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I have been conducting academic research of Kanaka ‘Ōiwi (indigenous Hawaiian) culture and history for sixteen years with research that focuses on identity within the Kanaka ‘Ōiwi community.
I have always been interested in identity, especially among mixed-race youth. Over time that interest has broadened to include religious identity.
My current research, a continuation of my research on identity, focuses on how the military changed the identity of Hawaiian society during the territorial period.
Dissertation Title:"I Wish They Would Leave Those Negro Soldiers Alone": Native Hawaiian and Japanese American Perceptions and Interactions with Blacks in World War II Hawai'i
2014 “Native Hawaiian Religion,” “Ethnic communities in Hawai’i,” “Hawaiian cuisine,” “Hula,” Asian Americans: An Encyclopedia of Social, Cultural, and Political History.
2011 “Hawai’i,” Encyclopedia of Global Religion.
Pacific Islander American/Pacific Islander History
Asian American History
ASAM 150 – “Pacific Islanders and Pacific Islander Americans” Summer 2015 [Session B]
ASAM 150 – “Pacific Islanders and Pacific Islander Americans” Winter 2014
HIST 189E – “History of the Pacific (1700s – Present)” Summer 2012 [Session A]
Awards & Professional Activities:
Mellon University Press Diversity Fellowship
- University of Washington Press Fellow 2016-2017
Psychoanalysis Div 39 American Psychological Association (APA)
- Scholar 2015
University of California Interdisciplinary Psychoanalysis Consortium
- Hayman Dissertation Fellowship 2014
University of California Pacific Rim Research Program
- Advanced Graduate Research Fellowship 2012
History Department and History Department’s History Associates
- Associates Fellowship 2015
- Regent’s Dissertation Fellowship 2012
- Van Gelderen Graduate Fellowship 2011
- Associates Fellowship 2012
- Darcy Ruth Ritzau Award 2009
- Brython Davis Graduate Fellowship 2011
- Graduate Opportunity Fellowship 2010