It is with great pleasure that we launch a new academic journal dedicated to high quality research, creativity and innovation conducted and synthesized by undergraduate students at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Mānoa Horizons represents a dynamic collaboration among the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s Honors Program, the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program, the Honors Faculty and UHM faculty at large. I want to acknowledge too that this project would not be possible without the strong support of the Honors Program Director, Dr. Vernadette Vicuña Gonzalez, the Honors Program staff (especially Sylvia Wu), and several dedicated students (Lisa Asagi, Michelle Brown, and Nicolyn Charlot). I am also grateful to the many faculty members who have agreed to serve on the journal’s initial Advisory Board and Editorial Board.
The undergraduate work we publish in our print and online versions represent the very best of what students do on our beautiful campus each year. That work, whether in the form of a research paper or capstone thesis, an innovative approach to a problem, or a thought-provoking example of artistic expression, pushes the horizons of academic scholarship in novel ways. The selections we publish in each issue of Mānoa Horizons may ask you to rethink an unquestioned assumption, feel strong emotions, or spark an interest in a new area. In all of these case, we hope that these student works expand our readers’ horizons, wherever you happen to be in the world.