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Executive Director:

Dr. Douglas Herman ('O Lanakila)

Chief Financial Officer:

Dawn Niederhauser

Board of Directors:

  • Director: M. Kalani Souza (Kanaka Maoli), Olohana Foundation

  • Dr. Failautusi Avegalio, Jr, (Samoan), Director, Pacific Business Center Program, University of Hawai‘i at Manoa

  • Dr. Lynette Hi‘ilani Cruz (Kanaka Maoli), Professor of Anthropology, Hawai‘i Pacific University

  • Sharon S. Nelson-Barber, EdD (Rappahannock), Senior Program Director, Culture & Language in Education, WestEd

  • Dr. Chie Sakakibara (Ryukyuan), Assistant Professor, Environmental Studies, Oberlin College

  • Puanani Rogers (Native Hawaiian), President, Hui Aloha ‘Āina o nā Wāhine o Wai‘ale‘ale Women’s Patriotic League.


Past Contributors:

  • Dr. Frank Karpiel: Humanities Advisor

  • Dr. Charles Langlas, University of Hawai‘i at Hilo: Oral History Advisor

  • Dr. Jennifer Ballengee, Towson University: Text and Content Editor

  • Peter Fendrick, Woodbourne Solutions: Web Design Consultant

  • Mary Frances Higuchi, Hawai‘i Geographic Alliance: Curriculum Project (Hawai‘i)

  • Letitia Hickson, Center for Pacific Island Studies: Curriculum Project (Pacific Islands)

  • Dr. Emily Hawkins, University of Hawai‘i: Hawaiian Language advisor

  • Dr. Carlos Andrade, University of Hawai‘i: Humanities Scholar

  • Mary Louise Healy, Towson University: Grant administrator

  • Ellen Libao and Leena Davé, Towson University: Financial management

  • Dr. Vivian Blaxell: Editorial Consultant


In addition, each community website is overseen by members of the local government and educational institutions, usually drawing on the indigenous Department/Ministry of Education, Cultural Affairs/Historical Preservation Office, the local Museum, and other experts and keepers of culture. Specific staff for each community website are also engaged. See the Credits page of each community website for a complete list of all involved in its production.

Finally, this project is overseen both in parts and as a whole by our gracious sponsors.

This project is largely a community effort and welcomes input and feedback. If you have any questions about the arrangement of this site, or have suggestions on improving its user-friendliness, contact the project at webmaster@pacificworlds.com.

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