Education for Public Service

Welcome to the University of Hawaiʻi Public Administration Program (PUBA), an innovative graduate-level program dedicated to the enhancement of public service and institutions.

Since 1984, our program has been committed to:

  • Increasing leadership resources in Hawaiʻi, the U.S., and the Asia-Pacific region.
  • Building organizational and community collaborations for creative problem-solving.
  • Nurturing connections between participants and a network of change agents.

What do people in public service need to know to be effective in their work?

Our program is built around this essential question. To answer it, we:

  • Bring together participants from a rich variety of backgrounds to share experiences.
  • Use collaborative teaching to view issues from different perspectives.
  • Emphasize active engagement in classes.
  • Continuously apply theory to practice.

NASPAA accredited MPA with concentrations in public service leadership and nonprofit management.

PUBA will host the Public Management Research Conference in 2020.
June 25-27, 2020, Honolulu, Hawaiʻi

Congratulations to Dr. David Lee on the publication of his article, “Is Need Enough? The Determinants of Intergovernmental Grants to Local Homeless Programs,” featured in Journal of Urban Affairs.

Is need enough? The determinants of intergovernmental grants to local homeless programs

(2019). Is need enough? The determinants of intergovernmental grants to local homeless programs. Journal of Urban Affairs. Ahead of Print.

The ability to explain a complex idea in a short and memorable way can get you jobs, funding, and more opportunities.

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Can you explain your idea in one sentence?

So proud to be among the Founders, Board Members, and Senior Advisors of Women in Federal Law Enforcement (WIFLE) Inc. during the 20th Annual WIFLE Leadership Training Conference. #IAMWIFLE #WEAREWIFLE

Will the return of robust investment in the voluntary carbon market, as proposed by Indigo Ag, speed up the adoption of climate friendly agricultural practices in the U. S. and internationally?

Will Indigo Ag’s New Private Carbon Market Pay Off for Farmers? | Civil Eats

The company has raised millions to help farmers sequester a trillion tons of carbon in the soil. A California carbon farming advocate weighs in.

People perform better when they have a purpose. What are you doing to make sure your team knows theirs?

How to Help Your Team Find Their Higher Purpose

It leads to engagement and a sense of meaning.

Don’t count on your company to develop your career. Smart professionals know they need to take a DIY approach to managing their own success.

6 Ways to Take Control of Your Career Development If Your Company Doesn’t Care About It

It’s the DIY era of learning.