2024 Forum – “Connecting Voices: Fostering Community Engagement in Research”

A UH Manoa Faculty Puwalu Research Forum in collaboration with the Research Corporation of the University of Hawaii:

Date: Friday, Apr 19, 2024
Time: 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Venue: Information Technology Center (ITC) Conferencing Room 105 A/B. 2520 Correa Road, Honolulu, Hawaii 96822.

Join us for an inspiring dialogue on community engagement in research! Explore how community involvement enhances the relevance, impact, and sustainability of research initiatives across a variety of fields―from conservation to health to social sciences and more. Panelists will share their experiences and discuss innovative strategies and best practices for amplifying community voices in the research process.


Dr. Christopher Sabine, Interim Vice Provost for Research and Scholarship, Professor Oceanography


  • Dr. Pia Arboleda, Professor and Chair of the Indo-Pacific Languages and Literatures
  • Dr. Ruben Juarez, HMSA Endowed Professor – UHERO, Director of the Pacific Alliance Against COVID-19, Professor of Economics
  • Christy Martin, MPA, Program Manager & Information Officer at UH PCSU/Coordinating Group on Alien Pest Species
  • Dr. Donna-Marie Palakiko, Assistant Professor, Nancy Atmospera-Walch School of Nursing, founding partner for the PILI Ohana Partnership
  • JoAnn Tsark, MPH, Core Director of the Community-Engaged Research Core, Ola HAWAII
  • Dr. Mehana Vaughan, Associate Professor, Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management, U.H. Sea Grant College Program, and Hui ʻĀina Momona