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Research Collaborations

In order to expand the foundation of knowledge and data that informs our pathway to Vision 2040 of a thriving lāhui, Strategy & Transformation Group engages in research collaborations that support community-grounded, Native Hawaiian research.

Current studies explore the area of Native Hawaiian Well-being Through Collective Transformation to help deepen the understanding about the well-being of the Native Hawaiian community in both the individual and collective contexts. Please email strategy.innovation@ksbe.edu for more information.


A Collection of Community-driven Research Studies

Determining the Health Impacts of ‘Āina-based Programs

Dr. Ruben Juarez
Department of Economics, UH-Mānoa
Dr. Alika Maunakea
Department of Native Hawaiian Health John A. Burns Schools of Medicine, UH-Mānoa

WHAT
A collaborative research effort to better understand the impact of ʻāina-based programs on the health and wellness of youth and their social networks.

ISSUE
Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities continue to face high prevalence of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and metabolic syndrome, all of which are influenced by their social networks.

SIGNIFICANCE
The link between social networks is increasingly being examined and this study offers an opportunity to do so through community-led ʻāina-based programs.


Building a Native Hawaiian Dietetic Workforce for the Health and Well-being of the Lāhui

Dr. Marie Kainoa Fialkowski Revilla
Department of Human Nutrition, Food and Animal Sciences, UH-Mānoa
Dr. Monica Esquivel
Department of Human Nutrition, Food and Animal Sciences, UH-Mānoa
Dr. M'Randa Sandlin
Public Issues Education-Hawaii, UH-Mānoa

WHAT
A research study to identify successful post- secondary pathways of support for Native Hawaiian students interested in the dietetic field.

ISSUE
The Native Hawaiian community continues to suffer from lifestyle- related conditions while Native Hawaiians are underrepresented in the fields of dietetics.

SIGNIFICANCE
More Native Hawaiian dieticians and nutritionists could help to mitigate the disproportionate rates of diabetes, obesity, and other lifestyle-related conditions among Native Hawaiians.


Imi Na‘auao: Hawaiian Knowing and Well-being

WHAT
A collaborative and cultural research effort with UH West Oʻahu and Waiʻanae farms and ʻāina-based projects to explore the impact and vitality of cultural restoration and culturally-centered economic development on Hawaiian well-being.

ISSUE
The commodification of land, food, and time in Hawaiʻi altered all cultural landscapes that have led to decreased access to ʻāina and fresh food options, negatively impacting Native Hawaiian wellbeing and knowledge.

SIGNIFICANCE
This study will provide evidence of what a Living Economy can be, promote subsistent, collaborative, creative, and cultural food practices, and access to ʻāina to improve the health of our lāhui.


Ho‘ōla Lāhui: Investigating the Social Conditions of Teen Pregnancy Among Native Hawaiians

Dr. Maile Taualii
Office of Public Health Studies, UH-Mānoa

WHAT
A research study to better understand the reasons teens choose or unintentionally get pregnant and the factors that lead them to avoid pregnancy.

ISSUE
The narrative around teen pregnancy has largely focused on pregnancies being "unintended", which may not be the case for many Native Hawaiian youth, who may choose to become teen parents.

SIGNIFICANCE
By increasing understanding, more appropriate and effective interventions and programs can be implemented.


Ho‘oulu Kumu, Ho‘oulu Lāhui

Dr. Makalapua Alencastre
UH-Hilo
Dr. Walter Kahumoku
UH-West O‘ahu

WHAT
A research study that seeks to understand the factors that influence Native Hawaiians and their choice to teach in Hawaiʻi public schools and, more specifically, be culture-based educators.

ISSUE
Hawaiʻi has a history of low teacher retention rates and a low representation of Native Hawaiian teachers in the public school system.

SIGNIFICANCE
Research has shown that students achieve higher academic success in courses taught by individuals of the same ethnic background.

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