Anthropology: For a Future that Makes a Difference

A Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Anthropology contributes to your growth as a human being and is a great foundation for many exciting careers in archaeology, academia, museums, complementary medicine (acupuncture, naturopathy, chiropractic), biomedicine (doctor, nurse, midwifery), public health, and working in non-government organizations (NGOs) and marketing agencies. Many anthropologists forge paths as culture brokers, mediating heritage land rights, fisheries management, or health-care in hospitals and social services. Combine anthropology with an Education degree and you bring a wealth of information to your elementary or high school classroom. Follow a B.A. in anthropology with a Master’s in Public Health (MPH) and you can assist in the development of health promotion programs in your community. The essence of Anthropology is holism, making the possibilities for an exciting and meaningful future, personally and professionally, endless!

Anthropology Alumni

Marina Kelley

Graduated Spring 2015


Marina is currently a research assistant on two projects in Anthropology: Human-Dog Health Study in Hawaiʻi and Natural Disasters and Resiliency in Lower Puna.

Lokelani Brandt

Graduated Fall 2012


Loke is currently a lecturer in Hawaiian Studies and Hawaiian Language at Hawaiʻi Community College’s Hawaiʻi Life Styles program. She is also a candidate in the M.A. Hetirage Management Program at UH Hilo.

Johanna (Jojo) Hill

Graduated with a B.A. in Anthropology and Certificate in Women’s Studies


Jojo is currently working as a research assistant at UH Hilo in the Department of Anthropology’s Human-Dog Health Study in Hawaiʻi.

Keely Kauʻilani Rivera

Graduated Spring 2013


Keely is currently a graduate candidate at UH Mānoa, studying Applied Archaeology and an archaeologist for Nohopapa Hawaiʻi, LLC.

Halena Kapuni-Reynolds

Graduated Spring 2013


Halena is currently a graduate student at the University of Denver and a 2015 Native American Fellow at the Peabody Essex Museum.

Christina Cauley

Graduated Spring 2015 in Anthropology and Geology


Christina won Anthropology’s “Most Outstanding Student Award” in 2015 and was a member of the Kūikapiko Anthropology Club from 2012–15. She is currently pursuing graduate studies.

Mandy Roome

Graduated Spring 2011


Mandy is at Binghamton University pursuing a Ph.D. in Biomedical Anthropology. Current research includes lyme disease risk in built environments and chronic disease risk from physical activity levels in Vanuatu.

Pūlama Lima

Graduated 2012


Pūlama is currently in the Ph.D. program at UH Mānoa Anthropology Department specializing in Hawaiian and Pacific Archaeology and works as an archaeologist for Nohopapa Hawaiʻi and others.