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Program Staff

Dr. Joseph H. Genz, IOA-LSAMP Project Director

Assistant Professor, Anthropology; Coordinator, Pacific Island Studies Certificate (PISC)

Contact: Tel: (808) 932-7267


Courses: Cultural Anthropology, Cultures of Oceania, Change in The Pacific

Research: Understanding and helping to ease tensions that have arisen between recent Micronesian migrants and other communities in Hawaiʻi. Cultural revival of voyaging and navigation in the Marshall Islands.

Dr. Mārata Tamaira, IOA-LSAMP Program Manager; lecturer in Pacific Studies

Contact: Tel: (808) 932-7969


Research: Mārata Ketekiri Tamaira hails from Aotearoa/New Zealand and has genealogical ties with the central North Island tribe of Ngāti Tūwharetoa. She is a Hawai‘i Island-based researcher/writer whose creative and scholarly work focuses on contemporary Hawaiian and Pacific art. She has served as a lecturer in Pacific Islands studies at the University of Hawai‘i and in 2016 co-curated “Kanu Kaho‘olawe: Replanting, Rebirth” in conjunction with the Burke Museum, Seattle. Tamaira’s research interests include tourism in the Pacific, and the politics and aesthetics of contemporary indigenous art.