Hālau Ola One-Stop Center is linking Micronesian communities with public services

A new group, We Are Oceania, aims to support Micronesians in Hawaii achieve self-sufficiency. Program Director Josie Howard says, “An estimated 15,000 to 17,000 Micronesian people live in Hawaii. Cultural differences in medical care, employment, education, laws, and unfamiliarity with navigating new systems and services lead to numerous challenges.”

It’s opening a new center, Hālau Ola One-Stop Center, meant to help the transition by serving as a central hub linking Micronesian communities, families and individuals with public services and other resources related to health, education, housing, and more. The center will connect Micronesians with federal, state, and county representatives and agencies to further advocacy and self-empowerment.

The grand opening is Friday, August 28 at St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church at 720 N King St. from 10 a.m. to noon. More at WeAreOceania.org or call (808) 754-7303.

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