Hafa Adai! PIBBA International proudly announces that the 37th Annual International PIBBA Conference will be held June 25-29, 2018 in the beautiful island of Saipan, CNMI. We hope to see you there!

Sponsored by: Pacific Islands Bilingual Bicultural Association (PIBBA) International and CNMI Chapter

The PIBBA Conference is an annual event in which Western Pacific educators are provided with opportunities for professional growth and cultural enrichment. This year's conference offers a wonderful selection of traditional, innovative, and practical workshops, presented by creative and imaginative educators and cultural leaders from the Pacific islands.

Please visit the PIBBA website later for more updates.


Snapshots of last year's 36th Annual International PIBBA Conference in Pohnpei

PIBBA 2013 Conference Video

Click on the video below to view the 32nd Annual International PIBBA Conference hosted in Guam on PhotoPeach

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Guam Nikkei Association to Unveil Memorial In Tribute to Guam’s 1900 Issei Patriarchs

HAGÅTÑA, GUAM (November 22, 2015) – The Guam Nikkei Association (GNA) is proud to announce the Unveiling Ceremony for the Issei Monument erected to pay tribute to the men who started Guam’s first community of Japanese-Chamorro families in the early 1900’s. Many came as copra plantation workers, merchants, farmers, fishermen, and laborers.  They came from various prefectures near Tokyo in such areas as Kanagawa, Ibaraki, Tochigi, and Gunma.  They married Chamorro women, learned the Chamorro language and adopted the Catholic religion as required in order to fully establish domicile.  While some returned to Japan, the ones listed on the monument stayed and their legacy continues with generations of families today.  All of them have died and the GNA cherish their contributions to Guam’s rich history that we know today. 
The Unveiling Ceremony will be held on Saturday, November 28, 2015 at 10:00 a.m., South Pacific Memorial Peace Park, Yigo, Guam

Through fundraising efforts and with support from the Consul General of Japan, Sumitomo Construction, Landscape Management Service (LMS), Architects Laguaña and the South Pacific Memorial Peace Park, the 5’ granite monument stands on a concrete base and lists the 51 names that the GNA believes are Guam’s Issei. Issei is the Japanese language term used in America to specify the Japanese people who were first to immigrate.
The GNA would like to invite descendants of these Guam Issei to the unveiling.
For more information please contact Monica Okada Guzman at 727-1879.
The Guam Nikkei Association was chartered in 2012 with the primary purpose of perpetuating the history and lineages of those born from Japanese ancestry who are presently bona fide residents of Guam, educating the community about the impact and contribution of first generation Japanese and their descendants on the social economic fabric of Guam and to inculcating Japanese culture, art, traditions and history to succeeding generations of Japanese-Chamorro-Guamanians.   

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