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Director of Lāhui Hawai'i Research Center

Native Hawaiian Student Services


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 three 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.

A 2015 project, “Molokaʻi Pule Oʻo: A Nation Within,” consisted of a week-long series of historical presentations and research workshops that sought to engage, inspire, and equip Molokaʻi students and community to begin to write and publish their own histories. The project delivered to this tradiationally under-served community not only ʻike but also important resources and links to historical instituions on Oʻahu.

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.

CV Ronald C. Williams Jr.C.V. 2016.02.09

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