Department Lecturers

Amanda Candens

Amanda Candēns
MA, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (Religion, 2017)
BA, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (Hawaiian Studies, 2015)

Office: Online Instructor
Office Hours: By appointment

Amanda Candēns teaches online courses for both the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and Kauaʻi Community College. She is a specialist in the study of female deities with a focus on cross-cultural analysis within polytheistic traditions. In addition to her MA in Religion, she also holds a graduate certificate from UH Mānoa's College of Education in Online Learning and Teaching through the College's Learning Design and Technology program. Online courses taught by Amanda include REL 149 Introduction to the World's Goddesses and REL 150 Introduction the World's Major Religions.

Lane Davey
MA, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (Religion, 2015)
MA, Pacific Rim Christian College (Religion, 2012)
BA, UH Mānoa (Fashion Merchandising & Design, 1993)

Office: Sakamaki A-407
Office Hours: tba

Lane Davey is a lecturer for Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) and New Testament at UH Mānoa. Lane’s specialization is in Biblical Studies and her topic of interest is Christianity and colonization. She has studied Greek, Hebrew, Syriac and Hawaiian to enhance her research of syncretism within early Hawaiian Bible translation. Lane is also a surfer and freelance journalist who writes for a variety of ocean sports publications.

David Falgout
PhD, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (Philosophy, 2014)
MA, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (Religion, 2004)
MA, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale (Philosophy, 2001)

Office: Sakamaki A-314
Office Hours: tba

David Falgout lectures often at Hawai‘i Pacific University, in Argument Writing, Religion, and Classics, and at University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, in Philosophy and Religion.  His research interests are primarily in Hindu, Buddhist, and Islamic religion and philosophy, with a focus on aesthetics, philosophy of religion, hermeneutics, and methodology in the study of religion.

S. Nani Kaʻaialiʻi
MA, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (Religion, 2014)
BA, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (Religion, 2011)

Office: Sakamaki A-306
Office Hours: tba

Nani teaches religion at both UH Mānoa and Kapiʻolani Community College.  Her areas of focus are in Hawaiian Religion, Christianity and Korean Buddhism.  She currently instructs courses on World Religions (REL 150) and Understanding Christianity (REL 210). Nani's research specialization is in the ancient Hawaiian rituals and practices of ʻanāʻanā.

Melvin Libman
DD, Jewish Theological Seminary of America (1989)
Rabbinic Ordination, Jewish Theological Seminary (1964)
MLH, Jewish Theological Seminary of America (1961)
BJEd, Boston Hebrew College (1958)
BA, Harvard University (1959)

Office: Sakamaki A-405
Office Hours: By appointment

A native of Boston, Massachusetts, Mel is a graduate of Harvard University and the Boston Hebrew College. He was ordained as Rabbi by the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in New York. He also has done post-graduate work at the Hebrew University and New York University and is a Certificate in Pastoral Counseling from the Post-Graduate Center for Mental Health.

He has served congregations in Toronto, Washington D. C., New Haven and San Diego and has worked extensively in Jewish communal work. He has taught at Chaminade University, Hawaii Pacific College, and Palomar College in San Diego. At UH Mānoa he currently teaches first and second year Biblical Hebrew.

David Panisnick
PhD, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (Philosophy, 1975)

Office: Sakamaki A-313
Office Hours: Tuesdays 11:00am-12:00pm and Thursdays 1:30pm-2:30pm

David Panisnick is a professor of Religion at Honolulu Community College. He is also a religion lecturer at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, where he teaches several undergraduate courses. Dr. Panisnick entered post-graduate studies in Religion at the Pacific School of Religion and the University of California, Berkeley prior to receiving his Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Hawai‘i in 1975. His current area of specialized interest and research is in the biological and evolutionary origins of religious beliefs and practices.

Jay Sakashita
PhD, University of Stirling, Scotland (Japanese Studies, 1998)

Office: Sakamaki A-313
Office Hours: Mon., Wed. and Fri. 8:45am-9:30am, and by appointment

An alumnus of the University of Hawai‘i, Jay received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Stirling in Scotland, where his research focused on contemporary Japanese religions. His work has appeared in newspapers, magazines, journals, and books. Jay is also a Professor of Religion at Leeward Community College where he teaches several courses in religion, including those related to Christianity and Japanese religions. He has no hobbies, no time to read books, and absolutely no social life. This is his children’s fault.