Pakasaritaan is an Ilokano word that holds within its meaning the telling of stories, myths, legends, histories and traditions. We have borrowed this term from Manong Julius Bajet Soria’s dissertation PAKA(SARITA)AN: ON ILOKANO LANGUAGE, IDENTITY, AND HERITAGE EDUCATION. LAING launched Pakasaritaan in 2021 as a way of meeting our goals to reach outside our Filipino communities and into our surrounding pacific communities. Here we feature workshops, series, cohorts and classes from various community members with special skills or stories to share (i.e weaving, net making, folk dance/song, cooking, language, navigation, beekeeping, stories from past labor movements in Hawai‘i, etc.); prioritizing sharing & documentation of unique stories, information and skills. If you have pakasaritaan you wish to share we ask you to submit a proposal to LAING for consideration. Our current projects for this program are below:


February 27, 2022

1:30 PM – 3:0 PM

Registration Coming Soon!

“What is the purpose of poetry?” Join us for this virtual Filipino Community Poetry Writing Workshop. We will use poetry as a form of community-building and self-reflection.


Czaerra Galicinao Ucol, Director of Luya
Christian(she/they), Creative Director of Luya
Janelle Salanga (they/them), Visayan and Chinese writer
Chachie Abara (she,her,siya), Founder of Kasamahan Co

Chachie Abara (she,her,siya) is a 1.5 Ilokana immigrant from the Philippines. She is a recent graduate at the University of Hawai’I at Manoa in Psychology and Ilokano studies. Founder of Kasamahan Co, a multimedia company that centers around voices for Filipinos in Hawai’i. She hopes to build a network of Filipino youth and young adults to share their stories and to have this company uplifts so many creative and talented voices out there!

Community Soul Searching: A Workshop in Writing, Performance, and the Creative Process

March 5, 12 and 19, 2022

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

United Visayan Community Hall
94-833 Awanei Street
Waipahu, HI 96797

The main goal of this workshop series is to encourage folks to write and feel confident in crafting, documenting, and potentially dramatizing stories of identity, culture, etc. that are important to participants.

It is recommended to attend all 3 workshops. Space is limited so please sign up only if you can commit to all dates and times. Please note, this workshop will be in-person.

Sean-Joseph Choo

Who I Be?

March 19, 2022

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

This virtual workshop is for anyone interested in learning something new through hip hop. It will involve the following activities: sharing your social biography, free-writing, journal entry, as well as classroom & small-group discussions. Space is limited.

Jesand Amodo (aka Jehzan Exclusive)

Past Programs

Voyaging Through Words Podcast

Languages of the Ancestors

September 4, 2021 – September 11, 2021

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM


LAING Hawai`i is partnering with
Adam Keawe Manalo-Camp
to bring together an online panel to look at etymologies and cognates in various Austronesian languages including: Ibaloi, Ilokano, Marshalles, Tagalog, Olelo Hawai`i, Bisaya, Chavacano, Tausug, Bahasa Malaysia, Motu- Central Papua-New Guinea, Ayta Sambal Botolan & Samoan. This three part podcast series will highlight the similarities of basic Austronesian languages and how that relates to our worldview. It aims to encourage people to learn their ancestral languages and promote other Austronesian languages.

Adam Keawe Manalo-Camp

Brgy Captain Chris Belino (Ibaloi and Ilocano)
Prof. Desmond Narain Doulatram (Marshallese)
Dr. Ronnie Pangan (Tagalog)
Cecilio Alforque (Bisaya and Chavacano)
Floriza Alforque (Tausug)
Nur Hussein (Bahasa Malaysia)
Ian Apau (Motu-Central Papua-New Guinea)
Dr. Samuel Maniago Balintay Jr. (Ayta Sambal Botolan)
Ma’osi Travis Tuitele (Samoan)

Adam Keawe Manalo-Camp is Native Hawaiian and Filipino indigenous researcher, cultural historian, writer, and blogger. Their currently working on “The Melting Pot Myth Project” which aims to understand how racism works in Hawai’i. Adam can be found on IG and Twitter as @adamkeawe.

Falegagana Samoa

September 12, 2021November 21, 2021

6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

LAING Hawai`i is partnering with Samoan language and culture enthusiast
Maosi Iosefa Tuitele Opetaia-Maosi
to bring Samoan language and culture classes to the community. This program focuses on building a strong basic language foundation including but not limited to Introductions/Pronunciation, Greetings, Numbers, Questions, Pronouns, and more! Each session we will study a song Savalivali and Story of Sina to be presented by the class for the end of program presentation day.

Maosi Iosefa Tuitele Opetaia-Maosi is a former language teacher at Le Fetuao Language Center & Leleiga o Aiga non profit.

LAING Hawai‘i strives to create a brave safer space where everyone can feel empowered. To that end we have a set of tenets that help us to remain accountable to each other. Please review these tenets here and understand that your participation in any LAING Hawai‘i programming is under the assumption that you will hold yourself to these tenets. That being said any harassment in-person or online will not be tolerated. You may be expelled for harassment or other issues and will not be entitled to any refund of costs or compensation of any kind.