HPU Students are gaining valuable “inside” perspective
on local politics in a spring 2008 course taught by City Councilmember
The course, PSCI 3415 State and Local Government, surveys state
and local governments in the United States with a special emphasis
on the state of Hawai‘i and city and county of Honolulu
It’s an extremely valuable opportunity for our students
to learn about the inner workings of government first-hand by
an elected official,” said Dr. Carlos Juarez, dean of the
College of International Studies.
In a recent class, students heard a guest lecture by state Senator
Les Ihara, Jr., (D-9th, Palolo, Kaimuki, St. Louis Heights, Kapahulu),
Senate Majority Policy Leader, who encouraged them to get involved
in politics at any level, whether local, state, national, or
Djou is a member of the Honolulu City Council, representing District
IV (Waikiki and East Honolulu), and helps to formulate the $2.4
billion annual budget and determine public policy for the 12th
largest city in the United States.
A Magna Cum Laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania,
he graduated with distinction with his B.S. in economics from
the Wharton School and his B.A. in political science, graduating
first in his class.
Djou received his J.D. from the University of Southern California
Law School in Los Angeles and is an adjunct professor of appellate
advocacy at the University of Hawai‘i’s Richardson
School of Law. He is also a captain in the U.S. Army Reserve’s
Judge Advocate General Corps, where he serves with the 22nd LSO
as a trial defense counsel.