What is Pakasaritaan?

Pakasaritaan is an Ilokano word that holds within its meaning the telling of stories, myths, legends, histories and traditions. We have borrowed this term from Manong Julius Bajet Soria’s dissertation PAKA(SARITA)AN: ON ILOKANO LANGUAGE, IDENTITY, AND HERITAGE EDUCATION. LAING launched Pakasaritaan in 2021 as a way of meeting our goals to reach outside our Filipino communities and into our surrounding pacific communities. Here we feature workshops, series, cohorts and classes from various community members with special skills or stories to share (i.e weaving, net making, folk dance/song, cooking, language, navigation, beekeeping, stories from past labor movements in Hawai‘i, etc.); prioritizing sharing & documentation of unique stories, information and skills. If you have pakasaritaan you wish to share we ask you to submit a proposal to LAING for consideration. Our current projects for this program are below:
FEBRUARY 27, 2022
Sunday, 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM


“What is the purpose of poetry?” Join us for this virtual Filipino Community Poetry Writing Workshop. We will use poetry as a form of community-building and self-reflection. This workshop is open to writers of all experience levels.


Czaerra Galicinao Ucol, Director of Luya
Christian(she/they), Creative Director of Luya
Janelle Salanga (they/them), Visayan and Chinese writer
Chachie Abara (she,her,siya), Founder of Kasamahan Co


Czaerra Galicinao Ucol [right] is a queer Filipino writer from Chicago.  They hold a B.A. in Asian/Pacific/American Studies from New  York University and are the Program and Communications  Director of Luya, a grassroots poetry organization centering  people of color in Chicago. They are a 2021 Best New Poets  nominee. In their free time, they like listening to Lake  Michigan’s waves crashing, basking in gardens, and trying out  new recipes.

Christian (she/they) [left] is a queer, multiracial Filipinx poet, teaching artist, and community organizer currently based in Chicago. She is the founder and Creative Director of Luya, a poetry organization that centers the voices of people of color. She currently serves as the Youth Organizer at Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Chicago, and she believes deeply in using poetry to build community and to educate ourselves about history. Her poetry has been published at Injustice Watch, the Chicago Reader, and Marias at Sampaguitas. Her performances have been featured at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Stony Island Arts  Bank, Young Chicago Authors, on NPR’s Worldview, and more. When she’s not poeming-around you can find her cooking in her  PJs, slaying dragons in Skyrim, or subtweeting the patriarchy.

MARCH 5, 12, 19, 2022
Saturdays, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
United Visayan Community Hall
94-833 Awanei Street Waipahu, HI 96797


The main goal of this workshop series is to encourage folks to write and feel confident in crafting, documenting, and potentially dramatizing stories of identity, culture, etc. that are important to participants.

It is recommended to attend all 3 workshops. Space is limited so please sign up only if you can commit to all dates and times. Please note, this workshop will be in-person and open to writers of all experience levels.


Sean-Joseph Choo


Sean-Joseph Choo is an actor, composer, and writer employed at Honolulu Theatre for Youth.
Sean’s plays have been selected for readings at Playbuilders of Hawai’i and Kumu Kahua Theatre. He is one of three playwrights participating in the 2021 Creative Lab Hawai’i Playwrights Immersive Program. Sean is a member of the Dramatists Guild, the Playwright Development Committee at Kumu Kahua Theatre, and the Consortium of Asian American Theaters & Artists.

MARCH 20, 2022
Sunday, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM


This virtual workshop is for anyone interested in learning something new through hip hop. It will involve the following activities: sharing your social biography, free-writing, journal entry, as well as classroom & small-group discussions. Space is limited.


Jesand Amodo (aka Jehzan Exclusive)


Born & raised on Oahu, HI Jesand Amodo (aka Jehzan Exclusive) is a rising pinay hip hop artist, educator, and entrepreneur. As a “90s kid” in the Filipino diaspora, Jesand grew up with a love for music and storytelling. During her senior year of high school, she participated in a youth conference at UC Berkeley, where she learned how to think critically about issues in her community, take action, and express herself through spoken word. Since then, Jesand has served in the Hawai’i Army National Guard, earned her B.S.B.A in Marketing from Hawai’i Pacific University, and continues to expand her goals and dreams through hip hop, education, and entrepreneurship. As an artist, Jesand has performed in Hawai’i, California, and the Philippines; she is highly active on social media. In addition to music and entrepreneurship, she has been teaching on Oahu for 5 years. Jesand and her partner, Gie, co-founded their independent music label, SkyLex Records in 2012. Jesand currently works as a computer/technology teacher at Kauluwela Elementary School.

LAING Hawai‘i strives to create a brave safer space where everyone can feel empowered. To that end we have a set of tenets that help us to remain accountable to each other. Please review these tenets here and understand that your participation in any LAING Hawai‘i programming is under the assumption that you will hold yourself to these tenets. That being said any harassment in-person or online will not be tolerated. You may be expelled for harassment or other issues and will not be entitled to any refund of costs or compensation of any kind.