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Jeffrey Tangonan Acido

Jeffrey Tangonan Acido

Jeffrey Tangonan Acido is pursuing his PhD at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa.

Acido attended Honolulu Community College and did a study abroad in Korea through Kapi‘olani Community College and later transferred to earn a BA in religion at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. Acido also earned a masters in theology while studying in a seminary at Berkeley, California.

He worked in varied fields of employment—food service industry, truck delivery, non-profit organizations, community college promoter, DOE part-time teacher and a lecturer at UH Manoa, where Acido continues to teach Philippine Popular Culture for the Ilokano program.

An assistant researcher at AANCART at UH Manoa, Acido has promoted cancer awareness through radio programing to reach out to the broader Filipino community through the use of Ilokano, English and Tagalog language. He writes for the Ilokano Writers Guild and is a columnist for the local newspaper Fil-Am Observer.

Active in the community, he is involved in the issues of language and social equity. Acido is the program director of Nakem Youth, an organization that promotes social justice, faith, community and the use of mother-language in education. He is also a board member of Hawai‘i Peace and Justice and a program director for Rise Up!, a program dedicated to leadership development, inter-generational dialogue and ethnic and indigenous consciousness for the youth of Hawai‘i using critical education.

Acido has written poems and stories, co-edited a book, Kabambannuagan: Our Voices, Our Lives, an anthology of writings of young Ilokano’s in Hawai‘i. He helped collect stories from elders in Kalihi Valley and Waipahu, which were published in Panagtaripato: Parenting Our Stories, Our Stories As Parents.

He has presented papers in numerous academic conferences—“Experiences of Postcolonial Traditioning on Pilgrimage to a Nikkei Concentration Camp” and “Postcolonial Readings on the Ilokano Christian Theology.”

Acido was born in Bacarra, Ilocos Norte, Philippines and moved to Kalihi at the age of 6. Growing up working-class in Kalihi he attend Kalihi Waena/Kai, Kalakaua Middle School and Farrington High School. He played high school football and joined the culinary arts program while in Farrington High School.

Select a regent to learn more about that individual. Regents serve through June 30 of the indicated year.

John Holzman, headshot
John C. Holzman
Chair
Honolulu County
Term ends 2014
Saedene Ota, headshot
Saedene Ota
Vice Chair
Maui County
Term ends 2015
James Lee, headshot
James H. Q. Lee
Vice Chair
Honolulu County
Term ends 2014
Jeffrey Acido
Jeffrey Tangonan Acido
Student Seat
Term ends 2014
Eugene Bal III
Eugene Bal III
Maui County
Term ends 2018
Carl A. Carlson Jr., headshot
Carl A. Carlson Jr.
Hawai‘i County
Term ends 2016
John Dean
John C. Dean
Honolulu County
Term ends 2017
Chuck Gee, headshot
Chuck Y. Gee
Honolulu County
Term ends 2015
Benjamin Kudo
Benjamin Asa Kudo
At-Large Seat
Term ends 2017
Coralie Chun Matayoshi, headshot
Coralie Chun Matayoshi
Honolulu County
Term ends 2016
Barry Mizuno, headshot
Barry T. Mizuno
Hawai‘i County
Term ends 2018
Randolph Moore, headshot
Randolph G. Moore
At-Large Seat
Term ends 2018
Jeffrey Portnoy, headshot
Jeffrey Portnoy
Honolulu County
Interim Appointment Term ends 2014
Tom Shigemoto, headshot
Tom H. Shigemoto
Kaua‘i County
Term ends 2017
Jan Sullivan, headshot
Jan Naoe Sullivan
Honolulu County
Term ends 2016