2013 – Hawai’i Summit

The National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) is organizing a weekend long training and issue briefing for leaders of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander (AAPI) organizations. Local leaders from around the country will convene to network, learn about current issues, share strategies, and build the infrastructure of their organizations. Two members from each NQAPIA member organization will be invited to participate in the Summit to build a diverse body of participants (gender, gender expression, ethnicity, age, region, etc.). NQAPIA will cover lodging, meals, and ground transport, local organizations will cover their own flights. NQAPIA will also host special convenings for Pacific Islander LGBT leaders and LGBT students from the University of Hawaiʻi system.


• Leadership Training: Skills-building sessions to develop leadership in a variety of areas
• Issue Briefing: Focus on issues of concern at local and national levels
• Program Planning: Discussion of NQAPIA projects and organizational structure
• Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Solidarity: Building awareness of LGBT Native
Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities and issues of concern, including: sovereignty,
HIV/ AIDS, disparities, inclusion and outreach
• Saturday Night Community Catalyst Fundraiser: Support NQAPIA and Hawaiʻi
organizations as we honor local and national leaders for their track record in Asian
American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander LGBT communities
• NQAPIA Program Update and Business: Discussion of NQAPIA initiatives and coordination between local groups and national organization


Thursday – July 25
• Pacific Islander Convening
• UH LGBT Student Convening
• Evening Reception- Open for Summit participants, small fee for other guests

Friday – July 26
• Welcome and Introduction
• Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander
• Solidarity Building
• Welcoming Reception

Saturday – July 27
• Training and Issue Briefing
• NQAPIA Community Catalyst Award

Sunday – July 28
• NQAPIA National Program and Activities

Monday – July 29
• Voluntary pay-on-your-own social outings