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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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Michael-Thomas Foumai wins national young composers award

Michael-Thomas Foumai, a lecturer in the University of Hawaiʻi Mānoa Department of Music, has won a 2017 American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Foundation (ASCAP) young composer award that encourages talented young creators of concert music. Foumai’s award-winning 25-minute long composition—featuring a flute, cello and piano—is titled “Manookian Murals.” It was first performed in December 2016 by the Dolce …

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UH Press publishes open-access Hawaiian language journal

The University of Hawaiʻi Press now publishes the new, open-access resource for Hawaiian scholars, Palapala: a journal for Hawaiian language and literature. The entirety of Palapala volume 1, issue 1, which includes contemporary research in both Hawaiian and English, is freely available at the UH Press website. “We are honored to offer, through a collaboration with the UH library and …

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