These past three years have been particularly difficult to lead the Fanapi Foundation. In 2014 I was accepted into the Doctor of Education (Ed.D) for Professional Educational Practice at the University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa. In 2016 I transitioned from serving as director of the Pacific Islander Student Center at UH Hilo to coordinate two federally funded STEM-focused grants at the University of Hawaii at Hilo. This is the final year of studies which is dedicated to writing the dissertation. This is proving to be the most time consuming component of this doctoral journey.
My #1 priority is to complete my dissertation and graduate with a doctorate. So, today, March 28, 2017 I have requested our fiscal sponsor, United Charitable, and will advise the Advisory Board to suspend all activities of the Fanapi Foundation indefinitely until I am ready to re-engage in the work. I believe this is the right decision to support my personal growth to build my capacity to effectively lead the Fanapi Foundation and all my other Pacific-focused social enterprises.
Thank you for your continued support and understanding. Stay tuned.
Founder & Program Manager