Frances Davis Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching
Davis Award Winner
Hoomanawanui has taught more than a thousand students over the past five years, in courses that connect Pacific literature with other indigenous and classical narratives.
She was born in Kailua and raised both there and in Wailua Homesteads on Kauai. Hoomanawanui is not only a teacher and scholar, but also an artist who is a highly respected community leader in Hawaiian literature, culture and politics.
She is the editor of Oiwi: A Native Hawaiian Journal, which creates opportunities for never before published writers, scholars, activists and youth.
The Frances Davis Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching recognizes dedication and demonstrated excellence as teachers of undergraduate students. It was established as a memorial to the late Frances Davis, who taught mathematics at Leeward Community College and UH Manoa for 19 years.