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Aloha to Beloved Friend Richard Takasaki



L to r: Richard Takasaki with Jon Matsuoka
The School Bids a Fond Aloha to Beloved Friend Richard Takasaki


Richard Takasaki, retired educator and long-time friend of the School, passed away on April 15, 2011 at the age of 93. Born and raised in Honolulu, Takasaki graduated from McKinley High School, Class of ’36 (along with the late SSW alum Ah Nee Leong, with whom he maintained a life-long friendship). He was described by his family as a life-long learner, educator, voracious reader and dedicated sports fan.

He held degrees from the University of Hawai`i, Columbia University, Harvard University and Brandeis University. His career path attests to his many talents. To name just a few, he was Chief of Research and Statistics and Chief Budget Examiner for the State of Hawai‘i, Director of Finance for the City and County of Honolulu, Vice President of the East West Center, Director of Finance for the Bishop Estate, and acting president of UH. He also taught social work courses. His passion for social policy and social justice is exemplified in The Richard S. and T. Rose Takasaki Endowed Scholarship which provides financial assistance to PhD students who intend to practice social work in Hawai‘i with a focus on social policy.

After retiring, Takasaki continued to provide service to the community, including the Hawaiian Humane Society, Kamehameha Schools, the City and County Planning Commission, the Hawai‘i Visitors Bureau, and a plethora of other organizations.

The School’s previous dean, Jon Matsuoka, maintained a monthly lunch date with Takasaki for a number of years. Their talks centered around sports or Takasaki would tell stories about the University in days long past that would often have both of them laughing. In his eulogy to Mr. Takasaki, Matsuoka wrote, “When I last visited him, his eyes were wide open and he tried desperately to talk to me. I knew it would be the last time I’d see him. I thanked him for all his support when I was dean, and the gift of his stories and lessons in life. I said to him that he had lived a good and full life and I was very glad our paths had crossed. His gaze became softer and more distant. Later that day, he passed away.”

Story and photo by Jackie Graessle
Alumni in Action: Daintry Bartoldus

Alumni in Action: Daintry Bartoldus

One of the Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work's own graduates is featured in April's Malamalam Online Magazine.

>Click on this link to read the "Alumni in Action: Daintry Bartoldus" article.
8th Social Work Celebration



Interim Dean Noreen Mokuau with Bishop Ito
School Celebrates its 8th Social Work Celebration

On March 5, 2011, 20 students from different universities in Japan completed their three week educational program called "Sharing Aloha: Social Work in Hawai`i Seminar" Series. Students shared their work in the form of portfolios and poster boards, demonstrated a learning of culture through language, mele, and hula, and were awarded their certificates of completion. This is the 8th year of the program jointly sponsored by The Univers Foundation and the MBT SSW.

Ron Matayoshi and Nathan Chang have been leaders in organizing this annual cultural exchange with Japan.
IVAT Conference



R to l: Likeke Paglinawan, Lynette Paglinawan, Dr. Robert Geffner (President of IVAT), and Interim Dean Noreen Mokuau
Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work Presence at the IVAT Conference

IVAT, the Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma at Alliant International University, held its 8th Hawai‘i Conference entitled “Preventing, Assessing, and Treating Child, Adolescent, and Adult Trauma” March 8 – 10 at the Ala Moana Hotel. Co-sponsors included Kapi‘olani Child Protection Center, the Family Violence and Sexual Assault Institute (FVSAI), and the National Partnership to End Interpersonal Violence across the Lifespan (NPEIV). The national conference was opened and closed with pule by faculty member Lynette Paglinawan of the School’s Hawaiian Learning Program. The planning committee included MBTSSW faculty members Kai Duponte, Tammy Martin, Steve Onken, Carol Plummer, Sharon Simms, Gail Breakey, and involved AFSSW officer Marty Oliphant.

School faculty also provided much of the curriculum: Cheri Tarutani co-presented on Balancing Therapeutic and Judicial Approached with Adolescent and Adult Substance Abusing Offenders; Kai Duponte co-presented on The Effects of Intergenerational and Historical Trauma on Girls; Tammy Martin presented on The Use of the Lokahi Wheel as a Cultural Approach to Engage Traumatized Children and Families in Treatment; Lynnette Paglinawan co-presented on The Peace Warrior Curriculum – Elua; Steve Onken moderated two panels: How to Convert Systems of Care to be Trauma-Informed, and Resilience through Trauma-Informed Care in the Criminal Justice System; Likeke Paglinawan and Lynette Paglinawan co-presented on Healthcare Through Cooperative Collaboration between Professionals and Cultural Healers; Carol Plummer presented on Its Cultural: Prevention, Disclosure, and Interventions in Child Abuse and Neglect; and special guest, Interim Dean Noreen Mokuau closed the conference with a discussion on how Native Hawaiians have experienced historic trauma with long-lasting impact over the lifespan and across generations. She stated, “There remains much to be improved for Native Hawaiians to have full parity with other populations; however today, there are the beginning signs of Native Hawaiians rising from the trauma to cultural triumph.” The Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work’s leadership and advocacy in this area advances the mission of the School and serves its community.

Lieutenant Governor Brian Schatz Attends Social Work Faculty Meeting



Schatz with Interim Dean Noreen Mokuau


Schatz in discussion with faculty
Lieutenant Governor Brian Schatz Attends Social Work Faculty Meeting


On February 28, 2011, Lieutenant Governor Brian Schatz spoke with faculty and staff of the Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work and generously answered faculty questions. In a discussion relevant to the School’s strategic planning, he spoke about challenges confronting the state and nation. As the former CEO of Helping Hands Hawaiʻi, Lt. Gov Schatz has a deep understanding of social services, and addressed the need for “horizontal leadership” to form partnerships among all levels of government, the private sector, and all arenas of the community.

A special acknowledgement goes out to Mr. Ron Matayoshi (co-chair of Schatz' campaign) for organizing the visit.
UH Social Work Alum Named Living Treasure of Hawaiʻi


Oshiro next to his reception poster


Likeke Paglinawan, Oshiro, and Lynette Paglinawan
UH Social Work Alum Named Living Treasure of Hawaiʻi

On February 5, 2011, alum Masaru Oshiro (’54) was named a Living Treasure of Hawaiʻi by the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaiʻi at the 36th annual awards ceremony. Oshiro joins an honor roll that reads like royalty, including Irmgard Aluli, Dr. Kekuni Blaisdell, Gladys Brandt, Father Claude Du Teil, Maxine Hong Kingston, Likeke Paglinawan, Gabby Pahinui, Mary Kawena Pukuʻi, Nainoa Thompson, and Myron “Pinky” Thompson, to name just a few.

His first experience helping others was as a volunteer case aid with the American Red Cross assisting families of Korean War veterans. He found that he loved the work. Following his service in WWII, he obtained his master of social work degree from UH on the GI Bill. Oshiro’s career has since spanned 40 years, much of which included unpaid service.

One fortuitous decision was accepting a position as a social worker at the Queen Liliʻuokalani Children’s Center in 1963 where he remained for twelve years, being promoted to executive director in 1967. It was here that his association with renowned social workers Myron “Pinky” Thompson (social work alum & Living Treasure, 2002), Likeke Paglinawan (social work alum and Living Treasure, 2006), and psychiatrist Jack Haertig helped sharpen his clinical and administrative skills.

This was a period of time in Hawaiʻi when there was a resurgence of pride in “things Hawaiian,” including traditional music, dance, and other cultural practices such as loʻi farming. It was also a time of intense land and water rights struggles. Noticing that their clients were not responding well to classic western social work methods, workers brought their concerns to Oshiro. He encouraged them to explore other practices. They created the “Culture Committee,” the purpose of which was to examine the cultural aspects of conflict in Hawaiian families. Kumu Mary Kawena Pukuʻi was generous enough to observe their case presentations and provide advice and mentoring. The committee (including Lynette Paglinawan, also a social work alum) resurrected ancient healing practices. These had been forced underground when early missionaries prohibited Native Hawaiians from engaging in many indigenous practices, including speaking in their native tongue. Out of these consultations, the classic two-volume Nana I Ke Kumu (Look to the Source) was published. It is still widely used today.

Throughout his career, Oshiro never lost contact with the American Red Cross. He provided mental health support services in numerous Hawai`i disasters. He also provided mental health services in the 9/11 World Trade Center Attack in New York City, the California Central Valley Flood, the Korean Airlines Flight #801 crash in Guam, and the TWA flight #800 crash off the coast of Long Island.

A few of his accolades include being selected as Social Worker of the Year by the National Association of Social Work three times, recognition from Elizabeth Dole (then president of the American Red Cross) for his outstanding mental health services to disaster victims, and being listed in Men and Women of Hawaiʻi twice.

The Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work is proud to claim yet another alum selected as a Living Treasure of Hawaiʻi.

Story and photos by Jackie Graessle, ACSW
2010 BSW Dean's List


Congratulations to BSW students who made the UH Mānoa Dean's List for their excellent academic performance in the Fall 2010 semester!

Click on this Link to see the list.

Ah Nee Leong
The School Bids Aloha to Beloved Alum Ah Nee Leong


Ah Nee Leong, a UH alum and director on the Alumni and Friends of the School of Social Work Board, passed away on December 22, 2010. Ah Nee was instrumental in shaping the direction of the organization, strengthening its alliance with the School, and sustaining its existence throughout the years.

The School’s alumni organization was started in the 1960s with the purpose of advancing the professional development of its individual members; assisting in the development and strengthening of the School; advancing the social work profession within the community; and promoting fellowship among members of the alumni association. However, for many years, the organization went dormant without activity. In the early 1980s, Ah Nee decided to revive the organization. He began calling people and holding meetings with a very small but dedicated group of people, including Pua Iuli, Sally Lampson Kanehe, the late Oscar Kurren, Bob Masuda, Cristobel Sanders (wife of the late Dan Sanders, the School’s dean for many years), and Ethyl Yamane. This nucleus of people was committed to giving new life to the organization.

The years following presented many challenges in trying to grow the membership and keep the organization viable. People came and went, but this core group never gave up. In 2002, they were invited by then Interim Dean Jon Matsuoka to hold their meetings at the School of Social Work. This made it more convenient for students to attend and made the organization more visible. Many students, after graduating, became members and officers, relieving those who had been carrying the load for so many years. The original group continued to attend as directors.

The organization is now a thriving and integral part of the School and helps with events such as convocations, orientations, and fund-raisers, one of which resulted in an endowed scholarship. In 2009, its first reunion was held. It was so successful that another one was held this past October, 2010. At the reunion, Ah Nee was given a Certificate of Appreciation for championing an organization that is dedicated to social work education and for his generous support of Dean Jon Matsuoka and Interim Dean Noreen Mokuau.

His continued presence and sage advice kept the members on task and assured that the organization always had the support of the School in its sights. In his professional life, he worked at the Judiciary, the Kāne‘ohe State Hospital, the Department of Health, was a co-founder of the Epilepsy Society of Hawai‘i and he was a practicum instructor for hundreds of our social work students. He is remembered for his steadfastness, kindness, humor, gentle manner, and his warm regard for everyone he came into contact with. We shall miss him greatly.

Deep condolences go out to his wife, Wan and son Michael (also a social worker).




The Alumni and Friends of the School of Social Work Holds its 2nd Reunion

On October 29, 2010, the School’s alumni group held its second reunion at the Willows. The brainchild of board member Eddie Mersereau, it was attended by about 70 people; nearly a third more than the year prior. This particular reunion was even more memorable because Ah Nee Leong and Cristobel Sanders were both given awards for their dedication and perseverance in keeping the alumni group together. Sadly, Ah Nee Leong passed away about two months later. Another special attendee was 94-year-old Katherine Cockburn-Tyson, who graduated from the School in 1942. She worked for Governor John Burns doing community organizing in Waimanalo and at Mayor Wright Housing among other things. Everyone had fun playing Social Work Jeopardy and visiting with faculty, fellow alum and past colleagues, many of whom had not seen each other in years. There were also many door prizes, thanks to generous donors. The reunions promote fellowship among members and encourage others to join the organization. (To join, click onto http://uhalumni.org/s/1220/start.aspx - remember to note the School of Social Work as your primary affiliation).

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Sally Lampson Kanehe – A History of Giving and Service

Since October, 2010, UH Founders Club member Sally Lampson Kanehe has donated $65K to the School. Her interests lie in global social work and indigenous issues. Her donations of late are dedicated to the Hawaiian Learning Program, Hā Kāpuna – National Resource Center for Native Hawaiian Elders, and a fund to support students who are interested in learning experiences abroad. She has also supported a discretionary fund expressing her full support for interim dean Dr. Noreen Mokuau.

Several years ago when the idea of international relationships and educational exchanges was being discussed, Lampson was the first to step up. She created a fund to seed initiatives and attended the meetings that eventually culminated in the formalization of the International Affairs Committee.

Lampson Kanehe graduated from the School in 1977. Her service to the University of Hawai'i has been extensive. She has endowed four scholarships for the School of Social Work. They include: 1) The Sally Kanehe Lampson Endowed Scholarship to assist graduate students in recognition of the pervasive social problems that result from colonialism and culturally repressive forces in Hawai'i and the Pacific Region. In giving this, she said, "it is hoped that the research supported by this fund will encourage the exploration of culturally sensitive social services to address these problems."; 2) The Jensen Lampson Memorial Scholarship to assist doctoral students; 3) The Fred Markham-Lampson Endowed Scholarship to assist undergraduate students in the BSW program who intend to continue their studies in MSW program; and 4) scholarship monies to assist students in the distance education delivery option of the MSW program.

Having given nearly $380K to the University, she has been inducted into the UH Founder's Club. She said she donated primarily to the School of Social Work because "we are a profession of compassionate, contributing people who serve our most needful and deserving citizens." When asked why she gives, Kanehe said, "I have been seeing my way around this University since 1962. Over time, the UH has kept me invigorated, both as a student and instructor. I have had my soul in many content areas but I always come back to social work." Her generosity extends beyond just providing money. She has hosted visiting scholars from China and Thailand, allowing them to live with her while in Hawai'i. She has also allowed new faculty to live in her home while they were house-hunting.

Perhaps one of Kanehe's greatest gifts is her ability to bring the community to the University. In 2004, she founded the Alumni and Friends of the School of Social Work Speaker's Forum, open to the public. The forums included Paul "Doc" Berry on "Challenges to the Limits of Growth," Dr. Morris Saldov on "Policy-Driven Child Abandonment in China," Alexander and Jane Nakatani on "Honor Thy Children," Michael Cheang on "Secrets of Successful Aging," and Roland Halpern on "Compassion in Dying." One year, Kanehe sponsored a play on the elderly that was well attended by the community, held at the Korean Studies Auditorium. The School has continued this initiative with "brown bag" presentations by scholars from all over the world.

In 2006, when the School held the five-day international conference, "Indigenous Voices in Social Work: Not Lost in Translation," Kanehe was a major sponsor, along with OHA, QLCC, and other large organizations. Her sponsorship provided scholarships for community members. An offshoot of the conference is an indigenous on-line journal, endowed by Kanehe. In the flagship journal, the editors wrote:

Le`a Publications was established in 2007 under the auspices of the Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work at the University of Hawai`i, Mānoa. The foundation of Le`a Publications, inclusive of this book series and Journal, was established through a gift from Ms. Sally Lampson Kanehe, a graduate of the School and the University. Her passion for the creation and dissemination of knowledge found expression in Le`a Publications. The name Le`a, meaning "completely successful, delightful and pleased" as defined in the Hawaiian language, is also the name given to one of her daughters. As the editors of the Le`a Publications Book series, we express our appreciation of and privilege to fulfill the vision set forth for this book series and in so doing introduce this first volume.

At a time when the Alumni and Friends of the School of Social Work chapter was faltering due to low membership, Kanehe became president where she served for many years. Her tireless focus, leadership and willingness to continue serving have resulted in an alumni group that has been infused with new members (including students) and continues to grow. They recently held their second well-attended reunion. The chapter also raised enough money to endow a scholarship. Every year, the chapter helps with the student convocations. The presidency has been passed on; however, Kanehe continues to serve on the board, attends every meeting, and provides valuable perspective and mentoring. She also serves on the dean's Board of Advisors.

Kanehe's love for the School is evident in her service, the support she has given to countless students, the ideas she has helped bring to fruition with her financial support, and her ability to collaborate with the faculty such that her vision merges with the School's direction. Her values and the activities she supports exemplify what social work is about. Our appreciation for her cannot be adequately expressed.

Story and photo by Jackie Graessle


Photo r to l: Peter Mataira, Jen Kishida, Paula Morelli, Lana Ka`opua, Eddie Wong, Pam Arnsberger, Jing Guo, and doctoral student Sharima Abbas.
The School Bids AlohaʻOe to Dr. Eddie Wong

The Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work sends a warm and appreciative farewell to beloved faculty member Dr. Eddie Wong who is retiring at the end of 2010. Eddie, as we affectionately call him, has been with the School since 1988, teaching countless students in research methods. He has been an integral part of the PhD Program, serving on the committee, teaching, and mentoring the majority of our students since the program's inception in 1991. Our heart-felt wishes go out to him and his family for a well-deserved retirement.

Photo: Dr. Ka`opua third from left, PhD student Suresh Tamang far right with health concentration students
Health Concentration Students Organize Soap Drive for Haiti

After reading the inspirational 'Mountains Beyond Mountains' the true story of Dr. Paul Farmer who worked against many odds to alleviate health disparities in Haiti, health concentration students, led by social work PhD student Suresh Tamang, organized a massive, university-wide soap drive for Haiti, one of the poorest countries in the world. Their efforts resulted in over 700 bars of soap being collected. Haiti's situation has recently worsened due to natural disasters that have resulted in an epidemic of cholera. As of early December more than 1,100 people have died from this disease and another 20,000 have fallen ill. Médecins Sans Frontières says it is seeing over 1,000 new cases per day across the country. Soap can help prevent the spread of cholera. Just washing one's hands and food can save lives and prevent decontamination. Tamang was also featured in Ka Lamakua. You may read about this online at http://www.kalamakua.org/2010/12/seeking-soap-for-haiti.html

The health concentration is chaired by Dr. Lana Ka`opua.




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School of Social Work Faculty, Students, and Alumni
Participate in the 2010 XVIII International Congress on Child
Abuse and Neglect, One World, One Family, Many Cultures in September, 2010

The International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN), founded in 1977, is a multidisciplinary international organization whose mission it is to support individuals and organizations working to protect children from abuse and neglect worldwide. Members from nearly 180 countries represent every key professional group involved in shaping the response to child abuse and neglect at both the country and international levels. They include social workers, physicians, psychiatrists, nurses, the criminal justice system, clergy, and many other professionals. The conference travels to each place one time only, making each a once-in-a-lifetime event. It is attended by people from Hanapēpē to Holland.

In order to make this a successful conference, a local organizing committee was formed, consisting of over 20 Hawai'i social service entities, one of which was the Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work. Faculty members Kai Duponte, Sharon Simms, and Alumni and Friends (AFSSW) President Jennifer Cilfone were instrumental in helping with the planning and logistics. Drs. Crystal Mills (MSW chair) and Interim Dean Noreen Mokuau formed part of the scientific committee that screened abstracts. The School was present in many other areas as well.
  • The keynote speaker, introduced by Dr. Noreen Mokuau, was Nainoa Thompson, son of the School's namesake. Among many other things, Thompson is the Executive Director of the Polynesian Voyaging Society and master navigator of the Hōkūleʻa, a Kamehameha Schools trustee, and one of the School's board members. His talk was entitled "Hawaiian Voyaging and the Vital Role of Family Values."
  • Drs. Fenfang Li, Pamela Arnsberger, and Meripa Godinet gave a presentation entitled "Protective Factors for Children in Families at Risk of Maltreatment: Follow Up to Early School Years.
  • Dr. Meripa Godinet, and Tammy Martin, MSW gave a presentation entitled "A Cultural Approach to Engagement for Child Welfare Service Professionals. "
  • Alumni and Friends Director Sally Lampson Kanehe purchased the School's exhibit table where Le`a Publication's first book Multiethnicity & Multiethnic Families: Development, Identity and Resilience was on sale. Kanehe is the benefactress of Le`a Publications, an on-line journal devoted to indigenous research. (Log onto http://www.hawaii.edu/sswork/jivsw/ for more information.) A special mahalo goes out to social work student Atta Kaleopa for his help in setting up and monitoring the table.
  • The conference ended with Tammy Martin performing a closing mele.
The next conference will be held in Istanbul, Turkey in 2012. For more information, log onto www.ispcan2012.org.




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BSW Organization Koala Moa Fundraiser

On Saturday, October 23, 2010, the BSW Organization held a fund-raiser selling Koala Moa chicken. BSW alum, officers, student services coordinator Mari Ono, and the chair of the program, Nathan Chang, roasted and processed over 700 chickens. A huge mahalo goes out to all of those who purchased tickets to make this fundraiser such a success.





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UH Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work Plays Key Role in a Landmark Study on the Disparate Treatment of Native Hawaiians in the Criminal Justice System

The idea for this research project germinated at the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA). From there, it grew into a collaborative research project supported by the State of Hawaii (House Concurrent Resolution 27, 25th Legislature, 2009). The study focused on two key questions:
  1. Is there disparate treatment of Native Hawaiians in the criminal justice system?
  2. If so, why and what is the human impact on Native Hawaiians, their families, and communities?
According to OHA, the study was a culmination of nearly three years of data collection, analysis, and remarkable partnerships.  In particular, OHA acknowledged Lana Sue Kaopua of the UH Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work, Amanda Petteruti of the Justice Policy Institute, James Spencer of the UH Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Kristin Henning of Georgetown University Law School, and Justin Levinson and Virginia Hench of the UH William S. Richardson School of Law for their expertise in subject matters and their research skills.  Nalani Takushi, a SSW alum, oversaw the project for OHA, and Dr. Noreen Mokuau, Interim Dean of the MBTSSW served as a member of the community advisory committee that helped guide the process.

The researchers used multiple methods, including an analysis of data from the Hawai‘i  Criminal Justice Data Center and interviews with those directly involved in the criminal justice system. Community-based participatory approaches were used across the research trajectory.  Social workers played a leading role in this study. 

OHA noted that the study could not have been done without the cooperation of many government agencies.  In particular, they acknowledged Lianne Moriyama of the Hawai‘i Criminal Justice Data Center, Max Otani (a SSW alum) of the Hawai‘i Paroling Authority, and Janice Yamada (a SSW alum) of the Adult Client Services Branch (Hawai‘i State Judiciary).  Also acknowledged were representatives Will Espero and Faye Hanohano of the Hawai‘i State Legislature as well as the Honolulu Police Department.  The largest mahalo, however, went out to the participants who shared their experiences with the justice system for this project.  “Their leo (voice) and manao (thoughts) [were] critical to understanding the human and social impact of the criminal justice system.”

The study confirmed that when a Native Hawaiian enters the system, they serve more time in prison and more time on probation than all other ethnic and racial groups included in the study. Interviews with former paahao (inmates), family members, treatment providers, correctional personnel, and community advocates/volunteers document the cycle of imprisonment and social marginalization of Native Hawaiians that is perpetuated across generations as a result of their contact with the system. Findings offer critical implications for policy and program interventions.

Full copies of the report and the executive summary may be downloaded free of charge from the website of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs at: www.oha.org/disparatetreatment





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Brown Bag Presentation by Alum Daisuke Onuki, MSW


Twenty five years ago, Daisuke Onuki arrived at the School of Social Work from Japan feeling alone and intimidated.  English was his second language and he knew no one.  One of his practicum experiences was in the community of Waianae working with Native Hawaiian families.  It was here that he became interested in community organizing.  His education at the School had transformed him so much that, upon graduation, he was at a loss for what to do.  “At the time, I couldn’t return to Japan. I had changed so much I felt I no longer fit in.

A friend told him of a wealthy benefactor who was paying young people to spend a year in South America and he immediately responded. One of the first places he visited was Brazil.  He was moved to action when he visited a favela (slum) in Sao Paulo where the poverty was unlike anything he had ever seen.  AIDS was rampant and maternal and child health were very poor.  He spent the next 15 years community organizing in two major favelas in Brazil. His foci included AIDS prevention, the promotion of natural childbirth (the rate of cesarean births was over 50 percent) and breast feeding to promote maternal bonding and health.  He also brokered collaborations between Brazil and Japan in health and education related projects.

Since his return to Japan five years ago, Onuki, an associate professor at the Tokai University Department of International Studies, has been teaching international development.  He also coordinates an online teacher’s licensing course in Portuguese for teachers and community educators who work with Brazilian children in Japan.  This came out of his observation that Brazilian children were not faring well in Japanese schools and were falling through the cracks. “My children are Brazilian. I felt I had to do something.” A quarter million Brazilians live in Japan.  They are the third largest foreign population after Chinese and Koreans. 

After 22 years, Onuki returned to Hawai‘i and visited the School where his presentation and photographic slide show inspired faculty and students.  He said that when he arrived on campus and smelled the plumeria flowers, he was transported back in time.  He acknowledged the School for providing him with the education he needed to do the work he loves and said that his experiences in Wai`anae never left him. 

Story and photos by Jackie Graessle

Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work gains national reaffirmation of accreditation until 2018

The Council on Social Work Education's Commission on Accreditation has voted to reaffirm UH Mānoa's Myron B. Thompson's School of Social Work accreditation for the maximum eight yearsending in June 2018. Reaffirmation applies to both the school's bachelor of social work (BSW) andmaster of social work (MSW) degree programs.

In their assessment, site visitors concluded that the school's programs were fundamentally sound and had strong community connections. Programs had developed effective collaborations with units and disciplines across campus, and school leadership was respected by community leaders, state lawmakers, faculty and staff. In addition, there was a recognized commitment to the school's work, including a focus on indigenization—providing an exemplary model for UH Mānoa Chancellor Virginia Hinshaw's vision of the Mānoa campus being a Hawaiian place of learning. Moreover, the distance education delivery option was deemed exemplary in organization and structure, and international programs and goals were evaluated as directed and substantive.

The mission of UH Mānoa's Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work is to contribute to the advancement of social work practice in its many forms for the purpose of preventing or resolving the most critical social problems. Within this general purpose, the school reaffirms social work's historic commitment to increase social justice and availability of opportunity for underrepresented and oppressed groups.
The Journal of Indigenous Voices in Social Work


Journal of Indigenous Voices
The Journal of Indigenous Voices in Social Work

The Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work is pleased to announce the online publication of the first issue of The Journal of Indigenous Voices in Social Work (JIVSW). This issue includes papers presented at the conference entitled "Indigenous Voices in Social Work: Not Lost in Translation," which was held at the Mākaha Resort in 2007 and was sponsored by the UHM Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work (MBTSSW).

JIVSW is a biannual peer-reviewed journal published exclusively in open-access electronic form. This free journal is dedicated to improving social work practice and expanding knowledge relevant to indigenous peoples and the communities in which they live.

JIVSW welcomes manuscripts which reflect indigenous social issues.

The publication of the journal was made possible by alum Sally Lampson Kanehe, MSW, whose gift created Le`a Publications, a publishing project under the auspices of MBTSSW. The first of the book series, entitled Multiethnicity & Multiethnic Families has just been published.

Please visit the Journal of Indigenous Voices in Social Work for additional information about the journal and for submission guidelines.
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