uh_honorsThe Honors Program, University of Hawai`i, Mānoa

Civic Engagement and Issue Advocacy

This course builds understanding of issue advocacy and what it calls for in terms of an ethical commitment; develops the writing and presentation skills needed for effective advocacy; helps students learn and experience how to build coalitions and address obstacles; explores the evolution of traditional and online media platforms; examines how issue advocacy connects to aloha.

Introduction to Research and Creative Work

This course aims to give students a sense of how they and their studies are connected to the community, to the issues of the day and to their important role as learners in a learning and research environment. Students learn how to tap into and draw from the expertise and resources that are around them to explore areas of interest, get different perspectives, examine them critically, and work their way to their own conclusions in a disciplined way. They learn how to give and get peer review and how to collaborate and provide critical feedback.

Corporate Training

I work with clients to develop clear, prompt and honest communications with the media and the general public.

I educate on the perils of spin and the importance of transparency and ethics in how corporate actions are presented to the public.

I train corporate executives in crisis communications and best practices on camera and in conversation with the media and the community.

Nonprofit/Aspiring Political Candidate Training


Some of the attendees at the 2017 Hawaii Alliance of Nonprofit Organizations (HANO) conference. I participated on a panel with Beth Ann Kozlovich of Hawaii Public Radio to talk about how nonprofits work with broadcast media.

As a member of conference panels or as a standalone speaker or workshop facilitator, I train nonprofits  and those wishing to enter public service to build discipline and purpose in their communications. They learn through examples and practice how to better communicate the story of their mission to the media, to the general public, to funders, and to those they serve.This is critical to the challenges they face, whether it is getting elected,  building capacity or raising funds.


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