The 5th IAFOR International Conference on Sustainability, Energy & the Environment – Hawaii

Join us online for IICSEEHawaii2021

January 06-10, 2021 | Held online from Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

Special Announcement: IICSEEHawaii2021 will be held Online

Due to continued uncertainties surrounding the ongoing global coronavirus pandemic, IAFOR has made the decision to hold IICSEEHawaii2021 entirely online via Zoom.

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Aloha and welcome to the beautiful island of Oahu, home to The IAFOR International Conference on Sustainability, Energy & the Environment – Hawaii (IICSEEHawaii), and The IAFOR International Conference on Education (IICEHawaii).

Held in partnership with the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, this international conference encourages academics and scholars to meet and exchange ideas and views in a forum stimulating respectful dialogue, by bringing together university scholars working throughout Hawai'i, the United States, Asia, and beyond to share ideas and research at the intersection of education and sustainability. This event will afford an exceptional opportunity for renewing old acquaintances, making new contacts, networking, and facilitating partnerships across national and disciplinary borders.

Since its founding in 2009, IAFOR has brought people and ideas together in a variety of events and platforms to promote and celebrate interdisciplinary study, and underline its importance. Over the past year we have engaged in many cross-sectoral projects, including those with universities (the University of Barcelona, Hofstra University, UCL, University of Belgrade and Moscow State University), think tanks (the East-West Center), as well as collaborative projects with the United Nations in New York, and the Government of Japan through the Prime Minister’s office, and right here in Honolulu with the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa for this conference!

With the IAFOR Research Centre at the Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP) at Osaka University, we have engaged in a number of interdisciplinary initiatives we believe will have an important impact on domestic and international public policy conversations. It is through conferences like these that we expand our network and partners, and we have no doubt that IICSEEHawaii2021 and IICEHawaii2021 will offer a remarkable opportunity for the sharing of research and best practice, for the meeting of people and ideas. We expect the resultant professional and personal collaborations to endure for many years, and we look forward to seeing you in Honolulu!

The 5th IAFOR International Conference on Sustainability, Energy & the Environment – Hawaii (IICSEEHawaii2021) will be held alongside The 5th IAFOR International Conference on Education – Hawaii (IICEHawaii2021), and many of the sessions will concentrate on areas at the intersection of education and sustainability. In keeping with IAFOR’s commitment to interdisciplinary study, delegates at either conference are encouraged to attend sessions in other disciplines. Registration for either conference will allow delegates to attend sessions in the other.

– The IICSEEHawaii2021 Organising Committee

Failautusi ‘Tusi’ Avegalio, University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, USA
Joseph Haldane, The International Academic Forum (IAFOR), Japan
Curtis Ho, University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, USA
Barbara Lockee, Virginia Tech, USA
James W. McNally, University of Michigan, USA & NACDA Program on Aging
Alex Means, University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, USA
Michael Menchaca, University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, USA
Sela V. Panapasa, University of Michigan, USA
Hiagi M. Wesley, Brigham Young University – Hawaii, USA
Xu Di, University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, USA

Key Information
  • Location & Venue: Online from Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
  • Dates: Wednesday, January 06, 2021 ​to Sunday, January 10, 2021
  • Final Abstract Submission Deadline: October 31, 2020
  • Registration Deadline for Presenters: December 02, 2020

Keynote Speakers

  • Christine R. Yano
    Christine R. Yano
    University of Hawai`i, USA

Our Response to the Ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) Global Pandemic

Present, Publish, Participate On-site or Online

Continued excellence in service, wherever you are

Our commitment to you; academics, scholars and educators around the world, is to continue to run conferences where and how possible, but in the full knowledge that in these unprecedented and changing times, we must engage as much as is possible online, allowing those who choose not to travel, or who cannot travel, opportunities to present, publish and participate online.


Given the uncertainties surrounding travel restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic, and related and evolving government responses, we understand that potential delegates’ plans may be subject to change beyond their control, and indeed many people may not be able to travel to our conferences. We will be as flexible as we can our side to allow delegates to switch registration types between “on-site” and “online” depending on their circumstances, up until one month before the conference, so that you can be assured that whatever your situation, you can still present, publish and participate.


Founded in 2009, The International Academic Forum (IAFOR) is a politically independent non-partisan and non-profit interdisciplinary think tank, conference organiser and publisher. Based in Japan, its main administrative office is in Nagoya, and its research center is in The Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP), a graduate school of Osaka University. IAFOR runs research programs and events in Asia, Europe and North America in partnership with universities and think tanks, and has also worked on a number of multi-sector cooperative programs and events, including collaborations with the United Nations and the Government of Japan.

Christine R. Yano
University of Hawai`i, USA


Christine R. Yano, Professor of Anthropology at the University of Hawai`i, has conducted research on Japan and Japanese Americans with a focus on popular culture. Beginning in March 2020 she serves as the President of the Association for Asian Studies. Her publications include Tears of Longing: Nostalgia and the Nation in Japanese Popular Song (Harvard, 2002), Crowning the Nice Girl; Gender, Ethnicity, and Culture in Hawaii’s Cherry Blossom Festival (Hawaii, 2006), Airborne Dreams: “Nisei” Stewardesses and Pan American World Airways (Duke, 2011), and Pink Globalization: Hello Kitty and its Trek Across the Pacific (Duke, 2013). She has also co-edited a number of volumes: Modern Girls on the Go: Gender, Mobility, and Labor in Contemporary Japan with Alisa Freedman and Laura Miller (Stanford, 2013), Making Waves: Travelling Musics in Hawai`i, Asia, and the Pacific with Fred Lau (Hawaii, 2018), and Straight A’s: Asian American College Students in Their Own Words with Neal Akatsuka (Duke, 2018).