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Policing and Society

New PUBA Faculty Publication

Publication TitleLGBTQ+ Officers in US Federal Service: An Examination of Workplace Inclusion and Experiencing Sex-Based Discrimination Author(s)Helen H. Yu and David Lee (current and former faculty respectively) Date of publicationOct 13, 2023 AbstractWorkplace …
Chetsada Changmai

Student Bio – Chetsada Changmai

Chet is a second year MPA student, and is PASO’s co-Vice President!! Why did you choose PUBA? I chose UHM’s PUBA program because I have heard that it has a strong connection with …

PUBA in the Community – Helen Yu, NASPAA

Our Graduate Chair, Dr. Helen H. Yu, was recently selected to serve a 3-year term (Oct 2023-Sep 2026) as a member of the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA) …
Ecosystem restoration efforts.

PASO Event Reflection – Maunalua Bay 

On September 17th, a handful of PASO’s incoming officers and their faculty advisor, Dr. Chaiko Hung, joined PUBA alumnus Yvonne Yoro to volunteer for Mālama Maunalua. Mālama Maunalua works to restore Hawaiʻi’s marine …
Andrew Phomsouvanh

Student Bio – Andrew Phomsouvanh

Andrew is a second-year MPA student and is PASO’s newest communications officer! Why did you choose PUBA? I chose PUBA at UHM to develop expertise in government-public relations and managing the intersectionality of …
Jordyn Ryan

Student Bio – Jordyn Ryan

As the fall semester begins, we would like to introduce our new graduate assistant, Jordyn Ryan. Jordyn is a second year MPA student, and this may be a secondary introduction for those who …
Brendan Kinoshita

Alumni Spotlight – Brendan Kinoshita

Fall ‘17 Alumnus Advances to Prominent Role in the Department of the Attorney General. The Public Administration Department has fantastic news to share. Our PUBA alumnus, Brendan Kinoshita, has been appointed as the …
Client Change Adaptation Needs and Priorities in Palau

Insightful Publication from MPA Graduates ‘23

Our Spring 2023 Graduates had their capstone project published for the Center of Excellence Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance through the ARIS Academic Partnership Program.
Climate Change Priorities in the Republic of the Marshall Islands: The Fight against Climate Disruption

MPA Graduates Co-Author Impactful Capstone Publication

The capstone project for our MPA graduates last fall has been accepted for publication in LIAISON, the magazine of INDOPACOM’s Center for Excellence in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance (CFE-DM).
Public Administration Student Organization (PASO) at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.

PASO – An Exciting Year in Review

In Fall 2022, a new team of Public Administration Student Organization (PASO) officers Sharon Baillie (President), Melanie Martin (Vice President), Jared Kawatani (Treasurer), Tristan Bones (Secretary) and Moises Ayala (Student Liaison) gathered to …
Moises Ayala

Student Bio – Moises Ayala

Why did you choose PUBA? My career as a military service member influenced me to seek a deeper understanding of public service. I specifically selected this program because of the PUBA team’s responsiveness …
Sharon Baillie

Student Bio – Sharon Baillie

Why did you choose PUBA? I was looking to grow my understanding of public service and develop my leadership skills. I had several great conversations with Jaret, the prior Program Manager of PUBA …
Rachele Lamosao

Alumni Spotlight – Rachele Lamosao

How has your MPA helped you? My MPA has been integral in supporting my professional growth and development throughout my career pathway. The MPA program provided me with the necessary knowledge, information, and …

Alumni Spotlight – Kenika Lorenzo-Elarco

How has your MPA helped you? My MPA has proven to be an invaluable asset in both my education and my career. The Public Administration program provided me with a wide-ranging set of …
The Dick Pratt Endowed Scholarship

News from the Scholarship Committee

Today, more than ever, effective, forward-looking public service matters. The Dick Pratt Endowed Scholarship seeks to help build the future of public service in Hawaiʻi and the Asia-Pacific. The Scholarship is named after …