Our Values

Dignity

Ukuli’i ka pua, onaona i ka mau’u

Hawaii

“Tiny is the flower, yet it scents the grass around it”

One person can make a significant impact in the universe. We at UTOPIA believe in the importance and worth of every person in a society, we aim to assist in building that leadership. We value dignity and believe that everyone is worthy of honor and respect.

Diligence

O le ‘ala i le pule o le Tautua

Samoa

“The path to leadership is through good service”

As this Samoan proverb speaks to the importance of diligence in order to achieve leadership, we at UTOPIA also value careful, consistent, and intentional work. UTOPIA believes in working diligently to achieve the best outcomes for the QTPI community.

Teamwork

Galulue fa’atasi e māmā ai se ‘avega

Samoa

“Working together lightens the load”

UTOPIA believes in working together as a team. We believe collaboration and teamwork with a focus on a common team goal enhances the quality and effectiveness of our work and services.

Sustainability

E mae te tavake ki ona fulu

Tokelau

The tavake bird treasures its red feathers

The Tokelau people treasure their language. It is so precious that it must be nurtured for its survival into the future. At UTOPIA, we value sustainability because it shows resilience and endurance. We not only hope to sustain as an organization but it is also important to us that we are able to sustain traditions and practices that identify us as indigenous and QTPI.

Cultural Heritage

Ko taku reo taku ohooho, ko taku reo taku mapihi mauria

Maori

“My language is my awakening, my language is the window to my soul”

This is a proverb closely associated with language revitalization, a struggle which is very important in maintaining culture. We embrace cultural heritage as a part of our identities. Here at UTOPIA we aim to provide culturally sensitive solutions to address the needs of our QTPI community. We also hope to preserve the languages and traditions from our ancestors that make us indigenous people of the Pacific

UTOPIA Washington

The Story of Our Logo

The Pu Foafoa, is a shell that acts as an incubator space that protects, shelters, and is ever so ready to cultivate anew as it cycles through future generations. Like the thriving sea mollusks of the Oceania region, the seashell represents safe sanctuary, and the significance of space that cultivates the growth for the 2SLGBTQIA+ community members that can only be achieved by fostering a space of belonging.

The spiral design resembles the mana of the ocean waves, true to its constant shifting nature, represents the transformative power of UTOPIA’s work.

Mission

To provide sacred spaces to strengthen the minds and bodies of QTPIs – Queer and Trans Pacific Islanders – through community organizing, community care, civic engagement and cultural stewardship.

Vision

Creating a world of cultural wealth, dignity healing & liberation for QTPIs that honors our ancestors and support future generations and ourselves.