Pacific Island Studies




Administrative Assistants


Academic Advisor


Associate Professor

  • Wesley, Hiagi M., Pacific Island Studies (2006) M.Ed. in Educational Administration 1977, Brigham Young University; Ed.D. 1987, Brigham Young University.


Affiliated Faculty Members:

  • Falevai, Zoia (2015) B.A. 2004, Brigham Young University-Hawaii; M.L.I.Sc 2013, University of Hawaii-Manoa.
  • Ram, Rosalind Meno (1994) B.A. 1989, Brigham Young University–Hawaii; M.L.S. 1993, University of Hawaii at Manoa.; Ed.D. 2017, University of Southern California.


Special Instructors

  • Galea'i, Shannon; Pacific Island Studies, B.A. 2001, Brigham Young University-Hawaii.
  • Ika, Freddie; Pacific Island Studies, B.S.W. 2011, Brigham Young University-Hawaii; M.S.W. 2012, Hawaii Pacific University.
  • Pere, Jared; Pacific Island Studies, AutoCAD Training 1991, Kapiolani Community College; AutoCAD Training 1992, Honolulu Community College.

Programs Descriptions

Pacific Islands Studies is an interdisciplinary major. It focuses on current issues of the lands and peoples of the Pacific Islands region. It offers students the opportunity to learn skills in critical thinking, oral presentation and research writing while understanding the Pacific Islands in both a regional and global setting. Students of Pacific Islands Studies are able to continue graduate study or enter the work force in a variety of areas, where an intimate knowledge of Pacific issues can be an advantage. This is especially enhanced when the student takes a minor in another discipline.

Programs and Degrees

  • B.A. in Pacific Island Studies
  • Pacific Island Studies Minor

Programs Outcomes

Upon completing a major in Pacific Islands Studies, students will:

  • Demonstrate greater awareness, understanding, and appreciation of Hawaiʻi and the Pacific Islands in relationship to the wider and sometimes more complicated global community.
  • Learn skills in research, writing, critical thinking, listening and retention to assist in problem solving.
  • Work towards full competency in speaking, reading, writing, and doing research in the Hawaiian Language plus service to the community.
  • Enter graduate school or find employment within one year of graduation.
  • Complete a successful, integrative internship and under supervision, function within the structure of organizations and service delivery systems, and seek necessary organizational change (for students completing a major in Pacific Island Studies).