Associate Specialist, Kamakakūokalani
Konia Freitas was born and raised in Hawaiʻi on Oʻahu island. She is a Specialist faculty member and the director of Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. As a Special Projects Coordinator, she works in the area of program planning, curriculum development, and program assessment and evaluation. For several years, she worked in the area of community engagement and engaged scholarship in the Hawaiʻinuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge. Projects funded under the “Community Engagement” initiative linked education, research and practice together in ways that reinforced the fundamental importance of place, Hawaiian culture and philosophy. Prior to this, Konia co-wrote a successful application for a US DOE grant which funded the Kōkua A Puni program, the precursor to the Native Hawaiian Student Services program currently in operation today. Her academic areas of interest span indigenous planning, Hawaiian-focused education and indigenous research methodology. She has professional land use planning experience and holds a Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Planning. She serves as affiliate faculty at the UH Manoa campus in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning and the Center for Teaching Excellence. Her doctoral research examined the link between education to the necessity of land among Hawaiian-focused public charter schools.
Office Phone: 808-956-0557
Office Fax: 808-973-0988
Office Location: KAMA 103B