CoBE advising model featured in national business education publication

Wednesday, May 5, 2021, 5:43am by

In the May issue of AACSB Insights, the online publication of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, Helen Tien and Emmeline de Pillis discuss CoBE’s new Kaʻipualei advising model. The model has received rave reviews from students and faculty. It has also cut drop-without-degree rates in half and stabilized CoBE enrollment.

In this new model, one person is designated as the Academic Success Coach (ASC), an instructor whose primary service obligation is advising students. In this way, advising becomes a top priority for one faculty member, rather than a low priority for everyone. Students have a single main point of contact for their advising questions.

Aren’t there already a lot of advising resources on campus?

There are. And being confronted with a lot of options can be overwhelming. Having the Academic Success Coach as a primary point of contact reduces confusion and the sense of getting the runaround. Students are able to enjoy the benefits of the resources we have on campus.

How does Kaʻipualei work within the university?

At the university level, professional advisors are still the first stop for incoming students. Because the ASC has built productive relationships with the professional advisors, the sophomore-year handoff is a smoother and more personalized process. In addition, because the ASC teaches required courses, the students are likely to know her already as an instructor when they come in for advising. The ASC provides academic and career advising to CoBE majors, minors, and certificate-seekers. She also pre-screens student requests for prerequisite overrides, helps students plan their course schedules, participates in campuswide outreach activities, performs unofficial graduation checks, and works with other offices to resolve students’ issues.

While the ASC is the central point of contact for business students, she frequently directs them to other people on campus with the right expertise. But she calls ahead to find the right office and individual to address each student’s issue.

Do professors still mentor students?

The ASC lifts the burden of technical advising from professors. Faculty no longer have to puzzle their way through gen-ed transfer questions, graduation checks, or other technical issues. Professors still can mentor students within their areas of expertise—and they now have more time to do so.

Advising undergraduate students is a big job, especially when up to half of incoming students are transferring from somewhere else. Students need guidance on major selection, course options, campus resources, graduation requirements, housing and financial aid possibilities, scholarship and exchange opportunities, and job prospects.


Read more about CoBE’s Kaʻipualei advising model at AACSB Insights. AACSB International is the premier accrediting agency for programs in business administration and accounting.

Dr. Angela Fa’anunu’s Farm Trails App goes live! Explore farms, ranches and farmer’s markets throughout Hawaii.

Friday, April 23, 2021, 5:34am by

Information on Hawai‘i’s agritourism operations can now be accessed in the palm of your hand.

Hawaii Farm Trails (HFT) launched a new smartphone app that provides statewide information on not only agritourism but local farmer’s markets and ways to give back to the community through ‘āina-based activities.

“The Hawaii Farm Trails app release has been timed with Earth Day, April 22, to honor the environmental regenerative values of the social enterprise and to celebrate the start of a partnership with the Polynesian Voyaging Society on a statewide food tree planting project that will occur as Hokulea prepares for its upcoming Moananuiakea Voyage,” an HFT press release states.

Additionally, through this new platform, HFT states farms and numerous agricultural businesses are able to deliver more purposeful and relevant Hawai‘i experiences to visitors.

“The incorporation of agritourism provides a deeper understanding of the symbiotic relationship between increasing local agriculture and creating a more sustainable economy for Hawai‘i,” the release states.

HFT founders and farming sisters, Kālisi Mausio and Angela Fa’anunu, believe that “keeping farms in business is the key to improving our food security and is the basis for our resilience as an island community.”


HFT co-founder Dr. Angela Fa’anunu is a researcher and practitioner of sustainable indigenous and agricultural tourism. You are invited to join TOUR 350, Introduction to Sustainable Tourism, May 24-June 18 Weekdays 8:45-11:00am, online. Course participants will think beyond conventional mass tourism to consider socioeconomic and environmental sustainability, specifically around agritourism and indigenous tourism. This course covers real, practical strategies used in communities around the world. Sign up for TOUR 350 and other summer executive program offerings HERE. To register for college credit, go HERE.

Register for CoBE summer courses today!

Wednesday, April 14, 2021, 5:12am by

The UH Hilo Summer 2021 Business and Economics Program takes advantage of our experienced and qualified faculty. The high quality of our AACSB-accredited curriculum, coupled with our small class sizes and personal attention to students, makes the CoBE Summer Program at UH Hilo a great way to keep your knowledge and skills up to date.

REGISTER for College Credit Summer Session


Session 1 May 24 – June 18

MGT 300 11085 WI/Mgt, Orgs & Human Behavior Tien Required CoBE Core Course
MKT 494 11090 Digital Transformation: Business Development and Marketing Tien Executive Programs Option
QBA 260 11088 Business Statistics Furumo Required CoBE Core Course
QBA 300 11089 Operations Management Furumo Required CoBE Core Course
ECON 131 11084 Intro to Macroeconomics Mohammadian Required CoBE Core Course
Bus 394 11190 Career Exploration in MGT Tien Executive Programs Option
QBA 465 11204 Social Media Analytics for Business Hong Executive Programs Option
TOUR 350 11217 Intro to Sustainable Tourism Fa`anunu Executive Programs Option


Session 2 June 21 – July 30

BUS 100 11082 Intro To Business Zenk  Lower-Division CoBE Elective
BUS 494 11203 Business Ethics and Environmental Ethics Zenk Upper-Division CoBE Elective
MGT 490 11087 WI/Strategic Management Inouye Required CoBE Core Course
ECON 130 11202 Intro to Microeconomics Czarski Required CoBE Core Course

CoBE alum lands dream job using Econ, Communication, and English skills

Thursday, March 25, 2021, 5:00am by

Seth Master graduated in December with honors with degrees in Economics and Communication and a certificate in Creative Writing.  These qualifications opened many different career paths to him, but he had a very specific goal.  He wanted to stay on Hawaii Island and use his education to help uplift families and community.

Master took a position as Employment Counselor for Goodwill Hawaii. Goodwill Hawaii is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit charity that helps people with employment barriers to reach their full potential and become self-sufficient.

“This position allows me to interact personally with clients and connect them to the help they need,” he says. This help can be skill-building, tuition assistance, job search support, help with acculturation, or other types of career-related assistance. “I get to use my experience from UH Hilo being the most culturally diverse university to my advantage as I interact with people from all over the world.”

Master says all three areas of study have come into play in his new position.

“I am thankful for my econ professors who helped me understand the flow and nature of money as I now counsel members of our society who are hurting,” he says, “and for the communication department for equipping me to communicate inter-culturally and effectively. My English professors will be proud to hear that I write  and personalized employment plans for families, in addition to completing tons of paperwork!”

For those still in school, Master advises focusing on the big picture, and looking outward and forward:

“Keep your heads up in the trying time of continued online class work. It won’t be like this forever. Find out what you can do to take steps towards a better tomorrow now and then take those steps! Be the leaders and the creative minds Hawaii deserves and let’s build up our local economy!”

Goodwill Hawaii’s employment services are available free of charge to eligible families.

CoBE gets a kitten. Kitten gets a home.

Friday, March 12, 2021, 5:09am by

The UH Hilo College of Business and Economics building has been quiet during the pandemic. Faculty are conducting research and teaching from their offices, and staff are keeping things running. But courses are all online this semester, and visitors are not allowed on campus. The only sounds are the crowing and clucking of our campus chickens, and the occasional roar of a lawnmower or leaf blower.

But one day last month, when Sukhwa Hong, Professor of Data Science, was walking to his office, he found he had an unexpected companion. A tiny kitten with big  gray ears was following him.

Dr. Hong immediately brought his new friend to the office of his colleague, Amir Mohammadian, Professor of Economics. Dr. Mohammadian, as luck would have it, happens to be married to a veterinarian, Dr. Mashid Ansari. Dr. Ansari took the kitten to her workplace, Aloha Vet, for a checkup.

There they did an exam and some blood work. The kitten had a respiratory infection, some internal parasites, and fleas. Dr. Mohammadian and Dr. Ansari brought the kitten home, cleaned her up, and fostered her.

As soon as the kitten was recovered, she found a permanent home. One of Dr. Ansari’s colleagues at Aloha Vet adopted her and named her Roux (pronounced “Roo.”) Roux is healthy and thriving in her new home!


CoBE Alum Leads March 8 Financial Literacy Workshop

Wednesday, March 3, 2021, 3:24am by

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Have you thought about making a budget or setting financial goals, but you are not sure where to start? College of Business and Economics alumna Siniva Pota  (BBA, MBA) will lead a free online workshop on financial literacy on March 8, at 5pm Hawai’i time. Learn how to budget, save, and make the most of your money for you and your family. In honor of International Women’s Day in Hawai’i and the Pacific. Sponsored by Pacific Island student clubs including Kuikapiko Anthropology club, T.O.S Samoan club, and Ngelekel Belau club. Open to all who are interested.



People, Prosperity, or Environment? Location predicts business students’ attitudes toward U.N. Sustainable Development Goals

Monday, March 1, 2021, 1:47am by

Sustainable Development Goals and Management Education

In September 2015, the United Nations adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with an agenda calling for a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity. Recognizing how important sustainability was to business education, the U.N. created the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) initiative in order to “realize the Sustainable Development Goals through responsible management education.”

What do business and management students think?


CoBE student interns at high-profile business-news startup Morning Brew

Thursday, February 25, 2021, 12:01am by

Amidst the dire stories of media’s decline, business news startup Morning Brew is a rare success story.  Its daily newsletter, serving bite-sized business news, has a growing subscriber base and is making a profit.

CoBE student Mika Odaira started as a Morning Brew subscriber.  From reading the newsletter, she learned a lot about business news that she didn’t catch on TV or online. She was so impressed with the publication that she decided to apply for an internship. And she got it!


Ms. Odaira quickly found that in this fast-paced startup environment it was up to her to produce results, with very little hand-holding.

“At first I was a bit put off by this and I thought the experience wouldn’t amount to much,” she says. “But I realized that this is probably what work will be like once I graduate. No one will hold my hand and point me to the next step. It’s up to me to take initiative and market myself well.”

In CoBE we encourage and support internships for students who want them. They’re a great way to gain experience and forge a pathway to a job after graduation.  And not all internships are the same.

“Internships can come in all types from instruction-heavy ones to more open ended ones like this,” Ms. Odaira says. “My advice for my peers is to be ready for many types of work environments. For those like myself who are more introverted and find it hard to take initiative, try to keep in mind that as uncomfortable as some of these experiences may be, the personal growth we gain through this is key to success.”

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CoBE Econ Professor Keisuke Nakao Honored for Research on Two-Front War

Monday, February 15, 2021, 2:28am by

Dr. Keisuke Nakao, Associate Professor of Economics, was selected to receive the 4th Walter Isard Annual Award for the year 2020’s best article in Peace Economics Peace Science and Public Policy (PEPS). PEPS is a scholarly journal whose aim is promoting and disseminating the study of peace economics. Walter Isard, after whom the award is named, was the journal’s founder. The journal’s editor-in-chief and associate editors voted unanimously to award best paper status to Dr. Nakao’s  “Rationalist Explanations for Two-Front War,” describing it as “brilliant theoretical work.”

Advancing our understanding of conflict among three or more states

While theorists in International Relations have developed a number of models of war fought between two states, they have devoted much less efforts to modeling war among three or more states presumably because of difficulties with modeling multilateral interactions. By focusing on a particular form of war—two-front war—where a state at the center is fought by two enemies at opposing peripheries, the article addresses why war can break out in one front and then spread to the other. Because a war in one front can affect the war outcome in the other through the shift of military balance, a peripheral state may preventively join the war ongoing in the other front to leverage its power (e.g., Napoleonic Wars), or the central state may preemptively initiate war in one front to establish its preponderance in the other (e.g., World War I). These findings echo the concern that a multi-polar system may not be so stable as the bipolar system that existing models of war commonly presume.

Economics is about more than just supply and demand curves

Dr. Nakao’s research illustrates the expansive reach of the economics field. Economics principles can be applied to business, government, education, international aid, and personal finance, among other things.

Economics, at its very heart, is the study of people. It seeks to explain what drives human behaviour, decisions and reactions when faced with difficulties or successes. ~ Dr. Yu-Hsiang Lei, London School of Economics

The College of Business and Economics offers a BBA with a concentration in Applied Economics, a minor in Economics, and  Economics courses a la carte. In the fall of 2021, in addition to introductory and intermediate microeconomics and macroeconomics, we will offer ECON 430 Quantitative Forecasting, and ECON 482 Natural Resource Environmental Economics.

About Dr. Nakao

Dr. Keisuke Nakao is Associate Professor of Economics in the College of Business and Economics. He received his Ph.D. in Economics with an emphasis on Game Theory and Political Economy from Boston University. His research interests center on Positive Theory of International Politics. Dr. Nakao has published in such outlets as Journal of Peace Research; Journal of Theoretical Politics; Economics & Politics; B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy; Defence & Peace Economics; Peace Economics, Peace Science, & Public Policy; Review of Law & Economics; Economics Bulletin; Economics of Peace & Security Journal; and Asian Journal of Law & Economics. He is currently working on game-theoretic analyses of armed conflict.

CoBE hosts international education conference, ICEDS 2021, March 9-11

Monday, February 8, 2021, 12:51am by

The submission date for papers and presentations has passed, but you can still sign up to attend the 2nd International Conference on Education Development and Studies, (ICEDS 2021) hosted by the College of Business and Economics at UH Hilo.

The International Conference on Education Development and Studies (ICEDS) is an international refereed conference dedicated to the advancement of the theory and practice of education. The ICEDS promotes collaborative excellence between academicians and professionals from Education, aiming. to build strong networks of leading researchers and pioneers in education worldwide.  The conference will be held online.  This allows people to attend without regard to travel restrictions, air and lodging expenses, or safety concerns.

Register to attend the conference HERE.