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Pacific Islanders Committee

The Mission: To make disciples of Jesus Christ, for the transformation of the World. Local churches and extension ministries of the Church provide the most significant arenas through which disciple-making occurs.

The Pacific Islanders Commission exists:

  • to promote the full participation of the Pacific Islanders in the California-Pacific Annual Conference of the United Methodist and to be opened to consultation with the resident Bishop concerning all matters affecting the Pacific Islanders ministry on the Mainland and the Pacific

  • to develop Christian leadership and self-determination of Pacific Islanders

  • to encourage and assist Pacific Islanders ministerial candidates to attend accredited theological institutions or designated other alternatives whereby Pacific Islanders can better prepare themselves for ministry.

  • to provide opportunities for all Pacific Islanders with trans-cultural education, experience and direction to foster better understanding and smoother transition into social economic environments in the United States.

  • to be means and an advocate for other needs of Pacific Islanders.


23sep9:00 AM2:30 PMWest District UWF: Opening Our Hearts to Welcome Others (United Women in Faith)9:00 AM - 2:30 PM PDT

23sep9:30 AM1:30 PMNorth District UWF: And Justice for All... 2023 (United Women in Faith)9:30 AM - 1:30 PM PDT

07oct11:30 AMLaity Fall Retreat 2023 - CA (Laity Council)11:30 AM PDT


Rev. Dr. Saia Tu’itahi
Co-Chair, Pacific Islanders Committee – California (Santa Ana UMC)

Pastor Joseph Siofele
Co-Chair, Pacific Islanders Committee – Hawaiʻi (Aiea UMC)

Pastor Taike Lolohea
Tongan Working Committees – California (Colton UMC)

Pastor Vaitu’uloa Fonua
Tongan Working Committees – Hawaiʻi (Waimanalo First Tongan-Vaikauaki UMC)

Pastor Eketone Tosi
Samoan Working Committees – California (Garden Grove UMC)

Pastor Setu Setu
Samoan Working Committees – Hawaiʻi (Pacific Islanders UMC)