Studying Peace and Conflict Resolution at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa is a unique opportunity for ethnic and cultural pluralism. Building on Hawai'i's cultural heritage, our program features an appreciation of the diverse cultural perspectives that Asians and Pacific Islanders bring to the study of peace and conflict resolution.
Hawai'i has a national reputation for its widespread practice of mediation, meeting facilitation, and conciliation. The State of Hawai'i was one of the first four states in the nation to have a state office of dispute resolution located in the Judiciary; the Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution. In addition, following indigenous dispute resolution practices, such as ho'oponopono has added to Hawai'i's reputation as a leader in the field.
The Hawai'i Mediation Model, developed at the Institute, is foundational to alternative dispute resolution (ADR) processes practiced in the State and has inspired many institutions and ADR organizations nationally. The Mediation Center of the Pacific was founded on the Hawai'i model and still uses it today to train volunteers.