Spark M. Matsunaga Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution

The Matsunaga Institute is a multi-disciplinary community of scholars, students, and practitioners who, through academic programs and outreach, promote cross-cultural understanding and collaborative problem-solving. Residing within the Public Policy Center, the Matsunaga Institute emphasizes critical thinking and collaboration to groom leaders to address contemporary and complex issues in Hawaiʻi, the Asia-Pacific region, and the world.


If we want peace we must educate people to want peace - Senator Spark M. Matsunaga

"If we want peace we must educate people to want peace."
Senator Spark M. Matsunaga

This kindergartner brought his entire class to court to witness his adoption.💙

Studies have shown Black foster children face discrimination in the U.S. 49% of white children were adopted with govt help last year. 17% of Black children were, says federal data.

We remember a wise man, Nelson Mandela, who passed away on this day in 2013.

"History has shown that peace processes are more likely to last when women are involved." The Women Building Peace Award from @USIP will highlight the vital role of women working every day in the pursuit of peace. Apply by January 15th!

Women Building Peace Award

History has shown that civil resistance is most successful when women are engaged, peace processes are more likely to last when women are involved, an...

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When we volunteer we create connections with others and foster a sense of purpose.

On this year’s International Volunteers Day, I thank all volunteers who make the world a more inclusive and tolerant place.

HAPPY International Volunteer Day! 🥳

This #IVD2019 we celebrate all the volunteers around the world who make the 🌎🌍🌏 better every day, contributing to a more inclusive & sustainable future for all.

#volunteer4inclusion #SDGs

On Sept. 20th, we mobilized the largest series of climate rallies in the state. One of our key demands? The passage of Bill 40, the most comprehensive ban on single-use plastics IN THE WORLD. Today it passed the Honolulu City Council. 7-2.

SUPPORT US TODAY: In this video, our Chair and co-founder Benedict Rogers explains why we are launching this fundraising campaign today.

Our fundraising campaign: https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/hongkongwatch2019

Palestinian photojournalist #MuathAmarneh lost an eye after being shot by Israeli fire.

Here's what he has to say about the risks Palestinian journalists face on a daily basis.

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