(taken from the UH article: https://coe.hawaii.edu/about/news/2016/04/coe-alumna-receives-national-recognition-dissertation)
Puakailima Davis KSK’00, who earned her PhD in education from the College of Education (COE), is the winner a 2016 American Educational Research Association (AERA) Outstanding Dissertation Recognition Award. Davis was selected for using innovative methods, integrating relevant research and theory, and contributing to the area of study for other researchers and practitioners. She was recognized during AERA’s annual meeting in Washington D.C.
An indigenous research analyst and drama educator, Davis also earned a master’s degree in educational administration from the COE. Her doctoral dissertation, Ha‘i Mo‘olelo a me Hana Keaka: Re-imagining arts educational standards as culturally driven storytelling and drama for Hawaii’s children, indicates how culturally based drama-driven storytelling can enhance student understanding of cultural values and practices associated with a Hawaiian kuana‘ike (perspective).