Public Administration Program




Kalbert Young,Vice President for Budget and Finance and Chief Financial Officer for the UH Manao system visits Dr. Susan Chandler's Policy Class.


Attorney Bill Kaneko spoke to Dr. Susan Chandler's policy class.


Dr. Chandler will speak at the Legislative Service Agency directors, which is the Western meeting of the Council of State Governments, Western region. 

Topics covered will be:

How to build trust in divisive environment
Dealing with challenges in a polarized environment
Dealing with difficult people that think you’re the enemy
How to stay above the fray and not buy into someone else’s narrative


PUBA Alums Reunite after more that 17 years!


Lionel Camera, Cat Sawai, Mike Medeiros, Akif Syed, Christy Martin


Our 2016 New student Convocation was August 20th


Ian Santee '04, Deputy Director, Honolulu Emergency Services, 2016 convocation speaker relates his experiences in PUBA and how his MPA helped him in his career


Professor Jeff Ady conducts a group activity with new PUBA MPA students


Convocation 2016


Convocation 2016


Congratulations 2016 MPA Graduates!


Graduation Day May 14, 2016


Graduation Day May 14, 2016

PUBA Graduation and awards event- May 13, 2016



PAA Oath


PAA Oath


Nonprofit Management Certificates





PUBA Capstone Poster Presentations- May 10, 2016
















Check out our Spring 2016 Newsletter:





The Public Budgeting class hosted guest speaker, Diane Arakaki, Chief Financial Officer of HART (Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transit).



PUBA 626 hosted guest speaker Nani Medeiros, Executive Director of Home Aid.  Home Aid is a collaborative of builders, developers and construction partners who help build and renovate places for homeless people.


PUBA Reunion, Celebrating 30 years!

PUBA held its Alumni Reunion on Saturday, October 3, 2015, 5:15 – 7:00 p.m. at 3660 on the Rise, 3660 Waialae Avenue in Kaimuki.
Guest speakers at the reunion were:
Jennifer Sabas, Honorary Co-Chair of the Daniel K. Inouye Center Planning and Design Committee and Executive Director of the Inouye Institute Fund;
Stanford Miyamoto, Class of 1994. Federal Security Director for the Pacific, Transportation Security Administration;
Ian Santee, Class of 2004. Deputy Director, Honolulu Emergency Services Department; and
Keona Mark, Class of 2008. Native Hawaiian Community Advocate.

More than than 600 students have graduated from PUBA since it was founded in 1984. Graduates work in federal, state, and local public and nonprofit organizations, and international government and nongovernmental organizations. With an international and diverse student population, current enrollees come from Hawai’i, Bangladesh, Pakistan, India, Cambodia, Mongolia, Micronesia, Thailand, and the continental United States. The mixture of cultural traditions from both West and East establishes an unusually rich setting for students to develop management and leadership skills.

The Alumni Reunion offered a unique opportunity for alumni to reconnect and to learn about the plans that are underway for the Daniel K. Inouye Center for Democratic Leadership and the new PUBA Program. Nearly seventy were in attendance and Dean Konan, the Dean of the College of Social Sciences, also spoke to the enthusiastic crowd.


Speakers: Jennifer Sabas, Ian Santee, Dean Konan, Stanford Miyamoto, Keona Mark, Morgen Johansen


Alumni and Chris Grandy, Professor


Dean Konan


Keynote Speaker: Jennifer Sabas, Honorary Co-Chair of the Daniel K. Inouye Center Planning and Design Committee and Executive Director of the Inouye Institute Fund


Keynote Speaker: Stanfrod Miyamoto, Class of 1994. Federal Security Director for the Pacific, Transportation Security Administration


Keynote Speaker: Ian Santee, Class of 2004. Deputy Director, Honolulu Emergency Services Department


Keynote Speaker: Keona Mark, Class of 2008. Native Hawaiian Community Advocate


PUBA Chair, Morgen Johansen


PUBA Graduate Chair, Susan Chandler

full room

Pubans gather for 30 year reunion


Alumni A. DeVoll and T. Edwards

PUBA Alumni


PUBA Alumni and current PUBA GA, Liane Briggs



Saturday, October 3rd, 2015 5:15-7pm

3660 On the Rise, 3660 Waialae Ave.

($1 parking starts at 5pm)

Join us for pupus, fun, and a chance to celebrate old times To buy $40 tickets or to donate go to:

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Our annual convocation was a huge success as we welcomed 25 new students to the Program! Nikki Love Kingman, Policy Director for the Hawaii Alliance of Nonprofit Organizations (HANO) gave a wonderful talk on leadership as our keynote speaker.


Nikki Love





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Assessment for Curricular Improvement

Spring 2015 Assessment Poster Exhibit

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Wednesday February 11th, 2015
Room 312, at the State Capital
Learn how you can get your MPA!
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2014 mid-year graduation




PUBA Alum Kim Yamauchi (class of 2014), and Professor Morgen Johansen presented their capstone research, “Closing the Gap for Native Hawaiians: Identifying Positive Factors that Lead to Successful Completion of a Bachelor’s Degree”, at the He Huliau-A Turning Point: Community-Academic Partnership for Health Equity conference held in Kapolei, Hawaii.  Additional capstone researchers are Tanya Uyehara, Kyle Help, Parker Bode, and Tofaaga Salatielu-Unutoa.


Convocation 2014!



Grandy Talk for Association of Government Accountants

On May 8, 2014, Christopher Grandy spoke to the Hawaii chapter of the Association for Government Accountants.  Grandy made a presentation entitled "Forecasting Budget Revenue:  Hawaii State Council on Revenues."  He discussed the nature of the Council and its process for forecasting revenue that is used in the construction of the Hawaii State budget.  Grandy has been a member of the Council on Revenues since 2011.




Grandy Appears on PBS Insights

On May 1, 2014, Christopher Grandy appeared on the weekly PBS Hawaii Insights television show to discuss "What is the Next Salvation for Hawaii's Economy?"  Grandy appeared with Jay Fidell of ThinkTech Hawaii, and Vassilis Syrmos, Vice President for Research and Innovation at the University of Hawaii.  The video can be found here:

Of course, the opinions expressed by Grandy do not necessarily reflect the positions of the Public Administration Program and the University of Hawaii.

Tae Hee Kim Our Newest Faculty Member:


Read full article here.


The PUBA 2014 Graduation Event was held May 16th.





PUBA Honors Society, Pi Alpha Alpha, newest members.

Student party



Capstone Night




Scenes from PUBA's Capstone Night 2014 as students present their final presentations!


Honolulu Ethics Commission Executive Director visits Core Year

On April 23, 2014, Chuck Totto, the Executive Director and Legal Counsel of the City and County of Honolulu Ethics Commission visited the PUBA Core Year.  The class was working on the Ethics module of the Core Year, and Mr. Totto shared his experience in both training government employees in ethics matters and investigating ethics complaints.  Mr. Totto has served with the Ethics Commission since 2000 and previously worked as the State's Consumer Advocate with the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs.





Morgen Johansen's recent research has been featured on the London School of Economics blog:

"Market competition may not reduce costs or lead to greater efficiency in hospitals"


In January 2014, Chris Grandy participated on a panel for the radio talk show "Town Square" on Hawaii Public Radio. Other panelists were Victor Geminiani of Hawaii Appleseed and Colin Kippen, the State Homelessness Coordinator. The panel discussed proposals by Appleseed for tax law changes that would help low-income workers in Hawaii. Listen to interview.



On December 17th PUBA celebrated it's graduates and the Practitioner in residnece Matelina Aulava with a holiday party.



The article "Musashino Place and the Concept of Flexible Responsibility: The Public Organization of the Future of Local Government?" has been published in The Journal of Social Sciences at International Christian University in Tokyo, Japan.  It is authored by Dick Pratt and Tak Nishio and describes an interesting initiative in local government in Musashino City, Japan.  The initiative establishes "Mushashino Place" as a community organization that seamlessly integrates four functions normally silo'd in separate units.  The term "responsible flexibility" refers to the process of introducing greater flexibility into a bureaucratic system while maintaining public accountability.  


Nonprofit Certificate Students, Marisa Watanabe, Tammy Weese, Don Aguilar, and Katia Polster, and Nonprofit Certificate Coordinator Dr. Morgen Johansen, represented PUBA with their attendance at the Hawaii Alliance of Nonprofit Organizations (HANO) conference in October, 2013.  Students attended panels on social entrepreneurship, advocacy, and collective impact. 



On September 6, 2013, Chris Grandy was interviewed on Hawaii Public Radio's talk show, The Conversation, in his
role as a member of the State Council on Revenues (COR). Chris was commenting on a recent COR meeting and his
analysis of data that showed recent underforecasting by the Council. Chris was appointed to the Council in 2011 and his term expires in 2015. Listen to interview.


Dick Pratt was a plenary speaker at the 4th International Conference On Local Government held in Surabaya, Indonesia during the second week of October.  He gave a paper on reform at the local level in Japan.  Dick is a member of an organizing committee for a new association to improve local government and governance internationally.  The committee finalized a draft of the new International Association for Local Government (IALG) and it was approved and signed during the conference. He will serve on the Executive Committee for the next year.




Morgen Johansen's PUBA 636 Nonprofit Management class hard at work!


Taehyon Choi and Susan Chandler submitted a conference paper entitled “Trust among mission driven organizations: A theoretical model of the effect of mission drift” which has been accepted for presentation at the 7th FINT Workshop on Trust Within and Between Organizations at Singapore Management University, Singapore, 21-23 November 2013.

Susan Chandler's article "The Application of Collaboration Models to Family Group Conferencing" was published in the Journal of Policy Practice (2013), Vol.  21(1): 3-22.  



On Saturday, August 24, Governor Neil Abercrombie helped welcome incoming students at the Public Administration Program's 2013 Convocation.  The Governor reflected on his childhood in western New York, and the shifting boundaries of ethnic and religious politics of 1940s America.  The Governor also noted the often thankless, but important jobs those in public service perform everyday, and he commended the students on their new endeavor.  PUBA was delighted that the Governor joined us for lunch afterward, engaging the students in extended discussions.






As a member of the Council on Revenues, Christopher Grandy was appointed as the Council's designee to the Governor'sSequestration Impact Response Team (SIRT), a temporary board established by executive order in  2013.  The Team, consisting of 25 government leaders and community members, is tasked with identifying short- and long-term effects on Hawaii of the federal budget sequestration actions and making recommendations to the Governor and Legislature.  SIRT began meeting in July and expects to complete it's work in September.

council of rev


Congratulations to PUBA student Julie Uyeno-Pidot for winning The Eizo and Toyo Sakumoto Trust Scholarship!

The scholarship is for $1,000 for the 2013-2014 school year.  The Eizo and Toyo Sakumoto Trust is administered by the Hawaii Community Foundation. 
Toyo Sakumoto was born in Hilo in 1904 & attended Hilo High School. After marrying Eizo, she helped to run his photography shop in Honolulu. They had no children but loved “Youngster”, and Eizo spent time as a baseball coach for a boys’ team. The Sakumoto’s established this trust to promote the importance of higher education.

  • Be a Graduate (post baccalaureate) student.
  • Supports students of Japanese ancestry.
  • Attend a college in Hawai'i.
  • Applicants must have been born in Hawai'i.
  • Minimum GPA of 3.5.





Susan Chandler

Susan Chandler presented at the "Nana I Ke Kumu…E Malama Kakou" conference on April 25th. The conference was sponsored by the Office of Youth Services and the Hawaii Youth Service Network. Her talk (with Patrick Keleher, project specialist at OYS) was called "The Wrap-Around Process: How it Strengthens Families and Supports Hawaii Values."

Chandler, Susan M. (2013)  “The application of collaboration models to family group conferencing. The Journal of Policy Practice, Vol 12 (2): 3-22

Grant:  Awarded $25,000 from the Department of Human Services for facilitating interagency collaboration.
Grant:  Awarded $10,000 from the Department of Human Services for consultation to write a Title IV-E waiver application on behalf of foster children. (It has been approved by the federal government).

Susan was elected Secretary of the EPIC Ohana Inc. Board of Directors
Susan was elected Policy Chair of the PHOCUSED, Inc. Board of Directors.



Panel Presentation and Discussion 
The Struggle to Develop Natural Resources while Protecting Culture and the Environment

Friday, April 5, 2013
12:00 – 1:30pm
Saunders 624


The presentation and discussion will focus on the impact on culture and the environment of recent discoveries of vast resources that are of great interest to a powerful neighbor and global investors.

Charles Krusekopf
Associate Professor, Royal Roads University, Victoria BC
Executive Director, American Center for Mongolian Studies

Paula DePriest
Deputy Director, Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute
Washington, D.C.

Bill Fitzhugh
Director, Arctic Studies Center
Smithsonian Museum of Natural History
Washington D.C.

Co-sponsored by the Public Administration Program (PUBA), the School for Pacific and Asian Studies, and the College of Social Sciences. 




PUBA 636, Nonprofit Management had a panel on advocacy with senator Roz Baker, Lisa Maruyama Bill Musick and Mihoko Ito.


PUBA Brown Bags!


“Leading in Challenging Conditions: Interviews with Local Leaders in the Laos People’s Democratic Repulbic,” with Dick Pratt, UHM and Sekson Yongavit, Khon Kaen University, Thailand, 3/8/13 at noon in Saunders 624.



PUBA Brown Bags!

"Culture-Adaptive Policy Initiatives: Comparisons from South Korea and the United States," 2/22/13 at noon in Saunders 624


PUBA VIsitors!

Leslie Wilcox, the CEO of Hawai`i Public Television and a well-known journalist in the Islands, visited the PUBA class "Strategies of Change -  Leaders and Leadership" on February 13. Leslie's  most recent efforts have been to take Hawai`i Public Television in new directions by adding more local programming, including the successful launch of a news program run by young  people across the state.  Leslie talked about the different kinds of leaders she has experienced, about her own leadership style and how it has evolved, and about issues that face women as leaders.  She is one of eight successful public leaders visiting PUBA 622 this spring.  The course is taught by Robbie Alm and Dick Pratt.



“(Nearly) Everything You Wanted to Know about the Council on Revenues,” with Jack Suyderhoud (Business), Carl Bonham (Economics), and Chris Grandy (PUBA) 2/15/13 at noon in Saunders 624.



Puba hosted the brown bag: “Managerial Networking in Nonprofit Organizations: The Impact of Networking on Organizational and Advocacy Effectiveness,” with Morgen Johansen, 1/25/13 at noon in Saunders 624.



Distinguished visitors discuss Indigenous and Native Hawaiian Issues in Core Year

In early December, 2012, the PUBA Core Year, heard from three distinguished visitors on issues related indigenous peoples generally, and Native Hawaiians in particular.  Dr. Alex Golub, of the Department of Anthropology spoke to the class about different concepts of indigeneity and culture.  Dr. Melody MacKenzie of the William S. Richardson School of Law provided an overview of Hawaii history from western contact to date, with special emphasis on the background of current public issues facing Native Hawaiians.  Mr. Robert Klein, former Associate Justice of the Hawaii Supreme Court; and a partner with the law firm McCorriston, Miller, Mukai, and MacKinnon; discussed the efforts to reorganize a Native Hawaiian government and the recent settlement of past claims for revenues from ceded lands due the Office of Hawaiian Affairs.


Core Year Visits Kaala Farms


On December 1, 2012, the PUBA Core Year visited Kaala Farms as part of the Indigenous and Native Hawaiian Perspectives module.  As he has for several years, Kumu Butch DeTroye, again met the class and discussed Native Hawaiian culture and folklore, and the historical role Kaala Farms has played in the modern revival of interest in Native Hawaiian identity and points of view.This year the visit was particularly poignant because of the fire that swept through the valley in June 2012.  Most notably, the large, thatched hale that was an icon of the valley was lost, leaving only the foundation.  Even so, the fire cleared some brush, revealing the outlines of even more ancient taro patches and structures.  Activities at the Farm continue, and the hale will be re-built in due course.


PUBA Students at the Capitol
On November 27 and 28, 2012, the Core Year students delivered testimony in mock hearings at the State Capitol before small panels of legislators. This exercise caps the Legislative Module in the Core Year. Students were assigned bills and positions (pro or con) from the 2011-2012 Hawaii legislative session. They researched the issues, drafted testimony, and delivered their testimony in the mock hearings. Public Administration students regularly point to this experience as a highlight of the Core Year.

Below, Representatives Chris Lee and Karl Rhoads question PUBA students on their testimony.


Experienced Lobbyist Talks to Core Year
Bob Toyofuku, one of the most experienced legislative lobbyists in the state, visited the Core Year on November 13, 2012, for the Legislative Process module. Mr. Toyofuku provided an overview of the legislative process and discussed some of his experiences and strategies with respect to promoting or combating legislative proposals. Mr. Toyofuku has contributed to the PUBA educational enterprise for many years, and his real-world experience always enriches our discussions.


Senior Policy Advisor to Governor visits PUBA
Kate Stanley, Governor Abercrombie's Senior Policy Advisor, visited the Core Year on November 8, 2012, during the Legislative Module. Ms. Stanley has long experience in public service in Hawaii, having served as a state representative, Governor John Waihee's legislative coordinator, Deputy Director of the Department of Human Services, and special consultant to the Superintendent of Education. Ms. Stanley discussed her current role in the Abercrombie administration as liaison to the State Senate, and more generally the nature of the relationship between the Executive and Legislative branches during the legislative process. Ms. Stanley has appeared in PUBA classes many times, and we very much appreciate her experience and insight.



Third International Conference on Local Government, Thailand

Dick Pratt was a plenary speaker at the Third International Conference on Local Government held in Thailand this November. The conference was hosted by the College of Local Administration at Khon Kaen University. Invited speakers came from several American and other international universities. Dick's talk focused on the local-global educational dynamic, and was illustrated by a seminar he taught in Thailand in March that incorporated practitioners from Honolulu. His talk can be viewed here. Dick was appointed to a committee to help plan an international organization for local governance.

Reforming Public Organizations
Donna Fouts was a guest lecturer in PUBA 620, Reforming Public Organizations. Donna is the Executive Director of the nonprofit United Cerebral Palsy, a position she has held for a number of years. She was invited to share with seminar participants her experience of navigating a funding change that had implications for the whole organization. In addition she responded to questions about organizational change and reform sent to her ahead of the session by the class. Other visitors this semester include Dr. Tsedev Damiran, who came to the seminar via Skype from Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia; and Randy Perreira, Executive Director of the Hawaii Government Employees Association (HGEA), the state’s largest public employee union.

Date: Tuesday evening, October 30, 2012

Brown Bag: Innovation in Local Government in Japan: Musashino Place and Responsible Flexibility
This presentation describes an innovation in a public organization at the local level in Japan. It is at once subtle and dramatic and signals potentially important developments in Japanese society. The talk will cover: Trends in Decentralization The importance of community engagement The impact of public architecture Opportunities for bureaucratic flexibility The accountability challenge.

Date: Friday, October 26, 2012, 12-1:30, Saunders 624


Governor Abercrombie's Deputy Chief of Staff Addresses PUBA Convocation
The Public Administration Program welcomed its newest Core Year (2012-2013) in the Program's annual Convocation. Blake Oshiro, Deputy Chief of Staff for Governor Neil Abercrombie, addressed the incoming students, discussing the rewards and challenges of public service and congratulating the participants on their commitment. Oshiro previously served as a Hawaii State Representative for ten years, including service as Majority Leader in the House of Representatives.

Date: Saturday, August 18, 2012