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

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 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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Ito Foundation Scholarship Recipients

Ito Foundation Scholarship Recipients

Scholarship recipients Courtney Harrison (MSW DE Option Program) and Yolanda Domingo (Manoa MSW Program) were honored at the Ito Foundation Holiday Celebration on December 13, 2013 at the Mariposa. Congratulations scholarship recipients!

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MBTSSW Signs MOA with Beijing Social Administration Vocational College


Vice president of BSAVC, Ying Wang (left), and Dean Mokuau (right), signing the MOA on May 27th, 2013.
MBTSSW Signs MOA with Beijing Social Administration Vocational College

Noreen Mokuau, Dean of the Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work (MSTSSW) at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa visited the Beijing Social Administration Vocational College (BSAVC), China, and signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the College in May 2013. The MOA aimed at creating collaborative and exchange opportunities between two institutions including faculty and student exchanges, joint research, and training. The BSAVC is affiliated with the Ministry of Civil Affairs of the central government of China.

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Visiting Scholar Dr. Ahn Presents on Elderly in Korea


Dr. Joonhee Ahn and Dr. Bum Jung Kim
Visiting Scholar Dr. Ahn Presents on Elderly in Korea

On November 20, 2013, Dr. Joonhee Ahn a visiting scholar to the Myrom B. Thompson SSW presented in a Brown Bag her study of "What is Happening in Older Adults in South Korea? Discussion from the social work perspective."
PhD Student Passess Final Examnination


Photo: L to R: Dr. Rebecca Stotzer (Chair), Colleen Fox, Dr. Hamilton McCubbin (via Skype), Dr. Meripa Godinet, Dr. Seunghye Hong, Dr. William Wood
PhD Student Passess Final Examnination

Congratulations to PhD Candidate, Colleen Fox! Colleen passed her Final Examination and defense of her dissertation research: "Assessing our Youth: Clinician Perceptions of Assessment Practices with Adolescents in Substance Abuse Treatment."

Mahalo to Chair: Becky Stotzer and committee members: Meripa Godinet, Seunghye Hong, Hamilton McCubbin & William Wood
Prince of Peace Children’s Home Tianjin, China Summer of 2013

Prince of Peace Children’s Home Tianjin, China Summer of 2013

In partnership with the Wuqing Bureau of Civil Affairs, World Vision, and Prince of Peace Foundation, USA … BSW & MSW students, Jessica Bautista, Jeff Aganos, and Sandra Ng, MSW, completed a 5 week practicum at the Prince of Peace Children’s Home (Orphanage) for children with special health care needs in Wuqing, Tianjin, China. Students worked with teachers and care-givers providing service to children who have resided in the orphanage most of their lives.

The students presented on their experiences to students, faculty, and staff at the Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work on October 9, 2013.

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Global Social Justice in Phillipines - Summer 2013

Global Social Justice in Phillipines - Summer 2013

In partnership with Consuelo Foundation and on-site partners: Pangarap Foundation, Child & Family Service, WESADEF, and Don Bosco Calauan Foundation … Social Work students, Mililani Keliihoomalu, Shanda Owan, Katie Caldwell and Public Health student Chad Nobel-Tabiolo spent ten weeks in the summer working alongside communities in need: houselessness, sexually abused children/youth, poverty, and basic life skill needs. The students were placed in various cities which included Pasay, Baguio, Calbayog, and Calauan/Southville 7.

Students learned about social work/public health’s local practices and how service-learning is effective under extremely limited resources. Most importantly, they learned about themselves as future social work and public health workers. The students presented on their experiences to students, faculty, and staff at the Center for Korean Studies on October 9, 2013.

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Richard S. and T. Rose Takasaki Endowment Fund


Mr. Takasaki with former dean Jon Matsuoka
Richard S. and T. Rose Takasaki Endowment Fund

The Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work recently received a $1 million endowment. The endowment will help fund the Richard S. Takasaki Endowed Professorship.

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MBT SSW Recieves Special Visit From Former Dean's Grand Nephew


Current Dean Noreen Mokuau with Gordon and Melissa Krantz
MBT SSW Recieves Special Visit From Former Dean's Grand Nephew

The School received a visit this week from Boston resident Gordon Krantz and his wife Melissa. Gordon is the grand nephew of Dr. Herbert Aptekar, former Dean of the MBT School of Social Work (1969 - 1974). He last visited Hawaiʻi when he was 11 years old and had planned for a long time to return and to revisit the school that his uncle had helped to build. Gordon carries on the family tradition as a practicing social social worker in Boston, as his father did before him.

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PhD Orientation 2013

PhD Orientation 2013

The Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work welcomed three new PhD students on August 13, 2013.

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BSW Orientation 2013

BSW Orientation 2013

The BSW new student orientation was held on August 9th, 2013 at the Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work.

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MSW New Student Orientation

MSW New Student Orientation

The Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work held the new MSW student orientation on August 5 and 6.

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E Komo Mai 2013

E Komo Mai 2013

E Komo Mai is the new MSW student orientation for the Distance Education program. The orientation was held on August 2 and 3 at the Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work.

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International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG)


International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG)

The meeting of the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG), held in Seoul, South Korea, June 23-27, 2013, was an outstanding success. The UH MBT SSW was well-represented. Faculty who had presentations accepted and presented included Drs. Colette Browne, Noreen Mokuau, Kathryn Braun, Lana Ka`opua, and Bum Jung Kim. Drs. Browne and Kim attended numerous meetings to discuss aging policy issues including a meeting and lunch with the Mayor of Seoul Metropolitan City, and meetings with the Chairman of Korea's National Assembly and Congressmen of Committee of Health and Welfare. We also made time for a tour of a senior welfare center and visits to other universities and their faculty, including Ewha Woman's University, Hanyang University, Sung-Shin University, and Seoul National University, which provided opportunities for discussions on research and education collaborations on aging issues in the future.

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Dean Mokuau appointed to CSWE Commission for Diversity and Social and Economic Justice

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Dean Mokuau appointed to CSWE Commission for Diversity and Social and Economic Justice

Dean Noreen Mokuau has recently been appointed to the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission for Diversity and Social and Economic Justice (CDSEJ) for a 3-year term from July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2016. This prestigious appointment is compatible with the mission and priorities of the MBT SSW and can influence a broad discussion of diversity and social justice. The CDSEJ promotes inclusion, equity, social and economic justice, and the integration of knowledge of how the multiple aspects of human diversity intersect in social work education.
BSW Student in Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program


Dr. Bum Jun Kim with Charna Underwood
BSW Student in Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program

Charna Underwood, a BSW student at the Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work and a participant in the UHM Honors Program, has received two outstanding fellowships to support her research activities. The UHM Undergraduate Research Opportunity Porgram awarded her $5,000, and the Associated Students of the University of Hawaii awarded her another $1,000. The title of Ms. Underwood's research project and honors thesis is: "Effects of Social Support on Depression in Older Japanese Women Living in the Long-term Care Setting." The fellowship awards will be used to collect and analyze original data from various long-term care settings in Hawaii, and for the dissemination of the study findings. Dr. Bum Jun Kim serves as Ms. Underwood's faculty mentor and the chair of her honors thesis committee.
2013 Myron B. Thompson Convocation



2013 Myron B. Thompson Convocation

The Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work 2013 Convocation was held on May 9, 2013 at the UH Campus Center Ballroom. Congratulations to the graduating class of 2013!

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