Ronald Williams Jr. earned his B.A. in Hawaiian Studies, M.A. in Pacific Islands Studies, and doctorate in History. He is a faculty member within the Hawaiʻinuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge at UH Mānoa and has taught in the history department there. He has published in both academic and public forums on varied topics with a focus on historiography in Hawai’i and the past elision of Native voice and Native-language resources. He is the owner of KaʻElele Research and Writing, which has produced historical and cultural work for institutions such as the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum, Kamehameha Schools, and PBS.