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Father, daughter make an HPU team

by Kalamalama staff


Roger Kadala has been an assistant professor of mathematics at HPU since July, 1987. He teaches in the Military Campus Program as well as downtown. His courses includes calculus, statistics, discrete mathematics, physics, astronomy, and quantitative methods.

Kadala holds a doctorate in applied mathematics and is currently completing a Ph.D. in theoretical physics at the University of Hawai‘i. He also holds masters degrees in engineering, mathematics, physics and philosophy, and a law degree.


All these degrees aren’t the only things that make him unusual. His daughter, Dalybeth Kadala-Reasoner, also teachs at HPU. She started teaching psychology last September at both the military and downtown campuses. Her courses include Introduction to Psychology and Interviewing and Counseling.

Kadala-Reasoner earned her B.A. in psychology at the University of Hawai‘i and her M.S. in counseling psychology at Chaminade University. She has more than seven years of experience working in the field here in Hawai‘i for such organizations as Kahi Mohala and Child Protective Services. She worked as an individual and family therapist for the Hawai‘i Department of Health and a School Counselor for the Department of Education.

She is recognized around campus for her individual sense of style (ties and heels), and students can always find her at her “second home,” Borders . . .

How does Kadala-Reasoner feel about her father being a professional colleague?

“ My father is my hero,” she said. “I have always looked up to him as my role model for high standards, integrity, and professionalism.”

Kadala-Reasoner praises her father for always being able to balance family, academics, and athletics. “He has completed the Ironman 11 times and the Molokai Kayak paddle four times,” she explained. “He has shown me that you can do anything you put your mind to.”

Kadala-Reasoner is delighted that she and her father both teach at Pearl Harbor, in classrooms right next to each other. “It is a dream come true,” she said, “for me to follow in his footsteps as a professor at HPU. It feels like the passing of a legacy, my inheritance.”



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