Six years after President Obama launched the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, the commission created to support the initiative is making its first official visit to Hawaii.

First up this week for the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders was the 14th annual Native Hawaiian Convention, which began Tuesday in Honolulu. On Wednesday, the commission will visit a number of local organizations, including the Kokua Kalihi Valley Community Health Center. AAPI Initiative Executive Director Kiran Ahuja also visited a charter school on Hawaii Island on Monday.

“Our goal is really to listen to the unique stories from local AAPI communities in Hawaii, especially Native Hawaiians and Micronesian migrants, and to highlight issues that are often not seen in the national spotlight,” Ahuja said in a press release Tuesday.

Former Kamehameha Schools CEO Dee Jay Mailer is one of the 19 current commissioners. The commission will hold a public listening session in Honolulu on Thursday. The deadline to register for the session was last week.

President Obama Created the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in 2009.

President Obama created the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in 2009.

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