MA Student Spotlight

Samuel “Sam” Ehrhart

Samuel Ehrhart

Ciao e un caro saluto! I am a master’s degree student studying Medieval Europe, with an emphasis on Medieval Italy. My studies are focusing on illnesses, diseases, epidemics, and plagues that ravaged the Middle Ages, with the Black Death being the focus point of my research. I have interest in social, political, militaristic, and cultural histories, which I am connecting to how these historical subfields were altered by diseases. The Black Death affected Europe hard, you know! Additionally, I am circulating my graduate studies around important sources of culture that were produced during the Black Death, such as Giovanni Boccaccio’s book, The Decameron (1353). During my undergraduate studies at UH Mānoa and at Kapi‘olani Community College, I took a myriad of history classes that gave me great experience and knowledge in terms of the academic world of history. As a member of Phi Alpha Theta, I have also had the opportunity to present history papers at statewide Hawai‘i conferences, which has resulted in me winning prizes and getting a paper published. In the future, I plan on continuing my education into the PhD program at UH Mānoa, and I also have interest in learning more European languages — primarily Italian, German, and Latin (I already know French decently well).

>> Sam’s Academia Page
Published essay: Kekuaokalani’s Rebellion: Kūka‘ilimoku’s Last Stand
>> Published KCC newspaper articles
>> Sam’s LinkedIn Page

Recently Graduated

Kale Kanaeholo

Kale Kanaeholo

Aloha mai kākou! My name is Kale Kanaeholo (he/him/his) and I am a Kānaka ʻŌiwi MA student from Waipiʻo, Oʻahu. My research interests are in early- to mid-twentieth century Hawaiʻi, specifically the cultural and societal impacts on Kānaka within the greater context of territorial Hawaiʻi. I am also currently a Teaching Assistant for the World History 152 course;  I completed my undergraduate education at the University of Portland in Portland, Oregon. During whatever free time I manage to procure, I enjoy taking photos of nature and landscapes and dreaming about my next bowl of ramen. E ola mau ka lāhui Hawaiʻi a me ka ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi! Eō!

>> Kale’s Curriculum Vitae
Kale’s LinkedIn Page
>> Kale’s Academia Page

Sarah Tamashiro

Sarah Tamashiro

Sarah’s academic interests include Hawaiian History, visual culture development, museum studies, and cross-cultural interaction and influence. Her thesis work focuses on the role and influence of Anglicanism in the lives of Queen Emma Kaleleonālani and King Alexander Liholiho during the mid 1800s.

BA Occidental College, Art History (2015)