University of Hawai‘i
at Mānoa

Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies

2645 Dole Street Honolulu, HI 96822 Fax(808) 973-0988

Office

KAMA 103A

Contact

Email

ronaldwi@hawaii.edu

Phone

808-956-0554

RONALD C. WILLIAMS JR.

Instructor

Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies

About

Dr. Ronald Williams Jr. earned his B.A. in Hawaiian Studies, M.A. in Pacific Islands Studies, and doctorate in History. He is currently completing a certificate in Museum Studies.  He teaches at both the Center for Hawaiian Studies and the Department of History. He has published in academic and public forums on varied topics with a focus on historiography in Hawai’i and the past elision of Native voice and Native-language resources.

Williams believes academic work must serve a relevant purpose in the community.  He has a passion for connecting academic research to the broader communities from which it emanates and to whom it can significantly serve.  He has been the recipient of two Hawaiʻinuiākea Community Outreach/Engaged Scholarship mini grants.

A 2013 project, “E Hoʻi Ka Nani Waineʻe,” partnered Hawaiʻinuiākea with Nā Kiaʻi o Waineʻe to produce documentation of and biographical information on burials within Waineʻe Cemetery in Lāhainā, Maui.  It produced a collection of more than four hundred primary-source documents concerning the history of Ka ʻEkalesia o Waineʻe and the adjoining cemetery.

A 2014 project, “Ola Nā Iwi: Building Future Leaders By Linking Students to the Past,” will develop a community-based curriculum centered on the sacred burials at Waineʻe that specifically targets current Hawaiʻi State Department of Education Content and Performance Standards for the fourth, seventh and ninth grades.  This will allow teachers from both public and private schools that visit Waineʻe Cemetery to teach structured lesson plans around the visit that are both engaging and productive.

Williams has taught HWST 107: Hawaiʻi: Center of the Pacific; HWST 107 for Honors Program students; HWST 390: Hawaiian Sovereignty: Past, Present and Future; and HIST 284: Hawaiian Kingdom.

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Ronald Williams Jr. Website: http://manoa-hawaii.academia.edu/RonaldWilliamsJr