University of Hawai‘i
at Mānoa

Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies

Hawai‘inuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge

Office

KAMA 209B

Contact

Email

npuniwai@hawaii.edu

Phone

808-956-0597

NOELANI PUNIWAI

Assistant Professor

Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies

About

Noelani Puniwai is passionate about cultivating the next generation of students to mālama ʻāina. She has been trained academically (PhD in Natural Resources and Environmental Management, UH Mānoa; MSc. in Environmental Science, Washington State Univ; BA in Marine Science, UH Hilo) to practice malama ‘āina/kai. Yet through her experiences in her culture, science training, and student mentorship, she’s recognized that feeling aloha ‘āina, he alo a he alo, face to face must also be practiced, moving beyond exclusively intellectual pursuits. Her research interests include coastal ecosystems, cultural geography, knowledge co-production, and seascapes. Noe believes that we can use the rigor and methodologies of pono science, the foundational wisdom of our kūpuna, and our experiential daily practice of aloha ‘āina to awaken responsible action for the future of our Hawai’i.