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Mari Ono
Mari Ono, MSW, LSW
Junior Specialist, Director of Student Services

Gartley Hall Rm. 201F
Tel: 808.956.6129


B.A., Psychology, University of California, Berkeley, 1978

MSW, California State University, Sacramento, 1980

Research Interests

  • Mental health
  • Substance abuse
  • Cross cultural practice



M.S.W, Social Work, California State University, Sacramento,
School of Social Work, May 1980.

B.A., Psychology, University of California, Berkeley. March 1978

Sacramento City Community College. February 1974 to June 1975.


Director of Student Services, full-time, April 2013 to present.
Student Services Coordinator, full-time, January 2003 to April 2013.
University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, Thompson School of Social Work & Public Health, Honolulu, HI

  • Administrative duties include overseeing admissions, academic advising, student/faculty orientations, financial aid/scholarships, outreach and recruitment, student organizations and associated activities, student academic and performance actions, address inquiries and requests, and assist graduation processes. Duties span across the bachelor’s, masters and doctoral programs.
  • Additional duties: teaching, guest lecturing, assisting in research efforts, personnel hiring, school development, scholarship development, serving on UHM and SSW faculty committees, networking with alumni and other related interest groups.
  • Supervises Student Services Administrative Support, and Mānoa Peer Advisors.

Pūlama I Ke Ola Project Director, full-time, August 1991 to January 2003.
University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, School of Social Work, Honolulu, HI.

  • Faculty specialist based at Hawai‘i State Hospital (HSH), Social Work Services Department. Served as liaison to HSH and the UHM, School of Social Work.
  • Designed and administered M.S.W. field practicum program based at HSH.
  • Provided curriculum development, student training and supervision.
  • Coordinated and assisted in staff development, hospital-based research, and hospital accreditation/reorganization process.
  • Collaborated on publications for the Project.
  • Provided clinical supervision to Social Work staff, by request.


IRIS Project Director/Clinical Coordinator, full-time, October 1986 to July 1991.
Women’s Institute for Mental Health, San Francisco, CA.

  • Provided clinical management and oversight to the IRIS Project, a private-nonprofit drug-free outpatient program for chemically addicted women.
  • Coordinated and developed services, personnel management, and contract monitoring. Provided clinical and administrative supervision to counseling staff and graduate level interns. Rendered group and individual counseling services.
  • Presented outreach, training & consultation services to interlinking agencies, schools, and community based programs.

Director of Prevention Services, Community Mental Health Worker, full-time, November
1981 to February 1985. Richmond Area Maxi-Center, San Francisco, CA.

  • Provided outpatient individual, family and group therapy services for Richmond District residents with a focus on Asian American, adolescent and children cases.
  • Provided clinical supervision to master’s level student interns.
  • Supervised and coordinated all prevention/ education/ consultation services and related staff trainings for agency.

Academic Counselor, temporary, full-time, November 1980 to June 1981.
American River Community College, Sacramento, CA.

  • Provided academic advising and short-term individual counseling for approximately 120 students.


Chair, Admissions Committee, Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work, AY 2003 – present. Coordinates and facilitates faculty subcommittee to create and/or resolve policy and procedural issues as related to student services and operations.

Chair, Financial Aid/Scholarships, Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work, AY 2003 – present. Coordinates faculty subcommittees for determining annual SSW scholarship recipients for BSW, MSW and PhD programs. Currently administers 18 scholarship awards.

Chair, Indigenous Affairs Committee, Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work, AY 2014-2015 and AY 2015-2016. Member, AY 2016-2017.

  • Served in an advisory capacity to the Dean and was responsible for overseeing and leading indigenization efforts within the School.
  • Responsible for monitoring, assessing, and promoting initiatives and activities that supported indigenous social work education, Native Hawaiian advancement, the
    School’s commitment to “global enterprise” and its recognition of diverse people and populations of Hawaii and in the Asia Pacific region.

Member, Department of Social Work Administrative Team, Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work. AY 2016 – present. Administrative committee that assists the Department Chair with administrative and operational oversight and coordination

Member, BSW Program Committee and MSW Program Committee, Dept. of Social Work. AY 2002 – present. Participates in monthly program committee meetings that review
academic planning, course development, policy development, CSWE accreditation, and related curricular issues for BSW and MSW programs.

Member, Assessment Committee, Dept. of Social Work, Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work, AY 2015 – present. Participates in monthly committee meetings that oversee evaluation and assessment of SSW programs.

Member, Faculty Recruitment Committee, Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work, AY 2014-2015. Assisted with the interview process for the Assistant to the Dean position.

Member, A-Team (Administrative) Committee, Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work, AY 2010 to AY2015. Advisory committee to the dean that informed and assisted in administrative matters and operations; identified and suggested recommendations on administrative items for full faculty discussion and recommendations to the dean.

Faculty Liaison, SSW student organizations, Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work, AY 2002-2003 – present. Serves as the faculty consultant to the BSW Organization, SSW
Graduate Student Organization, and the Phi Alpha, Nu Sigma Chapter Honors Society. Attends planning meetings, facilitates development of student extracurricular activities, community service projects and the annual SSW Graduation Convocation.

School of Social Work Representative, Ho‘ola Mālamalama, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, August 2005 to August 2013.

  • Collaborative consortium of recruiters from health professional programs at UH Mānoa, included the Pre-Health Advising Center, Hawaii/Pacific Basin Health Education Center, and Health Careers Opportunity Program.
  • Presented to high school students, transfer students, new student orientations, student residential learning programs, and per request by schools and other programs. Presented to over 400 students per academic year.


Chair, Academic Procedures Committee, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, AY 2015 – 2016 and AY 2007-2008. Vice-Chair, AY 2014 – 2015. Facilitate collaborative monthly meetings
with representatives from UHM departments, Office of the Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs (OVCAA), and Office of the Vice Chancellor for Students (OVCS).

Chair, Council of Academic Advisors (CAA), University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, AY 2011- 2012, Co-Chair, AY 2010-2011; Vice-Chair, AY 2009-2010. Member: Current. Under the auspice of the OVCAA/ AVCUE, the CAA addresses academic policies and student academic success. Organized and facilitated monthly board meetings; participated in subcommittee activities; assisted in annual conference planning and presentations.

Member, Strategic Planning for Admission and Recruitment Committee (SPARC), AY 2015- 2016. Assisted in developing a plan that ensures the University meets and maintains optimal undergraduate and graduate enrollment through strategic and data driven recruitment and admission practices.

Member, Screening committee for the Ka‘ie‘ie Pathway Program, OVCAA/Associate Vice Chancellor of Undergraduate Education (AVCUE), October 2013 – January 2014. Assisted in developing interview questions, participated in interviewing and rating candidates for two Specialist positions.

Member, Graduation Project Committee (aka, E Ho‘ea Project), University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, OVCAA/AVCUE, January 2013 – May 2013. Assisted in formulating an implementation plan to improve completion rates of students who discontinued their enrollment just prior to graduation and evaluate/address the issues that resulted in their choice to stop-out or drop-out.

Co-Chair, Academic Advising and Transfer Network (AATN), University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, November 2011 to December 2012. UH System committee that promotes the dissemination of information among UH campuses pertaining to student transfer as stipulated under E5.209: UH System Student Transfer and Intercampus Articulation agreement. Assisted in the facilitation of quarterly meetings, and planning the annual AATN conference.

Faculty Ambassador, GEAR-UP program, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa AY2006 to AY2012. Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs, was a federally funded program to assist students from low-income homes to successfully access higher education. Faculty Ambassadors represented UHM and their respective programs to Hawai‘i DOE-based and private schools, career & college fairs, etc.


Member, Farrington High School Health Academy Advisory Board, July 2016 to present. Assisting in the Health Academy’s goal to be nationally certified. Assisting in organizing a speakers’ bureau for presentations to students in the Health Academy on diverse health professions.

Judge Panelist, American Bar Association Client Counseling Competition, William S. Richardson School of Law, January 29, 2015. Assisted as a non-lawyer counseling professional, in a semifinal round of law student competitors. Evaluated two teams of law students on their interviewing, planning, and analytical skills in the establishment of lawyerclient relationships.

Consultant/ Case Management Monitor, Department of Health, STD/AIDS Prevention Branch, Honolulu, HI, February 2002 to July 2003. Assisted in conducting an internal quality assurance process for case management services. Agencies were located on the islands of Hawai‘i, Kaua‘i, Maui and O‘ahu. Conducted administrative and staff interviews, chart audits, summary reports, and final presentations to all programs.

Clinical Consultant, Hoʻomau Ke Ola Program, Honolulu, HI December 1997 to June 1999. Provided clinical case reviews and clinical trainings for substance abuse counselors. Provided supervision and consultation to Clinical Director. Assisted in quality assurance activities re: managed care clients, residential program documentation, intake assessments, etc.


Project Consultant, Department of Public Safety, Honolulu, HI September 1 through October 31, 1993. Assisted DPS in developing a pilot program curriculum re: Ho`omana, a therapeutic community treatment model for substance abusing women incarcerated at the Women’s Community Correctional Center in Kailua, Oahu.

Consultant, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, SAMHSA, Washington, D.C. February 1992 to 1997. Women’s Task Force Committee. Preliminary ad hoc committee that initiated development of a CSAT publication on Model Substance Abuse Treatment for Women. Also, served as a member of the Cultural Competence Advisory Network.

Grant Reviewer, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, SAMHSA, Washington, D.C. July 1990 to 1995. Critical Populations Grants: Ethnic Minority Populations, Adolescents/Juvenile Justice, Residential Treatment for Women & Children, and Pregnant/Postpartum Women & Children. Assisted in the peer review process for evaluation and recommendations re: ethnic minority, women and youth substance abuse treatment programs.

Advisory Board Member, California State Department of Drug & Alcohol Programs, Sacramento, CA. August – November 1989. Assisted in the planning of a statewide “Asian Summit Conference on Substance Abuse” coordinated through the University of California Extension, San Diego.


Faculty Lecturer, School of Social Work, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.
Taught graduate level courses in Social Work, Master’s Program.

  • SW 606: “Social Work Practice with Individuals”, Fall 2009, Spring 2003 (Maui UH Extension), Fall 2002.
  • SW 680: Bridge Integration Seminar for Advanced Standing students, Summer 2004.
  • SW 659: “Human Behavior in the Social Environment”, Summer session 2002, Maui UH Extension.
  • SW 680: Elective. “Cross Cultural Social Work Practice”, Summer, 1995.


Kapaona, A., & Ono, M. (2016, June). Re-envisioning Parental Involvement in Higher Education: Shifting the Paradigm of the Helicopter Parent. NACADA: Academic Advising Today, 39, 2. Retrieved from Involvement-in-Higher-Education-Shifting-theParadigm-of-the-Helicopter-Parent.aspx

Ono, M. (2014). Book review: Professional helper: The fundamentals of being a helping professional. Review of Disability Studies: An International Journal, 7(1). Retrieved from

DeCambra, H., Marshall, W. E., & Ono, M. (1995). Ho`omau Ke Ola: “To Perpetuate Life as It Was Meant to Be” (Vol. 8, Cultural Competence Series, pp. 73-96). Rockville, MD: U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Substance Abuse Prevention.


Coordinator, Myron B Thompson School of Social Work Bulletin. 2004 – present. Revised annually.

  • Compiles, updates and edits information and resources pertaining to SSW admissions, programs, curriculum, financial aid, personnel, policies and procedures.
  • Finalizes format, graphics and photos.

Coordinator, New Student Orientation Manuals for BSW and MSW programs. 2003 – present. Revised annually. Updates and edits information and resources pertaining to academic and professional policies and procedures, resources, program and curricular format, student services, etc.

Fong, R., Mokuau, N., Ono, M. & Ewalt, P. (1997). Clinical supervision at Hawai‘i State Hospital. Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i School of Social Work.

Ono, M., Mokuau, N. & Ewalt, P. (1993). Social work practicum manual: Hawai‘i State Hospital. Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i School of Social Work.

Wilson, B., Mokuau, N., Crocker, K., Ono, M. & Ewalt, P. (1993). Documentation review: Social work services at Hawai‘i State Hospital. Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i School of Social Work.


Co-Presenter, Council of Academic Advisors, Professional Development Series, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, October 27, 2015. “Where’s the Aloha? De-Stigmatizing the Helicopter Parent” with Alyssa Kapaona, MEd.

Co-Presenter, National Academic Advising Association (NACADA), Annual Conference, Las Vegas, NV, October 4-7, 2015. “What Happens in Advising Stays with Students and Their Families”, with Alyssa Kapaona, MEd.

Co-Presenter, NACADA, Region 9 Conference, Honolulu, HI, March 4-5, 2015. “Where’s the Aloha? De-Stigmatizing the Helicopter Parent” with Alyssa Kapaona, MEd

Presenter, UH System Academic Advising Workshop, Honolulu, HI, October 18, 2013. “Rethinking the Enigma of the Helicopter Parent”.

Presenter, Council of Academic Advisors Annual Summer Conference, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, July 31, 2013. “Re-thinking the Enigma of the Helicopter Parent”. Presenter, BSW and MSW New Student Orientations. AY 2003 – to present. Initiated creation of PowerPoint presentations to new students in the BSW and MSW programs. Provided primary coordination and oversight of MSW New Student Orientation materials. Presents on student service resources, academic advising, student rights, etc.

Panelist, Health Career Options Program, September 28, 2016. Smoothie Café, Health Professional Panel. Discussed personal pathway into the social work profession and career tips for high school and college students.

Co-Presenter, NACADA, Annual Conference, Denver, CO, October 4, 2011. “Reach New Heights with High Impact Advising” with Ruth Bingham, PhD.

Presenter, Child & Family Services/ Hawai‘i Human Services Training and Career Institute, Honolulu, HI, March 22 & 29, 2001. “Basic Case Management Concepts & Strategies in Human Services Delivery”. Provided (2) 4-hour workshops on case management model using strengths perspective.

Panelist, State of Hawai‘i Drug Court Program, Adult Probation Division, Honolulu, HI June 21, 1996. “Women, Criminal Justice & You” Conference. Panel discussant on “Culturally
Competent Treatment Services for Women”.

Presenter, State of Hawai‘i Drug Court Program, Adult Probation Division, Honolulu, HI July 12,1995. Cultural competency workshop. Presented on “Cross Cultural Issues in
Substance Abuse Treatment: Working with Refugee & Immigrant Asian Populations in Hawai‘i”.

Panelist, Hawai‘i Statewide Drug Court Seminar, CSAT, Honolulu, HI March 20 – 21,1995. “Cultural Competency in Substance Abuse Treatment”.

Panelist, National Hispanic Conference on Substance Abuse Treatment & AIDS, SAMHSA, Los Angeles, CA. September 3 – 6, 1991. “Comprehensive Services for Women: The IRIS

Presenter, Women and Substance Abuse Conference, California State Dept. of Drugs and Alcohol, San Jose, CA. May 14 – 16, 1991. Co-facilitated workshop on “Cultural Impact on Women’s Treatment Issues”.

Presenter, “Partners in Prevention” Conference, Office of Substance Abuse Prevention, & the National Asian Pacific American Families Against Substance Abuse, Inc., Washington, D.C. April 9 – 11, 1990. 2nd Annual Pacific American Conference on Substance Abuse & Prevention. Workshop presenter on, “Asian Women’s Substance Abuse Issues”.


Mānoa Peer Advisor (AY 2009-2010 – present): Submits an annual application through the Mānoa Advising Center to retain two Mānoa Peer Advisors per academic year who provide assistance in pre-BSW advising and undergraduate recruitment efforts. Also, provides training and consultation to the MPA students and staff of the Mānoa Advising Center regarding the BSW program and social work, interviewing skills, and developing program policies for the MPA program

Ho‘ola Mālamalama Project (AY2007-2008): Co-wrote Diversity and Equity Initiative Proposal to expand a collaborative recruitment consortium of professional health programs at UH Mānoa. Funding was utilized to hire two Student Ambassadors who assisted in the coordination and presentation of UHM campus visits, high school visitations, community college fairs, etc., on behalf of the collaboration.

Kīheipua Ambassador Program (AY2005-2006): Diversity and Equity Initiative Proposal to hire and train two Student Ambassadors for the School of Social Work. These students
assisted in ongoing recruitment activities including Health Career Options events, First-Year Center workshops, New Student Orientations, transfer student fairs, classroom presentations, etc.

Kīheipua Project (AY2004-2005): Diversity and Equity Initiative Proposal that introduced the hiring of a student ambassador to support expanded services and activities related to recruitment and retention of diverse students from high schools and community colleges in Hawai‘i.


While providing oversight to 18 different scholarships within the SSW, the following represent new scholarships that I assisted in negotiating, implementing and promoting on behalf of the department since AY 2003 – present:

  • The Gordon & June Ito Foundation Social Work Scholarship (MSW program)
  • Graduate Education Non-Resident Tuition Exemption (MSW/PhD programs)
  • Native Hawaiian Next Generation Leader Award (MSW program)
  • Alumni & Friends of the SSW Endowed Scholarship (MSW program)
  • Hoa Hana Awards for student residents of the neighbor islands (All programs)


  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker (L.C.S.W.), California, May 1984. #LCS 10846 (Currently inactive status as of 1/31/00)
  • Academy of Certified Social Workers (A.C.S.W.), November 1992
  • Licensed Social Worker (L.S.W.), Hawaii, July 1997. #767
  • GE License #: 10496367
  • Member of N.A.S.W. 1990 – California Chapter 1991 – Current: Hawaii Chapter
  • Community College Counseling Credential: November 1980.
  • Public Service & Administration Instructor Credential: November 1980.
  • Member of National Asian Pacific Islander Families Against Substance Abuse, Inc. (NAPAFASA) April 1990.
  • Member of National Asian Pacific Islander Mental Health Association (NAPIMHA), 2001.
  • Member of National Academic Advisors Association (NACADA), 2011 to present
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