Special Events

Talk Story with UH Hilo Assistant Professor of English Patsy Iwasaki about her graphic novel, Hāmākua Hero: A True Plantation Story.

Date: Tuesday, September 19

Time: 4:00 p.m.

Place: UH Hilo campus (free parking)

  • Kilohana Tutoring Center in the Mookini Library, 1st Floor (lower level)

Dr. Patsy Y. Iwasaki

Patsy Y. Iwasaki, Ph.D. received a research grant from the Goto of Hiroshima Foundation which later inspired her to collaborate with artist Berido to create the graphic novel Hāmākua Hero: A True Plantation Story about Katsu Goto, a 19th century labor advocate and key figure in the Japan-Hawai‘i immigration, labor and social evolution narrative. In addition to conducting research and developing educational projects about Goto, she is currently creating and producing a documentary film about him.

Dr. Iwasaki is an assistant professor of English at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo. She received her Ph.D. in Learning Design and Technology from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and also has an M.Ed. in education. Her research interests and teaching practices include instructional design and development, English studies, media writing, migration narratives in graphic novels, documentary film, diversity, place and community-based, culturally relevant resources in education, and cross-cultural exchange and collaboration.

She has conducted extensive research activities, published articles, and given presentations in the United States, Asia, and Europe in these areas. Her teaching and research awards include the UH Hilo Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Koichi and Taniyo Taniguchi Award for Excellence and Innovation. She is active in the community, serving on the boards for several organizations dedicated to diversity, education, and youth.

She balances her work, projects, and family with snacking on dark chocolate and watching The Mandalorian.


Mookini Library is grateful to the UH Hilo Seed Money Grants Program for funds to purchase more than 20 new graphic novels in Spring 2023.