Welina Mai!​

The Māpuna Lab’s virtual summer training series on adopting cultural anchors for substance use treatment and prevention strategies. This series provides a tri-lens cultural view of substance use emphasizing “The Impacts of Colonization on Ahupuaʻa. Conceptualization, V3.0” framework that recently launched with the Hawaiʻi State Plan for the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division of the Department of Health.


Institute for Research & Engaged Scholarship

University of Hawai‘i–West O‘ahu’s Institute for Research & Engaged Scholarship (IRES) serves the public good through active collaboration with community partners to improve learning experiences and outcomes for UHWO undergraduates. IRES supports faculty innovation teaching and applied community-engaged research and undergraduate research experience that leads to community transformation.

IRES provides institutional support and resources to support innovative project development focused on applied research for the classroom, for the community and ultimately for social transformation. IRES will establish guiding principles aligned to campus and strategic outcomes and involve faculty to carry out the shared kuleana of engaging community within our teaching, research and learning as an institution. By so doing we differentiate our campus and strengthen our faculty profiles and improve our student outcomes.

How we can help

Guiding Principles for Programs and Projects

IRES engages and connects faculty, students and community stakeholders through groundbreaking, collaborative research and initiatives.

  • Engage faculty, staff and students in interrelated, transdisciplinary and innovative scholarship.
  • Foster systemic impact and transformative outcomes.
  • Empower participants in scholarship that is collaborative and participatory.
  • Strengthen and increase community access to our campus’ expertise including faculty, programs, and resources.
  • Address campus and/or community needs that connect teaching, research, and service to redefine a scholars’ work as generating, disseminating, applying, and preserving knowledge for the direct benefit of the communities we serve.