Hawaii Pacific Model UN

Welcome to Hawaii Pacific Model UN

The eighth annual Hawaii Pacific Model United Nations will be held on November 22-24, 2019 at the Hawaii Convention Center. PacMUN was initially created to bring together the existing Hawaii schools to a central conference for collaboration and expansion of the Hawaii Model UN community.

In our eighth year, we will continue to expand our enrollment by inviting select schools from the Asia-Pacific region and across the world.

What is Model United Nations?

Model United Nations is a simulation of the United Nations General Assembly and other multilateral bodies. In Model UN, students step into the shoes of ambassadors from UN member states to debate current issues on the organization’s agenda. While playing their roles as ambassadors, student “delegates” make speeches, prepare draft resolutions, negotiate with allies and adversaries, resolve conflicts, and navigate parliamentary procedure – all in the interest of mobilizing international cooperation to resolve problems that affect countries all over the world.

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Before playing out their ambassadorial roles in a Model UN simulation, students research the issue that their committee will address. Model UN participants learn how the international community acts on its concerns about topics including peace and security, human rights, the environment, food and hunger, and economic development and globalization. Model UN delegates also look closely at the needs, goals, and foreign policies of the countries they will represent. The insights they gain from their exploration of history, geography, culture, economics, and science contribute to the authenticity of the simulation. The delegates’ in-depth knowledge of their positions guarantees a lively and memorable experience.

PacMUN Conference Location

Situated right in the middle of the vast Pacific Ocean and more isolated from continental landmasses than any other piece of land in the world, the beautiful state of Hawaii prospers with a diverse cultural, economic, and historical community. The state is composed of eight main islands; however, the conference will be held on the island of Oahu. Sometimes called “The Gathering Place,” Oahu is the third largest Hawaiian island and is home to the majority of Hawaii’s population. In addition to its natural beauty, the island’s cultural wealth emerges from the fusion of east and west embedded in Native Hawaiian culture. The harmony between the ancient and modern, from the clear blue waters of Kailua Beach to the metropolitan cityscapes of Honolulu, create an unforgettable experience for all those who visit.

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The Hawaii Convention Center, the venue for PacMUN 2019, embodies this idea of east meets west and the congregation of the international community. Its 1.1 million square feet of meeting space more than accommodates our needs for the conference. Since its opening in 1998, it has facilitated several of Hawaii’s major events with the spirit of Aloha. Due to its location at the heart of the state capital, it is a short distance away from some of Hawaii’s top attractions such as the Ala Moana Shopping Center, the largest open-air shopping center in the world.

PacMUN Conference Philosophy

“Our work for peace must begin within the private world of each one of us. To build for man a world without fear, we must be without fear. To build a world of justice, we must be just. And how can we fight for liberty if we are not free in our own minds? How can we ask others to sacrifice if we are not ready to do so?… Only in true surrender to the interest of all can we reach that strength and independence, that unity of purpose, that equity of judgment which are necessary if we are to measure up to our duty to the future, as men of a generation to whom the chance was given to build in time a world of peace.”

-Dag Hammarskjöld, UN Secretary General from 1953 to 1961

E Komo Mai! (Welcome!)

To overseas delegations, we’re glad you’ve chosen to join us in Hawaii for PacMUN 2019! To local teams, welcome to another year of PacMUN; we hope our improvements over the past years will make an even better experience today.

PacMUN is dedicated to bringing together high school delegates from across the globe for an enjoyable and thought-provoking committee experience. Through the conference, we hope to engage and challenge all of our delegates in reasoning, rhetoric, and leadership. We also hope that PacMUN will serve as a bridge to connect the Asia-Pacific region as we create bonds between the leaders of tomorrow.



Kuleana (Responsibility)

At PacMUN, we hope to help our delegates recognize their responsibility to improve their families and communities, to solve global issues, and to strive to better themselves.

Laulima (Collaboration)

We hope that PacMUN delegates will come to the conference with a willingness to cooperate with their peers, especially since they will present conflicting perspectives on personal, domestic, and international issues.

Pono (Justice)

Working through various committees and social opportunities, we hope that PacMUN delegates will be able to discuss plans to promote peace and justice around the world. In addition, we hope that our delegates will leave PacMUN with a stronger grounding in the international justice system.

Alakai (Leadership)

Recognizing the urgent need for strong and moral leadership in the coming decades, we hope that PacMUN committees will teach delegates how to lead and inspire their peers. We also hope that through the conference, students will become better negotiators, communicators, and statesmen.

Ike Loa (Search of Knowledge)

We hope that PacMUN delegates will gain valuable knowledge from their experience at the conference. By developing solutions to the problems that international leaders currently face, we aim to push our delegates to acquire skills in diplomacy, further their understanding of the United Nations, and discover the challenges of international negotiation. We do this, not just to prepare delegates for a life of service, but also because they will inherit the responsibility to educate future generations on the lessons of the past.

PacMUN seeks to further the transformation of Hawaiʻi into a modern “Geneva of the Pacific.” We believe that Hawaii can be a valuable bridge connecting the diverse countries, peoples, and cultures of the Asia-Pacific region; we believe that PacMUN’s role is to build ties between the youth who will be tomorrow’s leaders.

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Ultimately, PacMUN must combine elements of realism and idealism. Committee should, to the utmost extent, represent a realistic simulation of the real world. Students should be forced to confront the same substantive issues faced by diplomats and politicians, all the while navigating the difficult procedural environments of international and national political institutions. Only in this way can Model United Nations fulfill its stated educational purpose of preparing the next generation of leaders in a manner unique to itself. And yet, at the same time, PacMUN should imbue students with an unwavering idealism. Even as students must operate within the strictly realistic confines of committee, students should be empowered to challenge the established norms and concepts of international relations and politics and to envision a better world. The educational purpose of the Model United Nations committee is not simply to answer questions of “what is,” but also challenge students to answer “what ought to be.”

PacMUN 2019 Schedule

Friday, November 22, 2019

4:00pm – 4:45pm   Registration
4:45pm – 6:30pm   Opening Ceremonies & Dinner
6:45pm – 9:30pm   Committee Session I

Saturday, November 23, 2019

9:00am – 12:00pm Committee Session II
12:00pm – 1:30pm   Lunch (on your own)
1:45pm – 4:45pm   Committee Session III
4:45pm – 6:15pm   Dinner (on your own)
6:30pm – 9:30pm   Committee Session IV
9:45pm – 11:30pm   Delegate Social

Sunday, November 24, 2019

9:00am – 11:30am   Committee Session V
11:45pm – 1:00pm   Closing Ceremonies

Register & Apply

Once registered, you will receive confirmation of your account and will be sent an invoice. Payment is due no later than October 18, 2019. If you have any questions, please contact Kari Rachlin at kari@laulimafamilies.com. 
Need-based financial aid is available upon request.

April 1 to September 20 ($60 per delegate fee)

September 21 to October 15 ($85 per delegate fee)

Please make checks payable to Pacific Model UN, LLC and mail payment to the following address:

Pacific Model UN, LLC
1003 Bishop Street
Suite 1200
Honolulu, HI 96813
United States of America



Every student and faculty advisor participating in PacMUN must sign and return a copy of this form before the start of the conference. Please return a signed form for each participant by October 18, 2019 to kari@laulimafamilies.com or mail to Hawaii Pacific Model UN, LLC. Students must also obtain a signature from a parent or legal guardian. Students or faculty advisors without a completed release form on file prior to PacMUN will not be permitted to participate in any conference activities.




Delegations are required to notify the Secretariat at secretariat@pacmun.org of their respective hotel accommodation(s) by October 18, 2019.

We have reserved a limited number of discounted rooms at the Ala Moana Hotel which is about a 5 to 10 minute walk to the Hawaii Convention Center where the conference will be held.  To make reservations, please book through this portal or call the groups department:  (800) 367-6025 (U.S. & Canada), (800) 446-8990 (Neighbor Islands), or direct (808) 955-4811 Group Reservations.   Please reference the group name PACMUN.  


Delegations will not receive committee/position assignments until we have received all conference fees or we have confirmation that a school funding board has approved a request for payment and that payment is on its way. As soon as the registration for Hawaii schools are received, the Secretariat will work on sending out all respective committee/position assignments in a timely manner. After assignments have been issued to all delegations, we will need a full roster of delegates with their full names and committee/position assignments from the advisers by October 18, 2019.


Delegates in all committees (including crisis committees) are required to submit a position paper to their committee Chair by November 11, 2019 at 11:59pm HST. Delegates who submit their position papers late will be ineligible for the Research Award. Delegates who do not submit position papers will be ineligible for any awards. Delegates must write one position paper for each committee topic unless otherwise specified by the committee Chair. In General Assembly committees, the committee topics can be found in the Background Guide. In Crisis committees, unless otherwise stated by your chair the position paper should address your character’s position on the crisis topic. Position papers should be limited to one-page, single-spaced, written in 12-point Times New Roman Font with one-inch margins, and may include citations following the Chicago Manual of Style.

The subject line of the position paper submission email should match the document name. The document name and file extension should be according to the following:


Ex. SOCHUM_SaudiArabia_JohnDoe_MUNHighSchool.docx

Please see below for the PacMUN 2019 Background Guides and Committee Chair Contact Information:

UNHRCKylie WatanabeN/Akwatanabe1@dons.usfca.edu
SOCHUMEmma SmithN/Aesmith11@stanford.edu
The Great MāheleMarcel Truong-ChunN/Amarcel_truongchun@emerson.edu

US Senate (Advanced Specialized)Jake SteinerN/Ajtks@st-andrews.ac.uk
Estamos Juntos: The Spanish Juntas of 1808Emily BishkoMustafa Khanebishko@stanford.edu
Troubled Times: 1972 UK CabinetStephanie JacksonLuc Lavataistephyj@stanford.edu
JCC: USAYoo Ra SungIsha Gonoguntaysung23@brandeis.edu
JCC: CubaKatie SakysCameron McClellankatherine_sakys@college.harvard.edu
JCC: ColombiaSylvie AshfordWilliam Heylersylviash@stanford.edu
JCC: RussiaTim WuSam Smithtwuster@stanford.edu


Requests for refund and withdrawal must be directed to our Director of Registration at secretariat@pacmun.org. If a delegation wishes to withdraw delegates from the conference, individual delegate fees will be refunded according to the reduction in delegate numbers. PacMUN reserves the right to make modifications to committee/position assignments and to revoke specific assignments if the delegation size is reduced. In accordance with the date of withdrawal, the last day to receive full refund for delegate fees is September 21, 2019.


April 1Early Registration opens
September 20Early Registration closes
September 21Regular Registration opens
Mid-SeptemberBackground guides available online
September 21Last day to receive full refund for delegate fees
September 28
Preparatory Model UN Simulation (Hawaiʻi only - estimated date)
October 15Regular Registration closes
Deadline to request financial assistance
October 18Deadline to submit payment of delegate fees
Deadline to submit release and liability waiver form
Deadline to notify the Secretariat of hotel accommodation(s)
Deadline to submit full roster of delegates (full name, committee/position assignments)
November 11 (Midnight HST)Deadline to submit position papers to committee Chairs
November 22Preconference Excursions (Non-Hawaiʻi only)
November 22-24PacMUN 2019