Patricia Halagao

Patricia Halagao

Patricia Halagao is an Associate Professor of social studies and multicultural education in the Curriculum Studies Department at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. She received her BA in Anthropology from Occidental College, M.Ed and PhD in Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Washington and has published in the fields of culturally responsive curriculum, pedagogy and evaluation, and more specifically Filipino education.


Dr. Halagao has developed nationally recognized curricula for the Smithsonian Institution ( and has received numerous professional development grants from the US federal Department of Education to direct the Sistan Alhambra Filipino American Education Institute ( and the Mau School of Voyaging: Teachers as Navigators, Navigators as Teachers. She is co-director of A`o Hawaii: Viewing the Classroom as a Canoe; Viewing the Canoe as Classroom, a culture and STEM-based partnership to support Hōkūle‘a’s and Hikianalia canoes’ Worldwide Voyage and to foster its vision for educational transformation.  A former Teach for America corps member (’92) and Oakland Public School teacher, she has taught at all K-12 levels of education.

Dr. Halagao is the recipient of the Filipino Women’s Network 100 Most Influential Filipina Women in the U.S. Award (2009) and the University of Hawaii’s Board of Regent’s Medal for Excellence in Teaching (2012).  She is Trustee and National Secretary of Filipino American National Historical Society.

Dr. Halagao is the Education Director for the Hawaii Presidential Center Initiative and was recently appointed by the Governor to serve as a member of the Hawaii State Board of Education (2013).