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Welcome to The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work

Noreen Mokuau

Aloha pumehana,

Mahalo piha for your interest in the Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. As one of the premier schools of social work in the Pacific-Asia region, we are dedicated to providing an educational experience that is anchored in excellence. Challenges and opportunities abound for social workers in a global community that is increasingly more culturally diverse. Our principal responsibility is the creation and transmission of knowledge reflecting the advancement of social work and the achievement of social justice as the "noble cause." Our unique focus is on resolving critical social problems that challenge s multicultural world, with specific attention to indigenous wisdom and perspectives.

The BSW, MSW and PhD programs prepare students to be educated global citizens who advance social justice. As of this year, our BSW and MSW programs have been fully reaccredited by the Council on Social Work Education for a maximum of 8 years, 2010-2018. Our faculty are highly knowledgeable, vastly experienced, and fully committed to the educational enterprise, and are well-known in endeavors of practice, policy and research. Faculty specialists in child and family, gerontology, health, and behavioral health, function as leaders in the School and the community. In broadening our educational reach beyond the Mānoa campus, our distance education option provides neighbor island residents with an opportunity to achieve their MSW degree via a blended approach of interactive television, computer-based technology, and face-to-face instruction.

I invite you to review our information and consider acquiring your education at our School in Hawaiʻi - one of the most culturally diverse communities in the world.

Me ka ʻoiaʻiʻo,

Noreen Mokuau, D.S.W.,
Dean and Professor


Latest News and Events
2014 MSW Orientation

2014 MSW Orientation

The Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work welcomed new MSW students at the 2014 MSW Orientation on August 4th and 5th. Good luck to all of the MSW students this new school year!

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2014 BSW Orientation


BSW Program Chair, Mike DeMattos addressing the new students
2014 BSW Orientation

On August 11, 2014, the Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work held the BSW New Student Orientation. This year's orentation welcomed one of the largest class of new students to the program. Good luck to all of the BSW students this new school year!

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2014 PhD Orientation


New PhD students ʻEleu Novikoff and Yoon Cha with
PhD Chair Dr. Paula Morelli
2014 PhD Orientation

On August 12, 2014, the Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work welcomed two new PhD students, ʻEleu Novikoff and Yoon Cha. Please give them a warm welcome to the school.

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2014 Distance Education E Komo Mai

2014 Distance Education E Komo Mai

On August 1st and 2nd, the Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work, MSW Distance Education Option welcomed new and continuing MSW students from all over the state to the 2014 E Komo Mai. E Komo Mai is a new student orientaion for the Distance Education Option.

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Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work hosts EASP Conference


Dr. Bum Jung Kim with Dr. Jing Guo


EASP Planning Committee Members
Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work hosts EASP Conference

Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work proudly hosted the East Asian Social Policy (EASP) 11th Annual Conference in collaboration with Center for Korean Studies, on July 24-25, 2014. This year, the theme of the conference was, “Managing Changing Welfare Needs in a Growing Transborder East Asia: Social Policy Responses.” There were a total of 90 presentations ranging from topics such as: welfare state; migration and diversity; family and care; aging society and the elderly; education; social protection and income maintenance; and a special forum for graduate students. Approximately 120 participants attended representing 10 countries, with the majority from East Asia (China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan) and others (UK, USA, Australia, Canada).

One of the core values in the Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work is to promote global social justice by recognizing global issues and their impact on social work, thereby addressing issues of oppression and injustice. East Asia is a primary target for achieving this core value for global social justice. The success of the EASP 11th Annual Conference confirms that the Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work and University of Hawaii at Manoa are visionary leaders in developing international research partnerships with schools and organizations in East Asia to enhance global social justice. Previous EASP annual conferences have been held in locales including China, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, and United Kingdom. The School will continue to pursue international activities enthusiastically.

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2014 Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work Convocation



2014 Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work Convocation

On May 16, 2014 the Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work held it's annual convocation ceremony for the graduating undergraduate and graduate students. This student run event was very successful and was highlighted by two inspiring keynote speakers, Roy Sakuma and Kamuela Enos. Congratulations to all of our graduates!

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Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work Faculty Receives Clopton Award

Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work Faculty Receives Clopton Award

On April 30, 2014, Dr. Colette Browne was awarded the Robert W. Clopton Award for Outstanding Service to the Community. The Robert W. Clopton Award for Outstanding Service to the Community recognizes a UH Manoa faculty member for playing a socially significant role by applying intellectual leadership and academic expertise to the improvement of the community. The award was established as a memorial to longtime Manoa College of Education Professor Robert Clopton and first awarded in 1977.

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The Alumni and Friends of the School of Social Work Student Essay

The Alumni and Friends of the School of Social Work Student Essay

The Alumni and Friends of the School of Social Work held its first student essay contest this past March. Students in the BSW and MSW programs were asked to submit essays that would “paint a picture of how your life will be as a professional social worker five years after graduation”. Winners of the essay contest were announced at a luncheon held in May at the Waioli Tea Room in Mānoa.

Tied for first place ($200) in the MSW category were Katie Caldwell and Yolanda Domingo. Winners in the BSW category were: Wendy Yoshioka, first place ($200); Chantel Keliihoomalu, second place ($100); Jossilyn Miller, third place ($50); and Audry Pascual and Noahlani Fata, honorable mention.

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UH Foundation Distinguished Alumni Award

UH Foundation Distinguished Alumni Award

The MBT School of Social Work is proudly offers its own congratulations to the husband and wife team of Dr. J. Kuhio Asam and Dr. Claire L. Asam for receiving the UH Foundation Distinguished Alumni Awards. Dr. (J) Kuhio Asam is the Administrator for Lunalilo Home and received his MD from the JABSOM. Dr. Claire Asam served as President and Executive Director of the Queen Lili‘uokalani Children Center before being named as Trustee for the Lili`uokalani Trust. Both are strong supporters of the MBT School of Social Work. Dr. Kuhio Asam served on the Ha Kupuna Advisory Council, and Dr. Claire Asam shares her expertise as a member of the Dean's Advisory Council. Congratulations!
Dean Mokuau Honored at the Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce 38th Annual Ō ‘ō Awards Banquet

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Dean Mokuau Honored at the Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce 38th Annual Ō ‘ō Awards Banquet

Dean Noreen Mokuau was recently honored at the Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce Ō ‘ō Awards Banquet. This year’s theme, “E Ho‘oulu Lā hui,” Let the Hawaiian People Flourish, was the motto of King David Kalā kaua and spoke to the issue of empowerment through a resurgent, increased Native populace. The ‘ō‘ō is the NHCC’s symbol for recognizing Hawaiian individuals whose skillful use of their talent results in professional and industry success, and whose commitment to the community helps Hawaiians grow and thrive. The ‘ō‘ō is made from precious hardwoods firmly rooted in our ‘aina and was used for digging, planting and preparing the ground for strong growth. The NHCC presents its prestigious Ō ‘ō Award to the people who have devoted their lives to improving the health and well-being of Hawaiians. Along with our own Dean Mokuau, this year's honorees also included Dr. Clayton Chong and Nainoa Thompson.

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Dean Mokuau Honored at NASW Annual Awards Dinner


Dean Mokuau with MBT SSW Faculty
Dean Mokuau Honored at NASW Annual Awards Dinner

Dean Noreen Mokuau was honored at the NASW Annual Awards Dinner on March 13, 2014 as the Social Worker of the Year in the category of Lifetime Educator. She had previously won the Social Worker of the Year award in the area of Social Work Education and Training.

Other Social Worker of the Year honories that night included: Linda Santos (Lifetime Acheivement), Kathleen Mau (Practitioner of the Year), and Chiyomi Chow (Social Justice/Advocate).

Congratulations to Dr. Mokuau and all of the other outstanding social workers honored by NASW!

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MSW Student Awarded NASW Scholarship

MSW Student Awarded NASW Scholarship

Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work student, Courtney Harrison was awarded a $1,000 NASW Scholarship at the NASW Annual Awards Dinner on March 13, 2014. Courtney is an MSW, Distance Education option student from Hilo. Congratulation to Courtney!

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Unversity of Hawaiʻi Foundation Scholarship Reception


Jossilyn Miller with Sally Kanehe
Unversity of Hawaiʻi Foundation Scholarship Reception

The University of Hawaiʻi Foundation held its annual Scholarship Reception on March 11 at the Stan Sheriff Center. The event honors both scholarship donors and awardees from all of the units at the UHM campus. In the picture on the left, donor Sally Kanehe is shown with Jossilyn Miller, a student in the BSW program who was awarded the Fred Markham Lampson Scholarship for AY 2013-14.
Practicum Instructor Appreciation Luncheon



Practicum Instructor Appreciation Luncheon

Nearly 100 social work practicum instructors, faculty and staff, gathered at the Willows Restaurant for the purpose of the School acknowledging the commitment and service of practicum instructors to our students.

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Ethel H. Yamane Endowed Scholarship Fund

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Ethel H. Yamane Endowed Scholarship Fund

Ethel Yamane, an alumni of the MBT School of Social Work (MSW, 1967), recently established an endowed scholarship for students in the MSW program. She retired from the Hawaiʻi state Department of Health in 1990 as the Chief of the Developmental Disabilities Division and served for many years on Board of Directors of the Alumni and Friends of the School of Social Work.

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