Churchill High School is the first in the Eugene 4J school district to create an Pacific Islanders Student Union which started in the 2016-2017 school year. The group has a strong and dedicated membership of about 15 students who represent their cultures and heritage from Hawaii, Samoa, Tonga, Micronesia and Guam. All are welcomed to join the group whether from the Pacific Islands or not.

In the same year, Sheldon High School also started the Pacific Islander Community Student Group and is made up of 12 students who represent their Pacific Islander cultures and heritage from Samoa, Tonga, Hawaii, Fiji and a few students from non-Pacific Islander ancestry but are welcome nonetheless. The Student group is looking to welcome 4-6 incoming 9th graders that identify as Pacific Islander in the coming school year.

With help from the local Pacific Islander community members, the Pacific Islander students at both Churchill and Sheldon High Schools have united to learn the culture and arts of both the Hawaiian and Samoan cultures. They are excited to share what they have learned by performing these traditional music and dances at the 2017 Sheldon High School lūʻau!

Students preparing for their performances: