This program is designed to transcend traditional academic boundaries and to focus on cross-disciplinary solutions to natural and cultural resource management, sustainability and food security issues facing Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders, and other Indigenous communities integrating contemporary and traditional Hawaiian knowledge and practices. Responsible for this cluster is a group of UH faculty members who include Greg Chun, an associate specialist at UH Mānoa.
Chun is a non-traditional academic coming to the University after years in the private sector. Prior to joining UH Mānoa in 2013 he was employed at The Kamehameha Schools, where he served as president of Bishop Holdings Corporation, the estate’s for-profit development and investment subsidiary. He later moved to the education division as vice president of the Keauhou-Kahaluʻu Education Group. He managed a real estate and financial portfolio exceeding $500M and oversaw a restructuring plan resulting in a return of capital to the parent company of $30M. He was also responsible for the restoration and stewardship of several significant cultural sites in the ahupuaʻa of Kahaluʻu in West Hawaiʻi, and for developing a portfolio of innovative ‘āina-based learning programs that broadened KS’s educational reach in the region while contributing to the estate’s economic interests at the Keauhou Resort.