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Associate Professor of History

Originally from Waimea, Hawaiʻi Island, Kealani Cook is a historian who began working at UH West Oʻahu in Fall 2015.  His published work focuses on ties between Hawaiʻi and the Pacific.

Ph.D. History 
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, 2011

M.A. History 
University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, 2005

B.S. Civil Engineering, College of Engineering 
University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, 1999

2020-Present: Associate Professor, Humanities Department
University of Hawaiʻi–West Oʻahu

2015-2020: Assistant Professor, Humanities Department
University of Hawaiʻi–West Oʻahu

2011-2014: Instructor, Humanities Department
University of Hawai‘i Maui College

2011: Lecturer, History Department
Hawai‘i Pacific University

  • Hist/Hpst 284 Intro to Hawaiian History
  • Hist/Hpst 288 Survey of Pacific Islands History
  • Hist/Hpst 384 19th Century Hawaiian History
  • Hist 387 Crime and Corruption in Modern Hawaiʻi
  • Hist 484 Pacific Islanders in WWII
  • Hist 485 Pacific Island Connections
  • Hist/Hpst 488 20th Century Hawaiian History
  • Hist 363 20th Century US Pop, Mass, and Counter Culture
  • Hist 379 US Empire
  • Hist 316 Asian American History

“Burning the Gods: Mana, Iconoclasm, and Christianity in Oceania,” Violence and Indigenous Communities:Confronting the Past and Engaging the Present, ed. Susan Sleeper-Smith, Jeffrey Ostler, and Joshua Reid, Northwestern University Press, 2021

“Defining the Empire: American Political Rhetoric in the Early Territory, 1898-1903,” Social Process in Hawaiʻi 46, 2020

Return To Kahiki: Native Hawaiians in Oceania (Studies in North American Indian History), Cambridge University Press, 2018

“Ke Ao a me Ka Pō: Postmillennial Thought and Native Hawaiian Foreign Mission Work.” American Quarterly. 67:3. 2015.

Review of A Nation Rising: Hawaiian Movements for Life, Land, and Sovereignty, by Goodyear-Ka‘opua, Hussey, and Wright, Journal of American History. 102:2. 2015.

“He Manuhiri no Hawaiʻi,” Te Pouhere Korero 7. 2014.

“Kalākaua's Polynesian Confederacy: Teaching World History in Hawai‘i and Hawai‘i in World History," World History Connected. 2011.

“Kahiki: Native Hawaiian Relationships with Other Pacific Islanders, 1850-1915.”

“The Fragile Masculinity of Jack Tar: Gender and English-Speaking Sailors, 1750-1850.”