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Nalani Minton, MA, BS

IKE AO PONO Director & Assistant Specialist

School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene
University of Hawaii at Manoa
2528 McCarthy Mall, Webster Hall 222B
Honolulu, Hawaii 96822
Phone: 808-956-5504
Fax: 808-956-3257

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In September, 2010, Nālani and her brother, Dr. Kekuni Minton are invited to present their work on Cultural Healing from Intergenerational Trauma at the Healing Our Spirit Worldwide Indigenous Health Conference sponsored by Papa Ola Lōkahi

In August, 2010 ‘IKE AO PONO supported the enrollment of 110 Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander nursing students for the Fall 2010 semester in all levels of nursing programs at the SONDH, achieving the highest enrollment of native students to date

In July, 2010, ‘IKE AO PONO was featured in a lead article in Ka Wai Ola, the OHA
publication and Nālani was a featured speaker on the new OHA radio program

In June, 2010 Nālani received tenure at the UHSONDH as the first Native Hawaiian faculty member in the almost 80 year history of the SONDH

In May, 2010, Nālani helped to celebrate the graduation of 107 Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander nurses through the support of the ‘IKE AO PONO program which she directs.

This achievement was noted in the US Congressional record by Sen. Inouye on 5/7/10

In 2008, Nālani Minton was presented with the Excellence in Community Health Award for ‘IKE AO PONO. From 2006 to 2008, she received the Inspirational Teaching Award from ‘IKE AO PONO and the School of Nursing. In 2007, the School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene gave the Merit Award for Innovative Teaching in Health and Education to Nālani.


MA, Maharishi International University, Ayur Vedic Sciences and Medicine
MA, Antioch University, Clinical Psychology and Human Development
BS, University of Maryland, Pre-Med
AA, Montgomery College, Pre-Med

Teaching Focus

Cultural wisdom and values as a core guide in fulfilling personal life purposes and community service, Nuturing a consciousness of well-being, Cultural healing practices in recovery from intergenerational trauma

Recent Publications

Minton, N. & Paikui-Stride M. (2008). Taro roots run deep: Hawaiian restoration of sacred foods and communities. M. K. Nelson, (Ed) Original instructions: indigenous teachings for a sustainable future. Rochester, Vt.: Bear & Company

Minton, N. (2005) Ahupua‘a sustainability. Hawaii Island Journal.

Funded Grants

Kamehameha Advanced Public Health Nursing Program
University of Hawai‘i School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene and Kamehameha Schools
Funded 2008 – 2011 for $3,116,152
Co-Principal Investigator

Queen’s Medical Center, Honolulu, Hawai‘i
Funded 2008 to 2011 for $ $270,000
Principal Investigator and Program Director

Program for the Retention of Nursing Students (PRNs)
Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
Funded 2008 to 2011 for $971,857
Associate Investigator

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