Debussy as well as the ever-popular piano rendition of George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue. The ICC recital, attended by RMI President Christopher Loeak and First Lady, was broadcast live throughout all the Marshall Islands.


Documentary Video Explores Outrigger Canoe Tradition in Marshall Islands

Contributed by YokweOnline on Dec 17, 2011 - 12:08 AM
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Wa Kuk Wa Jimor – Marshallese Canoes Today, a new film on the canoe tradition in the Marshall Islands, will be shown this month on 'Olelo Community Television.  The canoe tradition is one of the foundations of Marshallese culture. In the past it was the key to survival in the Marshall Islands, and it continues to embody many of the key values and practices of traditional Marshallese culture. Wa Kuk Wa Jimor – Marshallese Canoes Today (55 min, 2011), by Rachel Miller, introduces the tradition of the Marshallese canoe--including the history, types, and technological innovations of the canoes--and the complex connection between the canoe and Marshallese culture.


Marshall Islands First Lady's Mother and Child Program Reaches 24 Atolls

Contributed by YokweOnline on Nov 23, 2011 - 04:52 PM
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The First Lady of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Mrs. Hannah Zedkaia, traveled to the outer islands of Namu, Wotje, and Likiep recently to distribute baby clothes and items under her “Mother and Child Outreach Program.”

Shortly after her arrival back in the capital atoll of Majuro, the First Lady flew to Mili Atoll, but arrived back in time for the national elections. 


Marshall Islands Radio, Now Online, Brings Election Excitement to Citizens Abroad

Contributed by YokweOnline on Nov 21, 2011 - 05:53 PM
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Social media and the internet broadcast of Republic of the Marshall Islands radio completely changed the way off-island Marshallese participated in the 2011 RMI National Election. For the first time, with internet access, citizens residing abroad, were able to hear the tabulation counts as they are announced from Election headquarters.  As counts were read over V7AB last night and today, the government radio station in Majuro, the news was shared across Facebook and website forums.

The radio connection brought the excitement of the election at home to those abroad. Absentee voters, after feeling frustrated and disenfranchised during the 2007 election, were able to be just as informed as locals. This election season, candidates also used the radio and media to communicate with voters rather than visits to the oversea communities.


Marshallese Invited to Micronesian Islander Open Forum in Oregon

Contributed by YokweOnline on Nov 18, 2011 - 12:48 AM
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The Micronesian Islander Community, a non-profit organization in Oregon, is sponsoring "an open forum to discuss issues affecting Micronesians in the State of Oregon.”

The forum will be held Saturday, November 19, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m., at the James Ramsey II Community Center.


Marshall Islands' WAM Program Wins International Travel Award

Contributed by YokweOnline on Oct 20, 2011 - 06:52 AM
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A grassroots non-profit program educating young Marshall Islanders, based on the traditions of the Marshallese canoe, won a spot on Travel & Leisure Magazine's annual Global Vision Awards list.

Chosen along with 16 other world-wide destinations, Waan Aelõñ in Majel (WAM) was recognized for its preservation of cultural values and unique program. The 2011 awards were announced October 19 in the November issue of Travel & Leisure.


Marshallese Financial Educator Chosen for National Award in U.S.

Contributed by YokweOnline on Oct 12, 2011 - 05:19 PM
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Providing financial education to Americans can be challenging. Providing it to a group of people from a country where credit is scarcely used, banking accounts are rare, and most have never made a rent or house payment takes a special person. That person is Sandy Joel, the National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC) 2011 Professional Achievement and Counseling Excellence (PACE) Educator of the Year.

The Republic of the Marshall Islands, Sandy's homelands in the South Pacific, has one of the world's worst economies, with an unemployment rate of close to 40 percent.


Marshallese Community Liaison Now Proud to Be An American

Contributed by YokweOnline on Oct 03, 2011 - 01:34 AM
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Melisa Laelan-Shoniber, a Marshallese living in Northwest Arkansas, dreamed of obtaining U.S. citizenship.

Her dream came true in September. The citizenship ceremony, with oath administered by Acting Field Office Director Christina Olguin, was held at Immigration and Citizenship Services, Dept. of Homeland Security, in Fort Smith, Arkansas.


Marshall Islands First Lady's US Trip Has Kid-Focus

Contributed by YokweOnline on Oct 02, 2011 - 11:25 PM
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First Lady Hannah Zedkaia found help for the children of the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI)  during her September visit to the United States.

In New York, she attended a conference presenting ways to educate children with autism, and in Northwest Arkansas, she promoted the Mother and Children Outreach Program which helps needy Marshallese infants in the small Pacific nation.


Marshallese Film, Lañinbwil's Gift, Wins Best of Fest

Contributed by YokweOnline on Oct 02, 2011 - 08:26 PM
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Lañinbwil's Gift, one of 130 submissions from 24 countries, won Best Film of the Festival at the Guam International Film Festival, announced co-director/producer Jack Niedenthal today. 

The full-length feature, from the Marshall Islands, sold out the 250 seat theater with many from Marshallese community in Guam attending.


Marshallese Ask to Participate in Springdale Library Survey

Contributed by YokweOnline on Sep 26, 2011 - 06:19 AM
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Marshallese library patrons in Springdale, Arkansas, are invited to complete short online survey to find out how well the library is serving them.

"The Springdale Public Library is honored to serve the Marshallese community,” said Reference Librarian Anne Gresham.

SURVEY: Questionnaire for Marshallese Springdale, AR Residents 


College of Marshall Islands: Jaluit Land Grant Trip "One of the Best"

Contributed by YokweOnline on Sep 19, 2011 - 06:37 AM
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Out of 249 water catchments tested on 14 atolls of Jaluit, at least 150 were contaminated with deadly pathogens, according to CMI Land Grant’s Water Quality Agent Jina David. Along with a team which included 4H Youth Extension Agent John Zedkaia, Aquaculture Agent Julius Lucky, Research Assistant Tabwi Aini, and R&D’s Chief Livestock Jabukja Aikine, David returned on September 9 from Jaluit where they hosted workshops, demonstrations, and tested the water quality of the water catchments.


Marshall Islands' Film Named Finalist at Guam International Festival

Contributed by YokweOnline on Sep 18, 2011 - 09:58 PM
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The Marshallese film, Lañinbwil’s Gift, which has enchanted audiences from Majuro to Vancouver, Washingon, is a finalist at the Guam International Festival. The film, one of four Grand Jury Award nominees for Best Feature Narrative, will screen Sunday, October 2, 2011 at 2:20pm, (Stadium TBD) at the Micronesia Mall Stadium Theatres.


Marshall Islands Basketball Federation and "Soul to Sole" Ministry Make Shoe Donations

Contributed by YokweOnline on Sep 08, 2011 - 01:00 AM
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The Marshall Islands Basketball Federation (MIBF) has launched a new round of sports shoe donations to encourage elementary and middle school aged girls to play basketball in Majuro, and to promote exercise. As school resumed in late August, shoe donations were delivered by MIBF board members and MIBF’s National Basketball Development Officer Mouj Lewi to Ejit Elementary School and Rairok Elementary School, with plans to make donations to Delap Elementary and Rita Elementary during September.


Decorated Marshallese Soldier Takes U.S. Citizenship Oath in Afghanistan

Contributed by YokweOnline on Jul 07, 2011 - 10:31 AM
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Spc. Tod Lanki, originally from the Marshall Islands, became a U.S. citizen on July 4, 2011, along with four fellow soldiers from the 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, Task Force Falcon.

During the naturalization ceremony in Afghanistan, at Camp Pheonix, U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl Eikenberry singled out Lanki for having earned a Bronze Star and Purple Heart during his assignments in that combat zone.


Marshall Islands: Hundreds Turn out for YTYIH 25th Celebration

Contributed by YokweOnline on Jun 29, 2011 - 04:55 AM
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Hundreds of people joined in daytime and evening events in Majuro, Saturday, June 25, to celebrate  Youth to Youth in Health’s (YTYIH) 25th anniversary. The day at the Robert Reimers Enterprises shoreline stage area was filled with energy and fun, many thoughtful speeches, recognition of many people for their support of the program over the years since the program was founded in 1986 as a part of the Ministry of Health’s Family Planning Program, and games for children.

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