Kupuna Council

The faculty at the School of Social Work is engaged in a planning process that is focused on a context relevant approach to education and research. The process involves reconsidering the relevance and fit of traditional human behavioral paradigms and practices in relation to the existing sociocultural realities in Hawai`i and the Pacific Rim. In other words, we are moving towards "indigenizing" the constructs that guide our thinking related to theory, practices, educational processes, and community relations.

We are honored to have the support a group of highly distinguished community leaders, practitioners, and spiritualists who will guide us as we develop tangible ways to indigenize our programs.



Kupuna Council Community Members


Puanani Burgess
Consultant
Hale Na‘au Pono

Kama`opono Crabbe
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Wai‘anae Coast Comprehensive Health Center

Dennis Kauahi
Unit Manager
Queen Lili‘uokalani Children’s Center

Earl Kawa`a
Hawaiian Cultural Specialist
Kamehameha Schools

Lynette Paglinawan
Native Hawaiian Cultural Practitioner and Community Leader

Richard Paglinawan
Native Hawaiian Cultural Practitioner and Community Leader

Ben Young
Associate Professor
UHJABSOM