Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Hawaii

Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Hawaii The Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Hawaii (RPCVHI) are dedicated to continuing the spirit of Peace Corps.
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We actively try to connect with RPCVs living in Hawai'i through our webpage, our ongoing activities and many opportunities to engage in projects that align with Peace Corps' Third Goal - to bring the world home. In light of Peace Corps' values, we support the Department of Land and Natural Resources efforts to clean the Kawainui Marsh on O'ahu's Windward side with monthly volunteer time; we support the statewide outreach of Hawai'i Public Radio by answering phones during the semi-annual pledge drives; and we join other organizations for beach clean-ups, fundraising walks, and food drives. We also connect and reconnect with RPCVs on O'ahu at monthly "Pau Hana" gatherings at local watering holes, host the Annual August BBQ / Picnic at Magic Island, and at the Holiday Fundraiser on the first Sunday of December at the Soul de Cuba Restaurant & Bar, owned by an RPCV.

Mission: The Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Hawaii (RPCVHI) are dedicated to continuing the spirit of Peace Corps. We volunteer our skills and knowledge, endeavoring to make a difference through community service. We share our rich cross-cultural experience to communicate positive imagery of people, cultures and countries. We gather to serve, have fun, and enjoy our shared experience. We provide support to currently serving PCVs from the State of Hawai'i.

Operating as usual

As of now, 4 out of 10 households have not been counted and risk losing out on federal dollars for public and social ser...
08/31/2020

As of now, 4 out of 10 households have not been counted and risk losing out on federal dollars for public and social services. Additionally, the census impacts representation in the House of Representatives. Join RPCVs and complete your census form at 2020census.gov. Then, send the census link to at least five people, encourage them to submit the form and then have those five contact another five people. MAHALO.

07/02/2020

Aloha all.
A student of the U of Redlands is doing research on how PC teachers interacted with people in their host countries and how that experience has influenced their pedagogy afterwards. Her name is Mercy Hernandez, Georgia 2018-9. She has given us permission to share her email to reply directly to Mercy. [email protected]
Stay healthy everyone.

REMINDER:  Virtual Pau Hana tonight.Tonight is our "virtual" Pau Hana at 5:30 p.m.We will have the opportunity to split ...
06/05/2020
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REMINDER: Virtual Pau Hana tonight.
Tonight is our "virtual" Pau Hana at 5:30 p.m.

We will have the opportunity to split from our larger group into smaller break-out groups for smaller "talkstory" sessions with a few of our ePCVs. RPCVs and ePCVs can introduce themselves and share stories of their service.

Bring your favorite beverage and a story from service! We hope to connect with many of you on Friday, June 5!

Friday, June 5 Zoom Meeting Information

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Meeting ID: 910 4924 7388

Password: NeverPau

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06/04/2020

From Dan Baker, Global Reentry Program Director, NPCA

Join us in silent reflection on June 5
These are troubling times for our country — and our community is grieving. I am writing this thinking in particular of our Black Returned Peace Corps Volunteers, especially those evacuated in March. On Monday night NPCA colleagues and I took part in a call hosted by the RPCVs of Washington, D.C.. We joined hundreds of other RPCVs to tackle the thorny topic of racial injustice — and what we can do about it.

With our colleagues who work in advocacy, we’re introducing a way to help you raise your voice against racial injustice — and for Peace Corps values — speaking out to members of Congress and to your local media. We’ll also be convening leaders of affiliate groups from around the country.

On Friday, June 5 at 2 p.m. EDT, we’re asking members of the Peace Corps Community to join us in 8 minutes and 46 seconds of silent reflection. That’s the amount of time that George Floyd was pinned to the ground by a Minneapolis police officer before he died. We do this in memory of all victims who have been targeted, stereotyped, and oppressed because of their race in our country. We can and must do better as a nation. #NotOneMore

Aloha to our recently evacuated PCVS.  We are happy to have you back home, but we wish the circumstances were different....
04/26/2020
EPCV Emergency Relief Fund (Sponsored by RPCVs of Hawai'i)

Aloha to our recently evacuated PCVS. We are happy to have you back home, but we wish the circumstances were different.

We understand your transition home was unexpected and may have caused additional hardship for you. RPCVHI has supported our currently serving PCVs from Hawaii and we wish to continue our support. RPCVHI has created an emergency relief fund for our EPCVs and we encourage you to apply.

Please fill out the form below to apply for the RPCV Hawai'i emergency relief fund.

All responses will be reviewed by our RPCVHI Board.

Emergency funds will most likely be awarded in the form of Visa gift cards, but we will review your financial statement of need closely.

Application Deadline: Tuesday, May 5th, 2020
Link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeYEYB7qc-zoyXcPsaolgQuQVhhY5AmHZo0ENqs-B87SUd1pw/viewform?usp=sf_link

Thank you for your service.

Aloha and welcome home Hawai'i EPCV's! We are happy to have you back home, but we wish the circumstances were different. We understand your transition home was unexpected and may have caused additional hardship for you. RPCVHI has supported our currently serving PCVs from Hawaii and we wish to conti...

Very sad news, friends. RPCV Art Whistler, who served in Samoa in the 60's, has died after contracting COVID-19.Accordin...
04/05/2020
Affiliated professor at UH Manoa dies from COVID-19

Very sad news, friends. RPCV Art Whistler, who served in Samoa in the 60's, has died after contracting COVID-19.

According to the UH Manoa College of Natural Sciences, Art Whistler was an affiliated professor of botany.

“Our deepest condolences to his family and friends. Whistler had a brilliant academic career and was held in highest regard by his colleagues and coworkers. He will be sorely missed,” wrote college officials.

https://www.khon2.com/coronavirus/affiliated-professor-at-uh-manoa-dies-from-covid-19/

HONOLULU (KHON2) — Three have died linked to COVID-19 in just one week in Hawaii. The latest was a botanist on Oahu. According to the UH Manoa College of Natural Sciences, Art Whistler was an…

Aloha RPCVs --- In case you need an inside project during this "stay/work from home" time, please read the request below...
03/27/2020
Sewing Fabric Surgical Masks

Aloha RPCVs --- In case you need an inside project during this "stay/work from home" time, please read the request below from Dr. Bobbie Yee in CTAHR’s (College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources -at UH) Department of Family and Consumer Sciences:

Volunteers are needed to sew CDC compliant, washable cotton fabric masks with pockets for N95 disposable inserts for our medical community, those who work with seniors at nursing homes, deliver meals to home bound seniors, etc.. Crafters and community members who sew, we need your help to sew washable masks to cover N95 masks for the medical community.

The link for the mask pattern is below:
https://www.unitypoint.org/cedarrapids/sewing-surgical-masks.aspx

Instead of the hair ties, sew fabric ties for adjustment of masks for varying head sizes.

Contact Kimberly who is coordinating the Oahu efforts,. All mask donations will be laundered prior to use on Oahu.

Kimberly Kaohi

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03/18/2020

Just received message from an RPCV: please read
Needed ASAP:
Jessica Mansperger [email protected] just evacuated from Fiji and needs a place to isolate for two weeks as she has some high-risk family members she doesn't want to harm.
Her family is in Ewa Beach, so she'd like to be near them if possible, but she's open to anywhere on the island.
She arrives tonight (Wednesday 3/18), so this would be until April 1 or so.
Mahalo

Peace Corps announces suspension of Volunteer activities, evacuations due to COVID-19
03/16/2020
Peace Corps announces suspension of Volunteer activities, evacuations due to COVID-19

Peace Corps announces suspension of Volunteer activities, evacuations due to COVID-19

Peace Corps announces suspension of Volunteer activities, evacuations due to COVID-19 You are here Home Agency News News Library March 15, 2020 WASHINGTON – The following is an open letter to Peace Corps Volunteers from Director Jody Olsen.Dear Volunteers,I know this is a very stressful time for y...

03/08/2020

The Kawainui Marsh Master Machine Movie (all of 47 seconds). Our ride to our work site this morning in the Kawainui Marsh. The Marsh Master Machine hauled kayaks and boats loaded with invasive water hyacinths to the berms. We unloaded all the invasive water hyacinths from the kayaks and the boats. Good muddy work this morning!

What a workout this morning at Kawainui Marsh removing invasive water hyacinths from the bird ponds.  Why lift weights w...
03/08/2020

What a workout this morning at Kawainui Marsh removing invasive water hyacinths from the bird ponds. Why lift weights when you can haul water hyacinths in a kayak? Why go to a mud spa when you can just slip and slurp away in marsh mud slinging water hyacinths up onto the berm! And the best was getting to ride the "MARSH MASTER". What a machine! The "45 second Marsh Master Movie" will be posted next. GREAT morning with the marsh volunteers! Aloha

March Pau Hana Friday March 6, 2020Islands Restaurant - Ala Moana Center4th floor terrace5:30-7:30 p.mCome talk story wi...
03/05/2020

March Pau Hana
Friday March 6, 2020
Islands Restaurant - Ala Moana Center
4th floor terrace
5:30-7:30 p.m
Come talk story with other RPCVs!

KAWAINUI MARSH VOLUNTEER DAY (NORTH POND)DATE:  SAT, MAR 7 2020, 9 a.m. to 12 NoonLocation: 743 Ulukahiki Street, Kailua...
03/02/2020
Kawainui Marsh Volunteer Day (North Pond)

KAWAINUI MARSH VOLUNTEER DAY (NORTH POND)
DATE: SAT, MAR 7 2020, 9 a.m. to 12 Noon
Location: 743 Ulukahiki Street, Kailua, HI 96734 (Behind Castle Medical Center. Follow signs to the Restoration Ponds/ North Ponds, Kailua.
https://goo.gl/maps/yf8cqoG5gVJRAFcB7

Sign up on Ivolunteer: https://dlnr.ivolunteer.com/kawainui_053

Come help the Division of Forestry and Wildlife create habitat for endangered waterbirds by removing water hyacinth and other invasive plants. We will be using kayaks and hand tools. Be prepared to get wet and muddy!

Bring: rubber boots, tabbies, or shoes that can get wet; reusable water bottle, long sleeve shirt, pants, hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, sunglasses.

Wonderful annual RPCVHI meeting.  Welcome to our newest members.  Congratulations to the newly elected RPCVHI Board memb...
02/24/2020

Wonderful annual RPCVHI meeting. Welcome to our newest members. Congratulations to the newly elected RPCVHI Board members. Mahalo to Greg Knudsen for the great photo. Aloha to all.

Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Hawaii's cover photo
02/24/2020

Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Hawaii's cover photo

Another Care Package from RPCVHI made it to NEPAL!  Dillon Quitugua, PCV from the Big Island, requested a care package w...
02/17/2020

Another Care Package from RPCVHI made it to NEPAL! Dillon Quitugua, PCV from the Big Island, requested a care package with sports equipment - plus goodies from home. ENJOY THE PHOTOS! The kids pumped up the volley ball and the soccer ball and voila- let's play ball!

Mahalo to RPCVHI members for continued participation in our Aloha Grant and Aloha Care package fundraisers! ALOHA

National Peace Corps Association
02/11/2020
National Peace Corps Association

National Peace Corps Association

President Trump proposed a $9.3 million cut in baseline funding for the #PeaceCorps for Fiscal Year 2021. His proposal—sent to Congress earlier today—would provide $401.2 million for the agency, down from the current $410.5 million #budget.

The request marks only the second time in the nearly 60-year history of the Peace Corps in which a president has proposed cutting agency funding for four consecutive years. In the previous three years, Congress responded by restoring the proposed cuts. However, the end result has been five consecutive years of flat funding for the agency. Learn more:

First Friday Pau Hana in FebruaryFriday, February 7, 2020Islands Restaurant, Ala Moana Center4th floor terrace areaLook ...
02/06/2020

First Friday Pau Hana in February
Friday, February 7, 2020
Islands Restaurant, Ala Moana Center
4th floor terrace area
Look for RPCVs on the restaurant Lanai area
5:30 - 7:30 P.M.

01/28/2020

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY. Plastic Free Hawaiʻi continues to need volunteers!
The Haleʻiwa Plastic Free Hawaiʻi (PFH) Pop-up Shop is open Wednesdays and Saturdays from 11am to 2pm.

This is a good place to learn all about Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation (KHF), our mission and new upcoming project in the heart of Haleʻiwa

At the Popup shop, we also sell our PFH merchandise, which proceeds go towards our many environmental education programs. A KHF staff member will be with a volunteer for the entirety of their shift. This is a fun and meaningful way to give your gift of time as a volunteer.

Pop-up Shifts Available on dates listed below between the times: 11:00am - 2:00pm

Wednesdays, Feb. 5 and 26
Saturdays, Feb. 8 and Feb 22
Wednesdays, March 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th
Saturday, March 21st and 28th

Please share this information with RPCVs and others interested in volunteering.
Thanks for making a difference and for being a part of the solution!

Lisa Jeffers-Fabro
Plastic Free Hawai'i Program Manager
[email protected]

Ua mau ke ea o ka `āina I na `ōpio.
The life of the land is perpetuated by the youth.

Windward Oahu Pau HanaFriday, January 24, 20205 - 7 p.m.Grace in Growlers143 Hekili Street, #110Kailua 96734Bring your o...
01/23/2020

Windward Oahu Pau Hana
Friday, January 24, 2020
5 - 7 p.m.

Grace in Growlers
143 Hekili Street, #110
Kailua 96734

Bring your own pupus.
We will sit on lanai in front. Pet Friendly.

Grace in Growlers is a tasting room, focusing on locally made craft beer, kombucha, mead and cold brew coffee.

RPCVs in Hawaii had a great morning celebrating MLK Day, a national holiday for performing volunteer service in our comm...
01/21/2020

RPCVs in Hawaii had a great morning celebrating MLK Day, a national holiday for performing volunteer service in our community. Four RPCVs had a wet and "trashy morning" cleaning up Kahuku beach behind the James Campbell National Wildlife Refuge center on the north shore. Aloha

Just a reminder about Beach Clean up on Monday, Jan. 20.Aloha RPCVs,Martin Luther King Day is the only federal holiday d...
01/18/2020

Just a reminder about Beach Clean up on Monday, Jan. 20.
Aloha RPCVs,
Martin Luther King Day is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service, to encourage all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities.

RPCVHI will participate in the Beach Clean- Up day, sponsored by the Kokua Foundation on Monday, January 20, 2020. There are two locations: Kahuku - James Campbell Wildlife Sanctuary, and Kalama Beach Park in Kailua.

For those who have never visited the James Campbell National Wildlife Refuge, this is an EXCELLENT opportunity to see the Wildlife Refuge as well as clean up one of the "dirtiest beaches" on Oahu.

For Kahuku Beach (James Campbell)

If you are driving from the Turtle Bay side, it is before Mile Marker 14 on your left. Look for Signs.f you are driving from Turtle Bay side, itʻs before Mile Marker 14 on the left. If you are driving from Kahuku side, itʻs after Mile Marker 14 on the right. LOOK FOR OUR SIGNS! PLEASE, NO DRONES ALLOWED.

For Kalama Beach in Kailua, here is a google map link.
https://goo.gl/maps/oRcj3jMQA1MHQ9128

REMEMBER: Wear a hat, bring your own reusable water bottle, wear gloves and bring a bucket if you have one as organizers have a limited supply of gloves and buckets.

Light refreshments and a water refill station will be provided.

In case you missed the interesting, fun, informative talk, "A Glimpse of India Beyond Bollywood," with Dr. Padmini Borua...
01/17/2020

In case you missed the interesting, fun, informative talk, "A Glimpse of India Beyond Bollywood," with Dr. Padmini Boruah at UH- last night, you can see it on YouTube!

Click on the link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PRLwSDnW-zk

Enjoy and Aloha

01/15/2020

Quick reminder: Lecture tonight
Wednesday, January 15, 2020
A GLIMPSE OF INDIA BEYOND BOLLYWOOD

Lecture by Fulbright Visiting Scholar, Padmini Bhuyan Boruah
Time: 6:30-8:00pm
Location: Queen Lil'uokalani Center for Student Services
Room 412, UH-Manoa Campus

To attend the lecture electronically via ZOOM, information is below.

Topic: RPCV Hawaii Lecture on India
Time: January 15, 2020 06:30 p.m. Hawaii

JOIN ZOOM
Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/611964077

(Click on the link above)

Meeting ID: 611 964 077

The lecture is free and open to the community.
Invite your friends.

Aloha RPCVs,Martin Luther King Day is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service, to encourage all...
01/15/2020

Aloha RPCVs,
Martin Luther King Day is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service, to encourage all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities.

In keeping with this them, and following Peace Corps' tradition of volunteer service, RPCVHI will participate in the Beach Clean- Up day, sponsored by the Kokua Foundation on Monday, January 20, 2020. There are two locations: Kahuku - James Campbell Wildlife Sanctuary, and Kalama Beach Park in Kailua.

For those who have never visited the James Campbell National Wildlife Refuge, this is an EXCELLENT opportunity to see the Wildlife Refuge as well as clean up one of the "dirtiest beaches" on Oahu.

For Kahuku Beach (James Campbell)

If you are driving from the Turtle Bay side, it is before Mile Marker 14 on your left. Look for Signs.f you are driving from Turtle Bay side, itʻs before Mile Marker 14 on the left. If you are driving from Kahuku side, itʻs after Mile Marker 14 on the right. LOOK FOR OUR SIGNS! PLEASE, NO DRONES ALLOWED.

For Kalama Beach, here is a google map link.
https://goo.gl/maps/oRcj3jMQA1MHQ9128

REMEMBER: Wear a hat, bring your own reusable water bottle, wear gloves and bring a bucket if have (we have a limited supply of gloves and buckets).

Light refreshments and a water refill station will be provided.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 10, 20201ST PAU HANA OF 2020Islands Restaurant, Ala Moana Center5:30 - 7:30 P.M.
01/09/2020

FRIDAY, JANUARY 10, 2020

1ST PAU HANA OF 2020
Islands Restaurant, Ala Moana Center

5:30 - 7:30 P.M.

RPCV Health Crusade is a newly formed volunteer group of RPCVs who came together to focus on the health and well-being o...
12/31/2019
RPCV Health Crusade - Health Survey 2019

RPCV Health Crusade is a newly formed volunteer group of RPCVs who came together to focus on the health and well-being of PCVs and RPCVs. In the spirit that drew us to service, we came together to see how we can make a difference within our own RPCV community. We believe that there are volunteers currently serving in the Peace Corps that could have better health experiences and also believe there is very little in place to support the health of RPCVs after service.

We created a health survey:

(https://surveys.rpcvhealthcrusade.org/682425) with the following goals in mind:

to give the PCV and RPCV community a voice in identifying our own health needs;
to provide visibility in health trends and patterns within the community;
to create a more complete picture of the overall health of the community;
to give RPCV Health Crusade guidance in focusing our efforts (education, advocacy, support, etc.) and developing programs that generate the greatest benefit;
to help establish a baseline of the current state of our community to track potential changes over time

Please help us distribute this health survey (https://surveys.rpcvhealthcrusade.org/682425), our goal is to reach as many PCVs and RPCVs as possible.

The survey responses will be kept anonymous (there is no personally-identifiable information) and will not be sold or shared with any other group or organization including NPCA or PC. The survey should only take about 10-20 minutes to complete and could contribute to a potential world of difference to the overall RPCV community.

Griffin Marie Francis Smith
RPCV Uganda 2011-2013

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Hi all, every Wednesday there is a volunteer opportunity at Kahumana Organic farm in Waianae from 3pm to 6pm. I was thinking we could get a group together to go and pull weeds, then go to the beach for a couple brews. let me know what you all think. Shoooots
Aloha RPCVs! We are going to host another showing of the Towering Task: A Peace Corps Documentary film. The link below is for a Google Poll to select a date and time to view the film. Feel free to choose as many options that will work with your schedule. https://forms.gle/zgFZ9GKRAxk76EtJA Deadline to choose your dates is TUESDAY, May 5 before 8 p.m. RPCVHI will pay for the license to screen the film; each virtual showing does cost money, however. If you would like to donate to help cover the cost of this screening as well as one more, please feel free to click on the link below. Suggested $5 donation. https://rpcvhi.wildapricot.org/page-1811596 Mahalo everyone! STAY HEALTHY!
Hi all, I am a RPCV that just recently got evacuated from my service in Thailand due to COVID-19 and I am in need of a bike. If anyone has a working bike laying around I'd be glad to take it off your hands! Let me know. Thank you
Hi, I'm a researcher and a spouse of an RPCV. First off, thank you all those who served, are serving, or will serve for the amazing work that you did (or are doing)! You really are the best image our country puts forward into the world. Through my husband, I got to know personally some volunteers and I was impressed with how resilient and kind people they were. This is what got me interested in studying how RPCVs adjust to their lives back home after service. My research consists of interviews (30-45 minutes) with as many returned PCVs as I can access (up to 40 persons—any time of service or country served). My university approved the study, so I'm ready to start. I can give more details and set up a phone interview with whomever is interested and can email me at [email protected] Thank you, Clara
Aloha all 💚 I am a current PCV in Benin and am a former Hawaii resident (UH alum, rainbow wahine). I am reaching out for assistance in my project that will help rural women, assist malnourished children, sequester carbon dioxide, and increase public health and wellness. The women in my village want to create a small enterprise transforming the plant moringa into a powder that can be sold and consumed by the community. If you can donate or spread the word, please do so. Mahalo&merci!
Hey RPCVHI! I'll be on Oahu for a few days while I defend my thesis at UH💪 does anyone have a spare (automatic) vehicle I can rent? I'd much rather pay a friend than a corporation. Dates are 3/4 - 3/7ish. See you all at the March Pau Hana!!!
Hey RPCVs of Hawai'i. My name is Cedar (RPCV Namibia/Philippines, former PC staff, PC Oral History). I have a job interview for US Fish and Wildlife on Wednesday for Honolulu. I'm reaching out to see if anyone would be willing to chat with me about life in Hawai'i. My cell is 970-765-8060. Thanks!
Museum event, last of the year!
Greetings RPCV Job Hunters, we're looking for candidates with NCE at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development who would be interested in a Program Analyst Position with the Office of Field Policy and Management working in Honolulu, HI--GS 9/11/12. If you're interested, reply to this post and I'll DM you with my work email address for resumes. (For your GS consideration, please make sure your resumes are up-to-date, most accurately reflect your work experience, and that your NCE eligibility dates are clearly defined.) The equivalent post (now closed) may be viewed on USAjobs here: