Project Team


Elena Clariza – Project Coordinator, Author

Elena Clariza grew up in the Philippines where she found her passion for social justice and the environment. She is currently the Philippine Studies Librarian at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa (UHM) and a lecturer on topics in Southeast Asian Studies.   Elena received an undergraduate degree in Combined Biology and Environmental Studies at the University of California – Santa Cruz.  She was a Community Educator for the Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition (SVTC ) in San Jose, CA and directed the Clean Streams/Clean Bay Community Watershed Monitoring Project.  Elena also engaged in community organizing with the Philip Vera Cruz Justice Project in the San Francisco Bay Area before coming to Hawai’i.  In the summer of 2003, her yearning to learn about active non-violence education and organic farming inspired her to volunteer at the Malu ‘Aina Center for Peace and Justice on the Big Island.  This visit soon led her to Oahu where she worked on several community projects and earned dual Masters degrees in Asian Studies and Library and Information Science at UHM.  She is now a doctoral student at the UH College of Education – Curriculum and Instruction.  Her research interests include interdisciplinary science, distance learning, and Multicultural Environmental Studies.  You can contact her at


Dr. Patricia Halagao – Consultant, Co-Author (Module 2, Indigenous Knowledge)

Patricia Halagao is an Associate Professor of social studies and multicultural education at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. She received her BA in Anthropology from Occidental Collage, M.Ed and PhD in Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Washington and has published in the fields of culturally responsive curriculum, pedagogy, and evaluation. She has developed nationally recognized curricula for the Smithsonian Institution and has received numerous professional development grants from the US federal Department of Education to direct the Filipino American Education Institute and the Mau School of Voyaging, a culture and STEM-based partnership between the College of Education and Polynesian Voyaging Society to support Hōkūle‘a’s Worldwide voyage and vision to foster educational transformation.  A former Teach for America corps member (1992), she has taught at all K-12 levels of education.  She was recently awarded the University of Hawaii’s Board of Regent’s Medal for Excellence in Teaching.


Dr. Aileen Maypa – Photographer, Consultant 

Aileen Maypa is currently studying the mechanisms by which no-take marine protected areas (MPAs) enhance surrounding fish yields. Part of her study tests the density-dependent spillover hypothesis which assumes a net migration of juvenile and adult fish from a highly populated marine protected area (MPA) to adjacent fished areas, as a result of space limitation and territorial interactions inside the MPA. Further, a second study investigates a potential density-independent spillover mechanism. She is studying the life history, ecology and reproduction of two commercially important species of jacks (Caranx sexfasciatus and C. ignobilis) at Apo Island, central Philippines.

Her current research is funded by the Conservation Food & Health Foundation through Coastal Conservation and Education Foundation, PADI Foundation, Hawaii Fisheries Research and Cooperative Unit through Dr. Charles Birkeland and individual donors.

 Aileen  is also an artist and a photographer.  She has also been involved in the development of educational materials on marine ecology in the Philippines.


Patricia Clariza- Illustrator

Patricia Clariza is a Junior in the Apparel, Product, Design and Merchandising Program at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She was trained in fashion illustration and design at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, California.


Aaron Lee – Webdeveloper, Graphic Artist

Aaron Lee received a BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa where he is a lecturer in the graphic design program. He has also taught courses at the University of Hawai‘i at Kapiolani in the New Media Arts program and Honolulu Community College’s Communication Arts program.

Aaron has worked for various web development companies and design firms in Honolulu. He is now currently working as a web and print designer for the College of Education, Curriculum Research and Development Group


Dr. Stephen O’Harrow – Chair, Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS)

Stephen O’Harrow is the Chair of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies. He is a Professor of Vietnamese
 in the Indo-Pacific Languages and Literatures at University of Hawai’i. He received his B.A. at the University of Michigan, M.A. at University of London, and 
DOC-es-Etud Orient in Sorbonne.


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