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My main expertise is in Political Philosophy and its intersection with Ecology, Ethnography, Indigenous Epistemology, Cosmology, Peace, and Transhuman Consciousness.
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Associate Professor of Political Science

Hailing from Hiroshima, Japan, Masahide Kato has been on a life long quest for a planetary paradigm of peace, which intersected with Hawaiʻi first in his early teens and later in his mid-twenties both as an exchange student.  During his graduate studies, his peace education/activism background led him to immerse himself in the Hawaiian sovereignty movement where he gained insight into the revolution of consciousness.  He began his pedagogic work at Leeward Community College, Waianae Moku in search for indigenous epistemology that is in harmony with all life forces (i.e., “pono”).  With his background in literature, anthropology, and political science, he has explored the intersection of culture and politics both in pedagogy and research.  Besides his academic work, he volunteers for Na Kupuna a me Na Kakoʻo O Hālawa protecting sacred sites at Hālawa valley and for Diverse Arts Center educating youngsters on the true meaning and function of hip hop culture. 

Ph.D. Political Science
University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, 1999

M.A. Social-Cultural Anthropology
Hiroshima University, 1989

M.A. Political Science
University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, 1988

B.A. English and American Studies
Kobe University of Foreign Studies, 1985 

2012-2014: Lecturer, Poltical Science and Ethnic Studies
University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

2009-2012: Lecturer in Political Science and Cultural Anthropology
Windward Community College

2008-2011: Lecurer in Political Science and Cultural Anthropology
Leeward Community College

  • POLS/HPST 381 Hawaiʻi Politics
  • POLS 330 American Politics
  • POLS 110 Introduction to Political Science
  • POLS 378 The Meaning of Mass Media
  • POLS 302 Political Philosophy
  • POLS 326 Environmental Politics
  • SSCI 317 Fieldwork and Qualitative Methods
  • SSCI 402 Legislative Internship

“In the Footsteps of Ancestors: Holistic Healing at the Kaʻala Farm Cultural Center, Oʻahu, Hawaiʻi,” The International Journal of Health, Welness, and Society, vol. 13 no. 1 (2022)

"Kaʻala Farm (a.k.a., Kaala Farm Cultural Learning Center) and Lāhui Consciousness," ʻImi Naʻauao: Hawaiian Way of Knowing and Well-bing, UH West Oʻahu, 2019.

“Hawaiian Style Graffiti and the Questions of Sovereignty, Law and Ecology,” AlterNative: An International Journal of Indigenous Peoples, vol 14, no. 1 (2018)

“Community Resonance: Indigenous Epistemology and the Learning Community at UH West Oʻahu,” Learning Communities Research and Practice, vol. 6, issue 1 (2018).

From Kung Fu to Hip Hop: Globalization, Revolution, and Popular Culture (New York: State University of New York Press, 2007).

“Ontological Decolonization: Learning from Hawaiian Sovereignty,” The Independent Scholar, vol. xx, no. 2 (Winter 2006).

“Burning Asia: Bruce Lee’s Kinetic Narrative of Decolonization,” Modern Chinese Literature and Culture, vol. 17, no. 1 (Spring, 2005).

“Ranshao zhong de ya zhou: Li Xiaolung de tuo zhimin de dongli xushu,” trans. Ching Hay Deng, Chung Wai Literary Monthly, vol. 34, no. 1 (June, 2005).

“Nuclear Globalism: Traversing Rockets, Satellites, and Nuclear War via the Strategic Gaze,” Alternatives, vol. 18, no. 3 (Summer, 1993).