The Islands Society will conduct hyper-regional research on social policy, political strategy, and health activities in the North Pacific.

Honolulu, HI, June 14, 2019 — The Islands Society is pleased to announce a revised mission for the organization.

The Islands Society will conduct hyper-regional research on social policy, political strategy, and health activities in Hawaii, the U.S. Pacific Territories, the Compact of Free Association (COFA) States, and the Republic of Kiribati.

In support of this mission, the Islands Society will redirect future programming toward education, health, homelessness, and public safety initiatives that support integrated community development in Hawaii, the U.S. Pacific Territories, the Compact of Free Association (COFA) States, and the Republic of Kiribati. The Islands Society will launch a series of expert working groups to explore the strategic options that their state politicians could adopt with respect to future renegotiations of the Compacts of Free Association and their associated agreements. Initially, these working groups will be established for the states of Arkansas, Hawaii, and Washington. And, the Islands Society will launch a new publication entitled The COFA SITREP. This publication will provide a global platform for subject matter experts to share their insights on developments involving the Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau.

Commenting on these changes, Michael Edward Walsh, Chief Executive Officer of the Islands Society, stated, “Back in 2011, we launched our nonprofit as the Pacific Islands Society. At that time, our vision was to provide the people of Hawaii and the U.S. Pacific Territories with the knowledge, skills, networks, and exposure to make their voices heard on the world stage. Later, we shifted from a regional to a global focus. As a consequence, we expanded our mission to meet the needs of insular communities around the world. While we have benefited from that global perspective, it took our focus away from our raison d'être. We realize that needs to change. So, we are going back to our roots. We will exclusively conduct research on social policy, political strategy, and health activities in American Samoa, Guam, Hawaii, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Northern Mariana Islands, and Palau.”

For media queries, please contact:

Michael Edward Walsh, Chief Executive Officer | Email: [email protected]

For more information about the Islands Society, please see:

Islands Society Website | URL: www.islandssociety.org

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