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Mehana  Vaughan

Name :

Mehana Vaughan

Title :

Associate Professor

Unit :

Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management

Address :

1910 East-West Road
                  Honolulu, HI 96822

Room :

Sherman Lab 223

Phone :

(808) 956-8901

Fax :

(808) 956-6539

E-mail :

Website :

Specialties :

Community, education, facilitation, Hawaiian resource management

Professional Prep/Appointments :

Ph.D. Environment and Natural Resources
Stanford University, 2012

M.Ed. Education and Curriculum Studies,
University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, 2003

B.A. Sociology and Certification to Teach Secondary Social Studies
Harvard University, 1998

Projects :

See website for updated list of current projects.


NREM 620:  Kaiāulu, Collaborative Care and Management of Natural Resources
NREM 491:  Resource Issues and Ethics in Natural Resources (Team taught with HWST 458)
NREM 701:  Research Seminar
NREM 494:  Environmental Problem Solving
NREM 491:  Hoʻokahua, Āina Based Leadership Education (Through Outreach College)

Professional Interests :

I study interactions between people and the environment, particularly how people use, care for and make decisions about natural resources at the local level.  I work with a consortium of scholars across the university who focus on inter-disciplinary solutions to natural and cultural resource management, food security and sustainability. Our efforts aim to enhance capacity of local communities to care for the resources that sustain them. 

Selected Publications :

Vaughan, M.  Kaiāulu – Community, the Growing Sea; Lessons from Lives Lived in Place. Oregon State University Press.  Submitted June 2017

Sato, A, Vaughan, M and Price, M.  Indigenous Ecological Knowledge and the Preservation of Kāhuli, an Endangered Family of Hawaiian Tree Snails.”  Society and Natural Resources.  Submitted February 2017. 

Vaughan, M. (2017) “E wili i ka lei aloha ʻāina:  Wili Lei as research approach.  Moʻokūʻauhau, “Sailing Into the Future, Guided By the Past.”  Indigenous Research Methodologies. University of Minnesota Press.  Editor Nalani Wilson-Hokowhitu.

Vaughan, M., B. Thompson, & A. Ayers. (2016). Pāwehe Ke Kai a ‘o Hā ‘ena: Creating State Law based on Customary Indigenous Norms of Coastal Management. Society & Natural Resources, 1-16. 

Vaughan, M., & A. Ayers. (2016). Customary Access: Sustaining Local Control of Fishing and Food on Kaua ‘i’s North Shore. Food, Culture & Society, 19(3), 517-538.

Vaughan, M. (2015).  Moʻolelo ʻĀina:  Stories of A Place,” ‘Āina Based Environmental Research Hawaiinuiakea: Methodologies for Conducting Research in Indigenous Communities, Volume IV, UH Press.  Editors Kapa Oliveira and Erin Kahunawai Wright.  

Vaughan, M. and M. Caldwell (2015).  Hana Paʻa: Challenges and Lessons for Early Phases of Collaborative Coastal Management. ”  Marine Policy.  Volume 62 (2015), 51-62. 

Vaughan, M. (2014).  Āina (Land), That Which Feeds: Researching Community Based Natural Resource Management at Home.  Giving Back, A Special Issue of The Journal of Research Practice.  Editors Alice Kelly and Clare Gupta.  Volume 10, Issue 2, Article N19, 2014. 

Vaughan, M. (2014).  “He Alo a he Alo:  Talking Story with Aunty Puanani Burgess.” A Nation Rising: Hawaiian Movements for Life, Land and Sovereignty, Duke University Press.  Editors Noelani Goodyear Ka’ōpua, Kahunawai Wright and Ikaika Hussey. 

Vaughan, M. and P. Vitousek. (2013) “Māhele: Sustaining Communities Through Small-Scale Inshore Fishery Catch and Sharing Networks.”  Pacific Science, Volume 67, Issue 3.

Vaughan, M. and N. Ardoin.  (2013)  "Pāwehe ke Kai o Hāʻena: Implications of Visitor and Resident Perceptions of Place for Restoration of Community Based Natural Resource Management."  Journal of Sustainable Tourism.  DOI:  10.1080/09669582.2013.802326 

Languages :

ʻŌlelo Hawaii, English