Dr Nālani Wilson-Hokowhitu

Nālani Wilson-Hokowhitu

Teaching Fellow

Qualifications: Doctor of Philosophy (University of Otago), Master of Arts (Center for Pacific Islands Studies - University of Hawaiʻi, Mānoa), Bachelor of Arts (Indigenous Studies - University of Wisconsin, Madison)

Iwi: Kānaka Maoli

About Nālani

Dr. Nālani Wilson-Hokowhitu (she/her) is a Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian) multicultural, global citizen. She is presently lecturing Pacific History at the University of Waikato and working on a Royal Society of New Zealand Te Apārangi Marsden Fast-Start research grant at Ngā Wai a Te Tūī, Māori and Indigenous Research Insititute. Her area of expertise is in  Critical Pacific and Indigenous Studies.

Nālani previously conducted a Research Fellowship at Te Kotahi Research Institute (2016-2020) and has held a Post Doctorate at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada (2012-2015). She completed her doctorate at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand and has worked in the sector of Indigenous Studies for the past twenty years since 1996 upon which time she petitioned for an independent major at the University of Wisconsin, Madison focusing on Indigenous Cultures in Contemporary Society.

She went on to conduct a Master of Arts degree in Pacific Islands Studies at the University of Hawai’i, Mānoa, which brought her to Aotearoa in 2003. After completing her Master of Arts thesis, Nā Wāhine Piko o Moloka’i: Pacific Womens’ Connections to Place, Nālani returned to Aotearoa to complete her doctorate, Nā Mo’okū’auhau Holowa’a: Native Hawaiian Women’s Stories of the Voyaging Canoe Hōkūle’a. Nālani’s work as an artist, curator and scholar is devoted to raising global awareness about critical, innovative and transformative Indigenous futurities.

Papers Taught


Environmental Education; Environmental Ethics; Gender; Health; Indigenous Education; Indigenous Rights; Pacific Issues; Pacific/Pacifica Education; Sustainability