Our Publications

At an organizational level, we have been very active in sharing our research with national audiences through participation in national and international professional conferences in the areas of higher education, student affairs, assessment and evaluation, advising, and education.

Our participation in these scholarly activities have helped to keep us current on educational policies, practices, and theories, pushed our thinking about developing our research agenda, and networked our staff with national and international scholars and scholar-practitioners.

Conference Presentations (Selected examples)

“From ‘Dispossessions of Empire’ to Dispossessing Empire:  Kanaka ‘Ōiwi Identity Formation in Culturally-Based Higher Education” in “‘Gotta Liberate My People Like Haunani-Kay Trask’:  Critical Pedagogies of Race, Ethnicity and Indigeneity from Hawai‘i”, Selected Panel Presentation with R. Labrador,, D. Saranillio, and N. Goodyear-Kaopua, Critical Ethnic Studies Association Conference, Chicago, Illinois.  September 2013.

“Interrogating Resilience:  Native Hawaiian Doctoral Student Success,” Selected Paper Presentation, American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, California.  April 2013.

“Native Hawaiian College Students: Understanding the Voyage from High School,” Selected Paper Presentation, NASPA Western Regional Conference, Waikoloa, Hawai‘i. November 2012.

“Lessons from a Native Hawaiian Culture-Based Student Services Program,” Selected Paper Presentation, NASPA Assessment and Persistence Conference, Tampa, Florida. June 2012.

“From the Threat of Colonial Death and Back:  E Ola Mau Ka ‘Ōlelo Hawai‘i,” Selected Panel Presentation, Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA) Annual Conference, Uncasville, Connecticut. June 2012.

“Kōkua a Puni:  Strengthening Culture-Based Student Services,” Selected Paper Presentation, NASPA, Phoenix, Arizona.  March 2012.

“Education for the Nation: Forging Indigenous Identity in Native Hawaiian Higher Education,” Invited Presentation, Native Hawaiian Education Association Annual Conference, Windward Community College, Hawai‘i. March 2012

“Making Our Way Forward:  Creating an Evaluation Design for an Indigenous College,” Think Tank Presentation, American Evaluation Association Annual Conference, Anaheim, California.  November 2011.

“Our Voices, Our Definitions of Success,” Paper Presentation, World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education, Cusco, Peru. August 2011.

“Kōkua a Puni:  Strengthening Culture-Based Student Services,” Paper Presentation, 2011 Institutional Service Project Director’s Meeting Conference, Washington, D.C. April 2011.

“Institutional Data and Native Hawaiians:  Reflections on Creating the Native Hawaiian Student Profile,” Keynote Address, Native Hawaiian Education Association Annual Conference, Kāne‘ohe, Hawai‘i. March 2011.

Scholarly Publications

Wright, E.K. & Balutski, B.J.N. (Forthcoming). The role of context, critical theory, and counter-narratives in understanding Pacific Islander Indigeneity.  In S.D. Museus, D.C. Maramba & R.T. Teranishi (Eds.) The Misrepresented minority: New insights on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and their implications for higher education. Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing.

Goodyear-Ka‘ōpua, J. N., Hussey, I. & Wright, E. K. (Eds). (Forthcoming).  Ea: A history of Hawaiian movements for life, land, and sovereignty. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.

Freitas, A., Wright, E.K., Balutski, B.J.N. & Wu, P.Z. (Forthcoming). Development of the ‘Indigenous Self’ and ‘Student’: An examination of the Kōkua a Puni Summer Enrichment Program.  Ho‘okulāiwi Journal of Native Hawaiian and Indigenous Research.

Thomas, S., Kanaiaupuni, S., Freitas, A. & Balutski, B.J.N. (2012). Access and Success for Students from Indigenous Populations. In Smart, J.C., & Paulsen, M.B. (Vol. 27), Higher Education: Handbook of Theory and Research. Springer Science+Business Media.

Labrador, R. L. & Wright, E. K.  (2011) Engaging the indigenous in Pacific Islander and Asian American Studies. AmerAsia Journal, 37:3, 135-147.

Tran, J., Wong, M., Wright, E., et. al. (2011).  Understanding a Pacific Islander young adult perspective on access to higher education. California Journal of Health Promotion 2010, Special Issue, 23-38.

Research & Evaluation

“Ua ao Hawai‘i o ke ‘ōlino nei mālamalama.”

“Hawai‘i is enlightened as the cradle of learning.”