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   core faculty
   • terence wesley-smith
   • tarcisius kabutaulaka
   • lola quan bautista
   • julie walsh
   • managing editor
   • outreach director
   • administrative asst
   • graduate assistants
   • affiliate faculty
   • graduate students



The center's activities revolve around a dedicated and dynamic group of core and affiliate faculty, staff, and students. Areas of faculty expertise and interest range from the evolution of social complexity in the Pacific to contemporary politics and identity, from early maritime history to contemporary music and dance. Five instructional faculty and the managing editor, the outreach director, and the administrative assistant are housed at the center offices in Moore Hall. Affiliate faculty are housed in their respective UHM departments or in nearby institutions, such as the East-West Center and Bishop Museum. The students’ international backgrounds and cross-disciplinary orientations are reflected in their life histories and in their wide-ranging research interests.

core faculty and staff

Terence Wesley-Smith, PhD, Director, Graduate Chair, Professor, and Editor of The Contemporary Pacific, (808) 956-2668

Tarcisius Tara Kabutaulaka, PhD, Associate Professor and Editor of the Pacific Islands Monograph Series, (808) 956-265

Lola Quan Bautista, PhD, Assistant Professor (On leave for fall 2010), (808) 956-2652

Julie Walsh, PhD, Assistant Specialist, (808) 956-2658

Jan Rensel, PhD, Managing Editor,, (808) 956-2670

Charlotte Needham, Administrative Assistant,, (808) 956-7700

Alexander Mawyer, PhD, Assistant Professor
Moore Hall 210, (808) 956-2670

Moana Nepia, PhD, Assistant Professor
Moore Hall 215A, (808) 956-9723


Regina Woodrom Luna, PhD

Monica Labriola, PhD


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