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Remembering and Re-telling: Local Story

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New book by UH Mānoa professor examines the Massie-Kahahawai case When UH Mānoa assistant professor of history John P. Rosa was growing up on O‘ahu, almost no one talked about the Massie-Kahahawai case.  In 1931 and 1932, the rape trial involving Thalia Massie, a Naval officer’s wife, and the subsequent killing of Joseph Kahahawai, a Native Hawaiian accused as one ... Read More »

Pacific Islands Studies undergraduates complete community-based capstone research projects

PACS 401 students with Lola Quan Bautista

For the first time since UH Mānoa’s Center for Pacific Islands Studies’ BA program began in 2011, the senior capstone ran as a course (PACS 401) rather than as a one-on-one project with faculty. PACS401 requires BA candidates to complete community-based research projects and give presentations on their processes and outcomes. Lola Quan Bautista and Julie Walsh designed the course ... Read More »

David Rockwood selected as Fulbright specialist

David Rockwood

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa School of Architecture Associate Professor David Rockwood has been selected for a Fulbright Specialist’s project in Vietnam at Danang University of Technology during the summer of 2014. His research will focus on the examination of existing Vietnamese housing stock, and evolution of new techniques for constructing affordable and sustainable housing in the country. “I am most honored to have ... Read More »

Endangered language researchers awarded national grants

Girls with mats in traditional dance

Two University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa projects to preserve endangered languages were awarded grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities. These two projects were the only awards in the current round of National Endowment for the Humanities funding to be granted in the state of Hawaiʻi. See the National Endowment for the Humanities news release for more information. Making Pacific Languages Discoverable ... Read More »

“Pushing Boundaries, Shifting Perspectives” — Pacific Asian Studies research conference

Asami Nago

The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s School of Pacific and Asian Studies’ (SPAS) 2014 Graduate Student Conference is titled “Pushing Boundaries, Shifting Perspectives: Remapping Asia and the Pacific Through a Transnational Interdisciplinary Lens.” The conference was held at UH Mānoa’s Center for Korean Studies from April 2-4. Here are a few highlights from UH Mānoa student research that was presented: ... Read More »

Danielle Conway on intellectual property and ‘The miracle at Marrakesh’

Danielle Conway

Doing Justice for the Blind and Visually Impaired While Changing the Culture of Norm Setting at the World Intellectual Property Organization Imagine a world where new digital technologies create even more access to content in printed publications for sighted people while simultaneously and disproportionately reducing access even further to the same content in printed publications for blind people. To those ... Read More »

Japanese Buddhism scholar receives Order of the Rising Sun

George Tanabe and Toyoei Shigeeda

George Joji Tanabe, Jr., emeritus professor of the Department of Religion at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa received the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon at the Japanese Consulate in Honolulu on January 24, 2014. Tanabe was honored for strengthening the academic and cultural exchanges between the United States and Japan. His contributions have deepened the understanding of Japanese ... Read More »

English-language world premiere of “Lady Mu and the Yang Family Generals”

Lady Mu

“Lady Mu and the Yang Family Generals” is a fitting production to mark Kennedy Theatre’s 50th Anniversary, as this year also marks the 50th anniversary of Jingju (Beijing “Opera”) performance at the University of Hawai‘i. UHM alumna and professor of Asian Theatre Elizabeth Wichmann-Walczak, who has served as director of the department’s Asian Theatre program since 1985, began presenting Jingju ... Read More »

The Kanak Awakening: New book about nationalism in New Caledonia

The Kanak Awakening

The Center for Pacific Islands Studies (CPIS)  is pleased to announce the publication of a new volume in its Pacific Islands Monograph Series (PIMS) — The Kanak Awakening: The Rise of Nationalism in New Caledonia by David Chappell, UH Manoa History Department and CPIS affiliate faculty. This study examines the rise in New Caledonia of rival identity formations that became increasingly polarized in the 1970s and examines in particular the ... Read More »

Romance of garments from a bygone era: Historic Costume Collection

Two researchers examine kimono

The UH Mānoa Historic Costume Collection, begun in 1960, consists of approximately 18,000 historic and ethnographic garments, textiles, accessories, home-furnishing fabrics, and related materials and equipment dating back to the early 19th century. It is the largest collection of its kind at an American university. There are 4 sub-collections: Western, Asian, Hawaiian and Ethnic. The Asian collection includes a series of ... Read More »

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