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Nālani Balutski

Brandi Jean “Nālani” Balutski is from Kahaluʻu, Oʻahu and is the Research & Assessment Specialist for the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s Hawaiʻinuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge and Native Hawaiian Student Services. In this role, she designs and implements critical original research on Native Hawaiian higher educational access and success. She is also responsible for coordinating program evaluation and academic assessment efforts for the college’s degree programs as well as external and co-curricular programming. She has a bachelorʻs degree in Business Administration from Loyola Marymount University and a Master’s degree in Hawaiian Studies from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Her research interests centers around critical race theory, indigenous student success, institutional research, and indigenous evaluation. She is a past Vice President of the Hawaiʻi-Pacific Evaluation Association (H-PEA), a local affiliate of the American Evaluation Association. She has co-authored two book chapters, and presented at conferences locally, nationally and internationally.


LEHUA NISHIMURA: Academic Advisor, Kamakakūokalani

Lehua Nishimura is the Academic Advisor for the Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies.

Office Phone: 808-956-0642

Office Fax: 808-973-0988

Office Location: KAMA 211E



Māhealani is a graduate of the Kamehameha Schools and has a BA in Hawaiian Studies and a minor in Communications from UH Hilo. Originally from Hilo she currently resides in Kaka’ako. She joined Hawaiinuiakea in 2011 as an administrative officer assigned to Native Hawaiian Student Services, and assists with Personnel matters and other projects in the Dean’s office. She brings with her over 15 years of business management, customer service and retail experience.

Willy Kauai

Willy Kauai is the director of Native Hawaiian Student Services.

Ululani Oliva

Ululani Oliva is the Graduate Advisor for Hawaiinuiakea School of Hawaiian Knowledge.

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