About The School of Accountancy

The School of Accountancy (SOA) at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (UH-Mānoa) is guided by its mission, excellent faculty and staff, the SOA Advisory Board, and SOA's role within the University. The accounting educational offerings at SOA are extensive, the largest in Hawaii. The accounting major is consistently among the ten largest majors at UH-Mānoa, graduating over 100 students per year. The Master of Accounting degree (MAcc) is among the most popular graduate degrees on campus.

SOA Mission

We are an academic community within the Shidler College of Business whose mission is to provide students with an accounting education relevant to a technologically advanced global economy, advance accounting knowledge through research, and instill students with a sense of moral, ethical, and professional obligations to society.

SOA Faculty and Staff

SOA's world-class faculty consists of a rich blend of scholarly academics and instructional practitioners. Most SOA faculty have received professional accounting credentials, such as the CPA. For 2020-2022, SOA has thirteen full-time faculty consisting of seven Professors, two Associate Professors, two Assistant Professors, and two full-time Instructors. Four SOA faculty hold endowed chairs. Additionally, one SOA faculty holds the PricewaterhouseCoopers – Los Angeles Faculty Fellowship Endowment. Also enriching the SOA student experience are lecturers, various guest speakers, and the Shidler College of Business Executive in Residence Program.

Endowed Professors
Boo-Chun Jung, Shidler College Distinguished Professor
Jee-Hae Lim, Shidler College Distinguished Professor
Hamid Pourjalali, Donald A. Corbin Distinguished Professor in Accounting
Jian Zhou, Lloyd Fujie/Deloitte Foundation Distinguished Accounting Professorship
Shirley Daniel
Thomas (Tom) Pearson
David Yang
Associate Professors
Liming Guan
Jenny Teruya
Assistant Professors
You-il Chris Park, Accuity LLP Accounting Faculty Fellow
Tu Xu
Manu Ka‘iama, MAcc
Mary Woollen, MAcc
Lecturers - 2020-2022
Terri Fujii, BBA, Macc, Managing Partner, CW Associates, CPAs (and retired Ernst & Young Office Managing Partner)
Paul Higo, BBA, MBA, MAcc, CPA, former Managing Partner, Deloitte & Touche LLP
Thane Messinger, ALM, JD, MBA
Myron Mitsuyasu, CPA, MBA, Director of Finance, Pauahi Foundation
Gary Nishikawa, MBA, former Managing Partner, Deloitte & Touche, LLP
Kurt Kawafuchi, JD, LL.M., Partner, Hochman Salkin Rettig Toscher
Edwin Young, BA, MS, MBA, former City Auditor. Honolulu
Steven Mar, BA, MBA, Director, IntrapriseTechKnowlogies LLC.
Felicia Ladin, BS, MS, CPA, Senior Finance Executive
Michael Dell, BS, MS, CPA, Retired Partner of Ernst & Young LLP
Executive in Residence
Larry Rodriguez, former Managing Partner of Ernst & Young, LLP
Rick Varley
Ph.D. students in the College with an accounting emphasis
Marlene Sagapolutele, SOA Secretary

Educational Offerings and Number of Students

SOA classes are offered year-round. The University of Hawaiʻi offers summer classes at Mānoa Outreach College under the guidance of the SOA Director. SOA serves many University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa students at the undergraduate and graduate level with an introduction to accounting and its uses.

The undergraduate accounting major provides students with a solid educational foundation for entry into a wide range of accounting careers and prepares students to pursue graduate or advanced professional education. SOA's accounting major is one of the ten most popular majors at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Each year SOA graduates over 100 accounting majors.

The Master of Accounting program (MAcc) provides advanced education in taxation, financial accounting, and auditing necessary for students to pursue leading positions in public practice, business, government, and related fields. SOA has offered the MAcc program since 1982. In recent years, SOA has graduated about 20 MAcc students per year.

The Ph.D. in Business Administration (with an accounting emphasis) prepares students for a career as an accounting academic in teaching and research. SOA graduated its first Ph.D. student in 2004 and graduates about one student each year.

About the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa

The University of Hawai’i at Mānoa (UH-Mānoa) is a premier research university of international standing. UH-Mānoa is the flagship of the University of Hawai’i (UH) System, the state’s sole public university system. A land-grant, sea-grant, and space-grant institution, UH-Mānoa creates, refines, and disseminates knowledge; offers a comprehensive array of undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees; carries out a strong, vital research program; and has nationally ranked NCAA Division I athletics.

UH-Mānoa’s special distinction is in its Hawaiian, Asian, and Pacific orientation and its unique location. Together, these foster advantages in various areas, including international trade. UH-Mānoa also offers instruction in more Asia-Pacific languages than any other U.S. institution of higher education. UH-Mānoa is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), one of six regional accrediting associations in the United States. The campus offers many cultural, sports, and recreation opportunities, on- and off-campus internships and employment opportunities, and study abroad programs worldwide.

UH was founded in 1907 and renamed UH-Mānoa in 1972 to distinguish it from the other units in the growing UH system. Today more than 20,000 students are enrolled in UH-Mānoa courses, on-campus or via distance delivery. Approximately two-thirds of UH-Mānoa students are undergraduates. Our students are multi-ethnic and multi-cultural with a high concentration from Pacific Rim nations. About one-quarter of the students live on or near campus, while three-quarters commute.

Accounting education has occurred at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa since the College's founding in 1949. The Master of Accounting (MAcc) was approved in 1979. SOA was founded in 1982 when the Department of Accounting and Finance was divided. The College added a Ph.D. in Management/Business in 1999, which includes a focus on accounting research.


The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa is located in Mānoa Valley on the island of Oʻahu, a residential valley near the mountains about ten minutes from Waikiki. The campus is also about a ten-minute drive from either downtown Honolulu (about 4 miles via H-1) or Ala Moana Shopping Center. The SOA Office is located in room C-306 in the Shidler (BusAd) building, near University and Maile Way. For more information on SOA, please contact the SOA secretary, Marlene Sagapolutele, via email (marlenee@hawaii.edu) or call the SOA Office (808) 956-7332.