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Curve of the Hook awarded for excellence in non-fiction

The Hawaiʻi Book Publishers Association (HBPA) has presented its 2017 Ka Palapala Poʻokela Awardfor excellence in nonfiction to Curve of the Hook: An Archaeologist in Polynesia, the summer 2016 volume of Mānoa: A Pacific Journal of International Writing, published by the University of HawaiʻiPress. HBPA’s jurors considered eighty-five nominations in twelve publishing categories. In a book-length interview, illustrated with maps, charts, and previously unpublished photographs, Curve of the Hook covers the …

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Jamaica Osorio awarded Ford Foundation Fellowship

Jamaica Heolimeleikalani Osorio was honored with the 2017 Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, which will support the final year of her dissertation writing and defense. Osorio, a University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa PhD candidate in English, is 1 of only 38 individuals to receive the fellowship among the national competitors. Osorio’s dissertation is titled Aikāne, A Kanaka Maoli Moʻolelo Beyond Queer …

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Art graduate’s sculptures showcased at Waikīkī Parc

The sculptures of Momoe Nakajima, a 2017 bachelor of fine arts degree recipient from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Department of Art and Art History, will be on display at the Waikīkī Parc Hotel’s promenade gallery from June 8 to September 14. Nakajima’s recent works include several pairs of a ceramic figure and a jar. The jar accompanies and …

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Drumming through language barriers

What do you get when you combine an American singer, a Korean-Japanese guitarist, an American-Japanese bassist and a Japanese drummer? For University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s Junichi Yagi, the answer is inspiration. Playing drums in a band with work colleagues may not be a natural pathway to become a Crown Prince Akihito Scholarship recipient, but it was for Yagi. He went from practicing …

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Recent Theatre graduate honored with U.S. Student Fulbright award

Katie Patrick (Spring 2017), MFA in Costume Design and most recently seen as the Mountain Priest in Two Mountain Priests in the UH Manoa Department of Theatre and Dance spring Asian theatre kyogen production, Power and Folly: Japanese Satire for the 21st Century, was awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Award. Patrick will begin her research project, entitled “Immersive Study of the …

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Linguistics professor Bob Blust honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

On May 12th, 2017, Bob Blust, professor in the UHM Department of Linguistics,  was awarded the Linguistics Lifetime Achievement in Research Award for his contributions to our understanding of human language, and the Austronesian language family in particular. The Vice Chancellor for Research of UH Manoa, Dr. Michael Bruno, presented Professor Blust with the award, noting the incredible quality and quantity of …

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Mānoa researchers awarded Board of Regents’ medals

The 2017 Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Research was awarded to Christoph J. Baranec, James Dean Brown and Jeffrey R. Kuhn. The research medal is awarded by the University of Hawaiʻi Board of Regents in recognition of scholarly contributions that expand the boundaries of knowledge and enrich the lives of students and the community. Regents’ medal honorees Christoph J. Baranec …

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Christina Gerhardt appointed Harvard and UC Berkeley visiting scholar

Christina Gerhardt, a University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa assistant professor of German, will be a visiting scholar at Harvard University and the University of California, Berkeley during the 2017–18 academic year. Both appointments support her new book project 1968 and West German Cinema. Gerhardt is author of Critique of Violence: Screening the Red Army Faction (2018); co-editor of two volumes …

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Stellar Mānoa undergraduate research and creative projects showcase

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa undergraduate students from all fields of study will present their faculty-supervised research project or creative work at the Undergraduate Showcase on May 5. This free event will feature 76 presentations and posters by 105 undergraduate students in the disciplines of arts and humanities, engineering and computer sciences, natural sciences and social sciences. The morning begins …

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Spoken Hawaiian language digital repository awarded grants

A University of Hawaiʻi project to build a digital online repository of spoken Hawaiian language, or ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi received grants from the The National Science Foundation and National Endowment for the Humanities. The grants total $448,464 over a three-year period. The project, “Building a Hawaiian Spoken Language Repository,” will create Kaniʻāina, a digital corpus of recordings and transcripts of Native Hawaiian language. Kaniʻāina will feature …

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