Having been born and raised in St. George Utah, I am honored to be able to serve my community and the Polynesian people of Southern Utah. I am the daughter of Keith and Pat Ava. My father, from Laie, HI, attended Dixie College in 1973 and has resided
Growing up on the Navajo Nation in Window Rock, AZ., my family home was bursting at the seams. I am the 3rd oldest of 11 kids and I made the move to Southern Utah in 1992. I attended Woodward, Pine View middle school and I graduated from Snow Canyon
Terina Tulima Taulogo was born and raised in Laie, Hawaii where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Brigham Young University-Hawaii. She was offered an opportunity to teach second grade at the Pacific Heritage Academ
The Southern Utah Pacific Islander Coalition (SUPIC) seeks to fulfill its mission to create and maintain programs that meet the needs of the Pacific Islander community and their families, and to include all residents of Southern Utah. In addition, it
My name is Keli Langi, a Tongan-American born in Hawaii and raised in Salt Lake City. My parents are from the small Tongan island of Vava’u and the village Ha’akame. They always stressed the importance of receiving an education, and as a
Susi Lafaele spent her childhood and formative years on the Navajo Reservation of northern Arizona before moving with her family to St. George during in her teenage years. She often says she has an “identity crisis” and believes she’s part Navajo, pa
Aloha! My name is Karyn Keana’āina. I am from the Big Island of Hawai’i and have lived in Southern Utah for eight years. I am Hawaiian-Filipino-Caucasian or as they say in the Hawaii, “hapa.” I have a Bachelors Degree i
Emilee Fa’alia Schwalger has lived in St. George for nearly 20 years. A graduate of Pine View High School, Emilee excelled in sports and academics. Employed at SkyWest Airlines, Emilee works in the maintenance department–making sure your
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It's the wish of a dying woman--to spend her last days surrounded by her family and one last dream vacation. In September 2014, Julie Falo learned that she had Renal Failure and Stage 4 Cancer. Her doctors gave her the dire news; she only had a couple of weeks left to l
Governor Herbert has declared November 9-15 Pacific Islander Health Week in an effort led by the Utah Pacific Islander Health Coalition to raise awareness and work toward solutions to address the seri.
The Southern Utah Pacific Islander Coalition mission is to advocate for, and empower all Pacific Islanders through programs and referrals that promote health, youth development, education and artistic, ethnic and cultural preservation.