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Pacific Worlds has been made possible through the kindness, contributions, donations, and efforts of several organizations and individuals. Please see the "Credits" page of each individual website for details. To date, our main sponsors include:

The project has further been endorsed by the following organizations:


The Smithsonian Institution is the world's largest museum, education, and research complex. Funding was made available for the Pacific Worlds He‘eia project through a scholarly studies grant awarded for the project "He‘eia, O‘ahu: Researching and Presenting a Biocultural Landscape."

The U.S. Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Region, provided funding for the revision and update of the Hā‘ena website to increase the focus on conservation of land, sea, and traditional culture. Funding was managed through the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian.



Pacific Resources for Education and Learning (PREL) is a nonprofit corporation that serves the U.S. in the Pacific region. PREL helps Pacific schools improve educational outcomes for children, youth, and adults by providing research, development opportunities, training, technical assistance, group facilitation, information resource activities, dissemination, and evaluation services. PREL is a major benefactor of the Pacific Worlds Project.


The Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities is an incorporated, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, educational organization established in 1972. It promots and supports activities that further awareness of the worth and value of the humanities among the general public in Hawai`i. HCH is a recipient of funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), a federal agency, to conduct humanities projects and support humanities projects proposed by other non-profit groups for the benefit of Island communities, particularly under served communities. HCH is one of 56 humanities committees or councils based in each state, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories. HCH provided the seed money that started the Pacific Worlds Project.



Hawai‘i Geogaphic Alliance is a grass-roots organization of educators and citizens concerned with excellence in geographic education. HGA is one of 50 such alliances in a national network. They enable teachers in every U.S. state, Canada, and Puerto Rico to benefit from shared ideas and experiences. HGA's mission is to promote geographic instruction, actively foster standards-based geographic learning in the K through 12 classrooms, and help students prepare to be productive and responsible citizens in a global economy.



The University of Hawai‘i Center for Pacific Islands Studies brings together people and resources to promote understanding of the Pacific Islands and issues of concern to Pacific Islanders through teaching, research, dissemination of information, and community involvement. It is the focus for these concerns at the University of Hawai'i, in the State of Hawai'i, and in the United States. It seeks to develop cooperative relationships with institutions in the region and around the world that share its concerns.


The Atherton Family Foundation is one of the largest endowed grantmaking private resources in the State of Hawai‘i devoted exclusively to the support of charitable activities. It perpetuates the philanthropic commitment expressed during the lifetime of Juliette M. Atherton and Frank C. Atherton, and of the family who have followed them.



Towson University Towson University is the second largest university in Maryland and a member of the University System of Maryland. Towson enrolls more than 16,000 students,
including international students from nearly 100 countries. Towson's 328-acre campus is located in the suburban community of Towson, Maryland, eight miles north of downtown Baltimore. Established in 1866, Towson is nationally recognized for its excellent
programs in the arts, sciences, business, communications, humanities, health professions, education and computer information systems.


Pili Productions

Pili Productions Inc. is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established solely for scientific, literary and educational purposes, including to document the traditions of the Native Hawaiian culture and of other local cultures in the Hawaiian Islands; to support creative and artistic talent on the island of Hawaii; and to produce, perform for the public, publish and distribute to the general public documentary or artistic productions in various media.



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