TFB members were fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to sit with Gardenia Aisek, Legislator in the Chuuk State House of Senate representing the Southern Namoneas region. We talk extensively about the Chuuk State Online Gambling Bill - HB 14-39, the independence movement, and other developments from Chuuk State.Read More
This past December, former President John Haglelgam wrote a thought-provoking Letter to the Editor in The Kaselehlie Press about the Chuuk Independence Movement. TFB Micronesia was fortunate enough to ask him some questions about the Chuuk Independence Movement (with some from the public) and more about his opinions about it.Read More
TFB Micronesia had the opportunity to ask former FSM President, John Haglelgam, some questions. He answered questions about his experiences working for a nascent Micronesian government, his thoughts on Dual Citizenship, and the future of the FSM. (Editors note: We had intended for this to come out before the elections/vote and apologize for not getting this published sooner.)Read More
TFB had the opportunity for a quick interview with Palauan entrepreneur, politician, and Presidential nominee Surangel Whipps Jr. Whipps talks about his campaign, Palau's tourism industry, the drought in Palau, and more.Read More
We had the honor of interviewing the honorable Tony de Brum of the Marshall Islands. Mr. de Brum has been an instrumental figure in the politics of the Marshall Islands. He has also championed global climate talks and nuclear disarmament.Read More
We were fortunate and grateful to have had the opportunity to connect with the FSM's Consul General, Mr. Kandhi Elieisar. We discussed several topics currently affecting FSM citizens living in Hawaii; topics relating to homelessness, health-care, migration, Chuuk's independence and others.Read More
Jack Niedenthal is originally from Pennsylvania, USA. He graduated from the University of Arizona with a B.S. degree in Business Economics in 1980. Mr. Niedenthal first arrived in the Marshall Islands as a Peace Corps.......Read More
MM: The business is owned and operated by us, Ceasar and Hiromi Hadley—originally from the island of Pohnpei. We both graduated from Pohnpei Seventh-Day Adventist High School 1986. Hiromi went to the University of Walla Walla and me to Easter Arizona College. I later transferred to Walla Walla as well, 1987. She studied business and I engineering. We were married in Walla Walla, Washington, in 1990. The fiscal challenge to support
Provided is a short profile of Ms. Maipi:
I was born in Chuuk, and attended HeadStart in Lukunor, and St. Cecilia and SDA on Weno. I’ve had the opportunity to live and go to school in Saipan, Oregon and Washington. As kids, my siblings and I played lots of games together and with our cousins wherever we lived. Organized sports as well as playing games were a big part of my life growing up as
Mr. Watson is an aspiring artist & entrepreneur. He is currently studying Art at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Oahu. He was born in the U.S.A. but was raised in Palau. He is a graduate of Xavier High School in 2001. He attributes much of his art to an innate propensity that was cultivated with his exposure to the diverse cultures of Micronesia.
We take a look at the subject of art in Micronesia. Is it a skill set that has been ignored in the islands of Micronesia? In the case of Mr. Watson, can we use art as another avenue to introduce foreign peoples to the cultures of Micronesia?
Mr. Watson beleives that art is still there, and we need to use culture to "comment on modern life". Our customs have a great wealth of knowledge that we, "should not dismiss but pursue... and learn from it."
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By: Universe Yamase
Edited by: Otis Aisek
Photos provided by: EEM
The following interview was conducted by Universe Yamase with Cindy Ehmes of the Office of Environment and Emergency Management in FSM. The office is responsible for assessing environmental concerns within the region and to, "prevent, prepare for and recover from natural and human induced disasters".
The discussion is on the many portents of climate change within the region, namely sea-level rise. The outerislands of FSM have seen the face of this impending disaster and we try to see what our government has been doing to address this problem.
Ms. Gardenia Aisek from Tonoas, Chuuk
graduated from Sino Memorial Elementary School
continued and graduated from Chuuk High School
1983 - Acquired a Master's Degree in Business Administration
from San Diego National University.
1985 - 1990 - Taught at COM
1990 - 1998 - Worked at Northern Marianas as the Director of Business & Hospitality
1998 - 2007 - Returned to Chuuk and worked for her family Business (Blue Lagoon Resort) as the Accountant & Manager
2008 - Ran her own business
2009 - Taught at COM
2010 - Present - Executive Director for Dept. of Education
By: Lucille Sain
Edited by: Mae-Stephanie Aisek