National Pacific American Leadership Institute graduates its 16th class

On Friday night, July 20, 2012, families and friends gathered at the Hale Koa Hotel in Waikiki for a commencement exercise of fourteen Fellows, representing various Pacific Islands and Native Americans and Hawaiian communities, for graduation ceremonies of NAPALI’s Emerging Leadership Program, marking its 16th class since the program started in 1998, under the auspices of the Pacific American Foundation (PAF).

Representing the Samoan community was Ms. Fa’au Aydon, an Administrative Assistant to the Dean of Teacher’s 4-year Education Program, American Samoa Community College’s (ASCC); and, Mr. Iakopo “Jacob” Fitisemanu from the State of Utah, a doctoral candidate for Medical School in Heath Administration & Medicine―both proudly represented their heritage, community and culture at the night’s elaborate ceremonies.

Since 1998, selected Fellows from various Pacific Islands, Hawaii and other US cities converged in Honolulu for a 7-day intensive course of workshops, seminars and series of cultural lectures and demonstrations, which provided Fellows with the foundation to their continued leadership development. Since its inaugural class at the Drucker Institute at Claremont Graduate University, over 166 Fellows have graduated, including 88 Native Hawaiians, 34 American Samoans, 19 Chamorros, 12 Tongans, 1 Yap Islander, 1 Tahitian, 3 Maori, 1 Rotumans, 2 Native Alaskan and 5 non-Pacific Americans. Their diverse experiences included a nuclear engineer, lawyers, educators, legislators, computer engineers, writers, nonprofit workers, health career workers, ex-military, and business people with educational backgrounds ranging from PhD candidates and MBAs to non-college graduates.

NAPALI is a unique and the only leadership program in the nation that integrates the leadership values of Pacific American cultures with that of universal leadership cores. NAPALI recognizes education is the key to leadership and endeavors to instill the importance of that ethic through its future leaders. Thus, Professors are matched up with learned cultural Elders from Pacific American communities to provide cultural expertise and uniquely integrate Pacific American values with Eurocentric values of Western leadership and management style.   

The success of the program thus, far stems from extensive network of partnerships NAPALI had established with internationally and nationally acclaimed Peter F. Drucker Graduate School of Management at Claremont at California, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Long Beach State University, and Kapiolani Community College which provided facilities as well as outstanding professors to help conduct such Leadership  program. However, the program owes great debt to Senior Lecturers from the communities for sharing their experiences, expertise and cultural values, as part of the foundational values and core of its curriculum―leaders such as, Emil Wolfgramm from the Tongan Community; Fred Cachola from the Hawaiian community; and, High Talking Chief Moefa’auo Malagatutogia’i “Bill” Emmsley of the Samoan community, who is also the co-founder of the Leadership program. Without their invaluable support, this program would have been simply “ordinary”, without exception.         

Those who might be interested and wanting more information, you may contact via email HTC Moefa’auo “Bill” Emmsley, at 731-4724 or visit NAPALI Website, www.thepaf.org/napali
Congratulations to the NAPALI class of 2012 and particularly, to Fa’au Aydon and Iakopo Fitisemanu!

Source: NAPALI media release




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