Hafa Adai

Aloha and Håfa Adai!

I am a native Chamoru of Guåhan(Guam), the largest of the islands in the Marianas chain in the western Pacific. I am one of nine children born to Paul Mitsuo Hattori and Fermina Leon Guerrero Perez Hattori; Familian Titang. I reside in East Honolulu on the island of O’ahu with my husband and son.

I hold a B.Ed. and Professional Diploma in Secondary Social Studies with a concentration in Pacific Islands History, an M.Ed. in Educational Technology, and an Ed.D. in Professional Educational Practice from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.

I am a Scholarship Program Specialist with the East-West Center’s Education Program.  Prior to that, I served as Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at Chaminade University from 2017-2019 and was Outreach Director for the Center for Pacific Islands Studies at the University of Hawai’i-Mānoa from 2015-2017 and from 2002-2015, was a faculty member at Kapi’olani Community College where as the Coordinator for the Center for Excellence in Learning, Teaching and Technology.

My academic interests include culturally responsive education and leadership, leadership development, and indigenous research methodologies. My dissertation examines culturally responsive educational technology practices.  I am a community organizer, public speaker, author, and poet.