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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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Dean Sponsors Holiday Party for Faculty and Staff

On December 10, 2010, Noreen Mokuau generously sponsored a pizza party for faculty and staff that ushered in the spirit of the holidays at the School. Nearly everyone attended, including many project faculty that work off-campus. As the photos indicate, it was a time to socialize, have fun, and enjoy the ono food provided by the dean.




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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 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





Faculty members Kai Duponte, Meripa Godinet and Peter Mataira with Cindy Kiro wearing the orange lei.
Cindy Kiro Speaks About Children and Families in Aotearoa


On May 10, 2010, the School was pleased to host associate professor Cindy Kiro, Head of the School of Public Policy, Massey University, Aotearoa New Zealand. Dr. Kiro shared her experiences as the government appointed Commissioner for Children (2003-2009) in Aotearoa. She spoke passionately about the lessons she learned and great need to shift from a welfare system to rights-based system in working with children and families. Dr. Kiro also spoke about the need for early intervention for special needs, high-risk families and the importance of families, agencies, and communities working together to achieve better results.

Prior to serving as commissioner Kiro was a senior lecturer in the School of Social Policy and Social Work at Massey University, Albany, Auckland. She holds a PhD in health policy, a master's degree in business administration and an undergraduate social science degree. She is a member of the International Standards Council on Child Rights and Development and has been a keynote speaker at many international conferences such as the ISPCAN in Hong Kong in 2008, the International Meeting on the Sexual Exploitation of Children and Young People in Brazil, and more recently, the International Conference on Child Rights in Practice by ICRD in British Columbia. Kiro is of Maori descent and deeply committed to indigenous child welfare issues.







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Congratulations and Farewell to Dean Jon Matsuoka


On July 17, 2010, the dean's assistant held a gathering at her home in Kahalu`u to celebrate the dean's selection as President and CEO of the Consuelo Foundation and to wish him a fond farewell. The following are select photos from the evening. View the entire album.



Back Row l to r: Palama Lee, Kanoe Enos, Kamilehua Kim, Mahealani Ah Sing, Emily Makahi. Middle Row l to r: Dolly Tatofi, Rachel Kekaula, Nicole Fernandez, Uncle Likeke Paglinawan, Auntie Lynette Paglinawan, Kumu Malina Kaulukukui, TR Ireland, Kerri Kahapea-Aquino, Front Row l to r: Angela Santiago, Kelly Ann Beppu, Haley Mishina in front of the old Pau Hana Inn on Moloka`i
2009/2010 Native Hawaiian Learning Project


Revived and overseen by Auntie Lynette and Uncle Likeke Paglinawan, this Project helps Native Hawaiian students rediscover and take pride in their own culture so that they are able to pass on this knowledge.  Projects this year included a peace warrior course designed to provide adolescents with skills to manage conflict and a trip to Moloka`i's Halawa Valley where students lived in and worked the lo`i, reconnected to the `aina and rediscovered the importance of maintaining a sense of place. 

The students gave a special acknowledgement to Uncle Pilipo Soletorio of Moloka`i, who provided cultural immersion, education, and generous hospitality.
MBTSSW Signs MOU with China Civil Affairs College


L to r: School. of Social Work assistant professor Jing Guo, Kunsheng Jiang, UH Chancellor Virginia Hinshaw, Jon K. Matsuoka, and UH Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Reed Dasenbrock at the signing.
MBTSSW Signs MOU with China Civil Affairs College

Jon K. Matsuoka, Dean of the Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa and Kunsheng Jiang, President of the China Civil Affairs, College of the Ministry of Civil Affairs in Bejing, China, recently entered into a memorandum of understanding aimed at creating opportunities between the two institutions including joint research, training, and faculty and student exchanges. The Chinese college is aligned with the central government of China. In the last 12 years, China has established over 300 social work education programs in order to produce a workforce to address growing social concerns.
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.
Board of Advisors Chair Awarded Honorary Doctorate


L to r: Dr. Jon K. Matsuoka, UH President Dr. M.R.C. Greenwood, Dr. Maya Soetoro-Ng (who gave the commencement speech), Dr. Patti Lyons, and Manoa Chancellor Dr. Virginia Hinshaw
Board of Advisors Chair Awarded Honorary Doctorate

On May 15, 2010, Patti Lyons was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters. UH Mānoa Chancellor Virginia Hinshaw recognized Lyons for her outstanding contributions in the field of social work, especially in the prevention and treatment of child neglect and abuse. As president and CEO of Child and Family Services, Lyons pushed the Legislature to recognize abuse as a significant social, psychological and community problem. Her advocacy and efforts prompted the Legislature to pass several child protective laws that have now become a standard of commitment to the well being of Hawaii's children.

She built a foundation of support leading to the adoption of Hawaii's Healthy Start, which is now an internationally recognized program dedicated to identifying at-risk children at the time of birth so as to provide the support and resources needed to increase positive parenting skills. On the international front, she has focused child poverty in the Philippines. Dr. Lyons was instrumental in the establishment of the Consuelo Foundation which serves women and children in the Philippines and Hawai'i.
2010 Convocation


Left to right: Jon Matsuoka, Nainoa Thompson
2010 Convocation

On May 13, 2010, the School of Social Work held the largest convocation in its history. It was attended by over 600 people and included an overflow room with large screens for extra guests. The keynote speaker was School board member and master navigator Nainoa Thompson of the Hōkūle`a Voyaging Society. Also in attendance were Thompson's wife Kathy Muneno and their infant twins, his mother Mrs. Laura Thompson, and the vice chancellor for academic affairs Reed Dasenbrock.

This particular event was made even more significant because it was the first graduating class of the distance education cohort from the neighbor islands (who were in attendance). Previous DE coordinator Marshall Smith, who assisted in admitting the first class, flew in from New York to see them graduate.
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Becoming the Change We Want to See


Left to right: MSW student Toney Kim (since graduated), community volunteer, and MSW student Daintry Bartoldus (since graduated) at the registration table.
Becoming the Change We Want to See

Submitted by MSW students Kelly Adler and Daintry Bartoldus with photos by Jade Retuta:
On Wednesday April 28, 2010, the inaugural Family Fun Health Fair was held at the Susannah Wesley Center. It was hosted by Micronesians United with assistance from the Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work Health Concentration students and their chair, Dr. Lana Ka`opua. The first of its kind, the fair provided a unique opportunity for the Micronesian community to gain useful information on nutrition, exercise, early detection screening, and many other health-related topics. Members of the Micronesian community offered food, entertainment, and displays of urohs (Chuukese skirts) and other traditional handicrafts.

The School and Micronesians United would like to express their gratitude to the following organizations for their generous assistance: the Aloha Habilitation Company; the Honolulu Community Action Program's Head Start; the Hansen's Disease Community Program; Hawaiian Electric Company; Hawai'i Stride; Hepatitis B & C: Pacific Island Survey; the Kalihi-Palama Health Center, Kama'aina Kids; The Life Foundation; the Medical-Legal Partnership for Children in Hawai'i; Parents and Children Together (PACT); the Hawai`i Parent Information Resource Center (HPIRC); The Queens Medical Center; REAL Teen Youth Movement; Hawai'i Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program; the Peace Warrior Project, and the Susannah Wesley Center.

Gandhi once said, "We must become the change we want to see." At the health fair, Micronesians United, many community organizations, and the School's health concentration MSW students became the change they wish to see in Hawai'i's communities.
AIDS Walk


Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work students, faculty and staff at the annual Life Foundation's AIDS Walk.
Students Present at the 7th Annual IVAT Conference


Kelly Anne Beppu, Jaclyn Kanilehua Kim, Emily Makahi, Lynette Paglinawan, Haley Mishina and Jennifer Mahealani Ah Sing
Students Present at the 7th Annual IVAT Conference

On March 31, 2010, MSW candidates Kelly Anne Beppu, Jaclyn Kanilehua Kim, Emily Makahi, Haley Mishina, all students in the School's Native Hawaiian Learning Program (along with MSW student Camille Rockett) presented a research paper at the Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma's (IVAT) 7th Annual Hawai'i conference. Their presentation was entitled, "A Pilot Research Project in Youth Non-Violence Peacemaking — The Peace Warrior Curriculum." This was the culmination of a year-long research project.

"Peace Warriors" is a pilot class that has been taught at the Hakipu'u Learning Center since spring 2009. It uses culture-based education to give adolescents the skills needed to manage conflict peacefully. The presentation showcased the viability of infusing Native Hawaiian culture and practices into school curriculum to encourage a life that includes non-violence, leadership, empathy and making positive life choices.
Micronesians United 1st Annual Family Fun Health Fair

Micronesians United Family Fun Fair
Micronesians United's
1st Annual Family Fun Health Fair: Donations Needed

Join us on Wednesday, Apr. 28, from 3 to 6 pm at the Susannah Wesley Commrunity Center in Kalihi for the 1st Annual Family Fun Fair presented by the Micronesian grassroots organization Micronesians United and its community partners. Health screenings and helpful information on many common health conditions will be provided free of chage (bi-lingual translators will be available). Micronesian community members will provide entertainment and women will model and see urohs (skirts) and other crafts.

Please help us with donated items for our raffle: Household cleaning products, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, other personal sundry items, soccer and footballs, other toys for teens and children, working sewing machines, fabric, thread, and other sewing materials. (Rrohs support self-sufficiency.)

Collection dates: April 12-27th

Donation drop-off: The Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work, Henke Hall #230.

Quesitons: Contact Daintry at 216-3199 or email: bartoldus@gmail.com

This event is led by Micronesians United with support from its partner organizations, including the Kalihi-Palama Health Center, Queen’s Medical Center, Susannah Wesley Community Center, and the UHM Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work Health Concentration. Download the flier to post.
In Memory of Richard "Dick" Kato

Richard Kato
Richard "Dick" Kato
In Memory of Richard "Dick" Kato

The School would like to express its condolences to the family of Richard "Dick" Kato, beloved lecturer and social worker, who passed away on March 28, 2010. Kato received his MSW from the School in 1967. His stellar career included both line work and administration in agencies such as the social services department at Kuakini Medical Center, the Family Court of the First Circuit, the Health and Community Services Council of Hawai‘i, Aloha United Way, DHS, the Kualoa-He‘eia Ecumenical Youth (KEY) Project, and Susannah Wesley Community Center. He supervised countless practicum students over the years. He lectured in the areas of practice and the history of social welfare until his retirement. He also formed lasting friendships with many faculty at the School. His absence has resonated throughout the School and social work community. Our warmest regards go out to his family.
Aloha to Alumnus Paul Southworth

Paul Southworth
Southworth at the 2009 Inaugural Alumni and Friends Reunion winning a door prize.
Aloha to Alumnus Paul Southworth

The School would like to send its deepest regrets to the family of Paul Southworth who passed away in March, 2010. Affectionately known as “Too Tall Paul” by the many friends he made during his tenure at the School, Southworth is remembered fondly for his humor, his involvement in the affairs of the School and community, and his unfailing willingness to help others. After graduating with his master of social work degree in 2005, he continued to remain involved with his alma mater as a member of the Alumni and Friends of the School of Social Work. He worked for the Life Foundation and also maintained a private practice. We send our heartfelt sympathy to his family and friends.
Faculty and students rally against senior hunger


March for Meals
Gerontology concentration chair Dr. Colette Browne (wearing hat) with daughter Taylor at the rally.
Faculty and students rally against senior hunger

On March 24, 2010, School faculty and students joined up with over 500 seniors and concerned citizens to march from Honolulu Hale to the Hawai`i State Capitol as part of the largest "March for Meals" to date. Organized by Lanakila Meals on Wheels and AARP (the American Association of Retired Persons), the demonstration was part of a national initiative to raise awareness of senior hunger and the growing need for resources. Visit our Facebook page for more photos.
Chair of School of Social Work’s Board of Advisors is Named a Living Treasure of Hawai‘i


Patti Lyons
Left to right: Patti Lyons and Jon Matsuoka
Chair of School of Social Work’s Board of Advisors Is Named a Living Treasure of Hawai‘i

On February 13, 2010, Patti Lyons, MSW was given the honor of being named a Living Treasure of Hawai‘i for her lifelong work in the area of child welfare. The Living Treasures award is a program instituted by the Honpa Honwanji Mission to recognize individuals for their significant contributions toward building a more humane society in our islands.

The group recognized Lyons as “a staunch advocate for the treatment and prevention of child abuse. Her steady perseverance helped to overcome a fierce status quo resistance and eventually prompted the state legislature to recognize child abuse as a significant social and psychological problem that affects the community at large. Ms. Lyons paved the way for what is now considered the standard protocol of protection for the wellbeing of our beloved keiki.”

Lyons joins an exclusive group of other Living Treasures that includes the likes of Mary Kawena Puku`i, Clorinda Lucas, Gabby Pahinui, Maxine Hong Kingston, Richard Lyman, Jr., Irmgard Aluli, Claude Du Teil, Don Ho, Vladimir Ossipoff, Nainoa Thompson (also on the School’s board), Rev. Mitsuo Aoki, Puanani Burgess (also on the School’s board), Amy Agbayani, to name just a few since the inception of the award in 1976.

Some of her contributions include being the former President and CEO of Child and Family Service; developing spouse abuse shelters and group homes for children; initiating Hawai‘i’s Healthy Start Program in the Philippines; becoming the inaugural President and CEO of Consuelo Foundation at the request of Consuelo Zobel Alger, its founder and benefactress; being the founder of Consuelo Foundation’s Ke Aka Ho`ona, a subdivision of 75 homes where underprivileged families could own their own homes with affordable mortgages provided they pledged to stay free of alcohol, drugs, and violence and give back to their communities; and chairing the Hawai‘i Family Support Institute and the Board of Advisors at the School of Social Work.

Her awards include the 2006 University of Hawai‘i School of Social Work Honoree Award, the 2004 Keeper of the Flame Award by Na Lo`io Immigrant Rights and Public Interest Legal Center, the 2004 Outstanding Community Leader and Advocate by the Senate of the State of Hawai‘i, the 2003 Award of Excellence by the Council on Accreditation for Children and Family Services, a 2002 Recognition by Philippine President Arroyo for the Innovative Out of School Youth Project funded by the World Bank, the 2000 Hawai‘i’s Outstanding Women Leader by the YWCA of O‘ahu Award, the 2000 Kaanib ng Bayan Award by Former Philippine President Ramos, the 2001 and the 1974 Social Worker of the Year Awards by the National Association of Social Work – Hawai‘i Chapter, the 1996 Peter F. Drucker Award for Nonprofit Innovation, and a 1974 Legislative Commendation for her work with abused and neglected children.
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 M?kaha 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.
Myron B. Thompson
School of Social Work
Brown Bag Presentation



Left to right: Spero Manson receiving a gift from dean Jon Matsuoka
Brown Bag Presentation on Mental Health Issues in Indigenous Communities
By Dr. Spero Manson


In December, 2009, the School had the pleasure of hosting Dr. Manson as he presented on the challenges and opportunities of working with indigenous communities in the area of mental health. The presentation was attended by University and community members as well as faculty and students.

Spero M. Manson, PhD (Pembina Chippewa) is a medical anthropologist and Distinguished Professor. He directs the Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health in the School of Public Health at the University of Colorado Denver’s Anschutz Medical Center. His programs include eight national centers, totaling $65 million in sponsored activities. These entail research, program development, and training among 110 Native communities, spanning rural, reservation, urban, and village settings.

He has published 160 articles on the assessment, epidemiology, treatment, and prevention of physical, alcohol, and drug abuse as well as mental health problems in these special populations. He is widely recognized as the foremost authority in the nation on American Indian and Alaska Native health, with special emphases on alcohol, substance abuse, and mental health.

A member of the Institute of Medicine, he has received numerous awards, including three Distinguished Service Awards from the HIS, the prestigious Rema Lapouse Mental Health Epidemiology Award from the APHA, two Distinguished Mentor Awards from the Gerontological Society of America, the Herbert W. Nickens Award from the Association of American Medical Colleges, the George Foster Award for Excellence from the Society for Medical Anthropology, the Health Disparities Excellence Award from the National Institutes of Health and his programs have been ranked among the 10 Best Telemedicine Programs in the USA by TeleHealth Magazine.
Alumni and Friends Inaugural Reunion


Alums Dana Apo, Eddie Mersereau, and Mike Esquibil at the reunion
Alumni and Friends Inaugural Reunion

On October 24, 2009, the Alumni and Friends of the School of Social Work held their inaugural reunion at a private room at Dave and Busters. Attendance was beyond expectations and included alum from as far back as the 1950s to the most recent graduates. The event was also open to current students and friends of the School. There were numerous door prizes and a few games. But for the most part folks took advantage of the opportunity to get reacquainted. Many had not seen each other in decades. During one portion, a number of social work Kupuna, some long since retired, entertained and inspired us with stories from their own stellar careers and left all of us with renewed pride in our profession.

Click onto the link to see more photos of the reunion!

Story and photos by Jackie Graessle
Ohana Day 2010

Ohana Day 2010


Ohana Day 2010 which was held on Saturday February 13th at Magic Island was a big success. Thank you to everyone who helped out and supported this wonderful event.
Social Workers from Korea Visit


Social Workers from Korea Visit the
Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work


In January, 2010, the School had the pleasure of hosting eight Korean social workers, sponsored by the Korean National Association of Social Workers, from Pusan, Korea. The focus of their visit was to learn about Native Hawaiian programs and indigenous healing methods and to learn about the opportunities and challenges faced by Korean immigrants.

Mahalo to Dennis Kauahi, MSW, Lynnette Paglinawan, MSW, Likeke Paglinawan, MSW, Pat Urief, MSW, and the staff at the Queen Lili`uokalani Children's Center for their presentations on Hawaiian protocol, values and social work methods, and to Dominic Inocelda, MSW and staff at the Suzannah Wesley Community Center for the wealth of information about Honolulu's Korean immigrant community.

The School looks forward to continued collaborations with the Korean National Association of Social Workers.
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