Today, Utah Attorney General Sean D. Reyes released the following statement on Utah Pacific Island Heritage Month:
“As a proud American Pacific Islander and Utahn, I am excited to join with thousands of my fellow Pacific Islanders in Utah to celebrate Utah Pacific Island Heritage Month. This August, we honor the rich cultural heritage of the Pacific Islands and we recognize the many contributions of the Pacific Island Community to our state and nation.
“From business, education, athletics, government, literature, law, medicine, history, law enforcement, and many other important areas, Pacific Islanders have greatly enriched our communities and cultivated the growth of the state of Utah. Additionally, the Pacific Island Community has continually added its own unique flavors of music, art and cuisine to Utah, and contributed greatly in so many successes of our State. I am extremely honored to represent the values of my Pacific Island heritage while I serve as your Attorney General.
“Join with me this month in honoring the great pioneers of the Pacific Islands, preserving and promoting the cultural heritage and traditions of the Islands, and taking part in the many events throughout Utah that will provide a platform for Pacific Islanders to celebrate and share our heritage.”
Check below for some ways you can join in celebrating Utah Pacific Island Heritage Month:
SALT LAKE CITY August 12, 2016 – Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes issued the following statement celebrating the first anniversary of the Salt Lake City Pacific Island Business Alliance and Utah Pacific Island Heritage month:
“As an American Pacific Islander and Utahn, I am extremely proud to celebrate with you the first anniversary of the Salt Lake City Pacific Island Business Alliance. Education and economic opportunity are the twin pillars to leveling the playing field for immigrants and everyone seeking to better their lives financially and guaranteeing the American Dream. The work of the Alliance is critical to these pillars, to provide resources to entrepreneurs and small businesses and to benefit all Utahns and America with better and more affordable products and services.
“As we honor the culture of the Pacific Island Community during Utah Pacific Island Heritage Month, I hope we recognize all of the contributions by Pacific Islands to Utah art, athletics, education, entertainment, government, literature, music, law, law enforcement, medicine, history and the economy, among other fields. I have always been proud to represent the values of my Pacific Island heritage and thank the Alliance for doing so as well.
“To the Kanaka Maoli or Native Hawaiian, the concept of ‘kokua’ is a type of support that goes far beyond the superficial. It is borne of an almost sacred obligation to care for others and see them succeed. It is this kind of attitude, exhibited by the Alliance, that gives it ‘pono’ or strength.”