The Fall 2014 ES Colloqium Series continues with Dr. Jonathan Okamura discussing his new book
Thank you to everyone who came to the ES Open House, It was great to see a bunch of new faces!
ES Chair Ty Tengan interacting with Kaylene Evans and Josann Jenks at the Fall 2014 ES Open House
Graduate Assistant Megumi Chibana (left) representing Ethnic Studies at the 2014 College of Social Sciences College Fair
Congratuations to our Spring 2014 graduates! (From L to R) Dexter Artienda, Adriana Quijano, Jessica Taira, Carolina Torres, and Genesis Shin
Congratulations to Dr. Roderick Labrador for recieving the 2014 Chancellorʻs Citation for Meritorious Teaching Award! (From L to R) VCAA Reed Dasenbrock, Dr. Dolores Foley, Dr. Priyam Das, Chancellor Tom Apple, Dr. Rod Labrador, Dean Denise Konan, and Dr. Ty Tengan
Welcome to the Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa. Initiated in 1970, Ethnic Studies combines traditional and contemporary methodologies with new perspectives on issues of race, ethnicity, and class. The focus is on Hawai'i, with its rich legacy of multiethnic heritages. The research, teaching, and service components, however, also involve the United States and comparative studies of societies around the globe.


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December 11, 2014

Spring 2015 Class Availability



If youʻre still looking to fill requirements check out these courses that are still available for enrollment.


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December 10, 2014

Cultural Survival Quarterly Interview with Anthony Castanha


Dr. Anthony Castanha, an Affiliate Faculty member, was recently interviewed by Cultural Survual Quarterly for his publication The Myth of Indigenous Caribbean Extinction: Continuity and Reclamation in Borikén (Puerto Rico). Check out the interview below:


September 18, 2014

Professors contribute to new book, "A Nation Rising: Hawaiian Movements for Life, Land, and Sovereignty"


Ethnic Studies Professors Ibrahim Aoude, Ulla Hasager, Daviana Pōmaikaʻi McGregor, and Ty P. Kāwika Tengan contributed articles to this great new book. Grab a copy to read their articles!


To learn more about the book, click here.


August 26, 2014

Fall 2014 ES Course Availability


Still looking for classes to satisfy the HAP and ETH focus requirements? Look no further as the classes listed below can fill both of those requirements! Sign up now while you still can!


ES 101: Introduction to Ethnic Studies (PDF)

ES 221: Hawaiians (PDF)

ES 330: Japanese in Hawai'i (PDF)



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Department Notices

December 16, 2014

Office Closed

The Department of Ethnic Studies will be closed from December 25, 2014 to January 4, 2015 due to the Christmas and New Yearʻs holidays and our participatation in Mānoa Green Days. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at 956-8086 and leave a message or email us at We will get back to you when we reopen on January 5, 2015.

Inside the Ethnic Studies Studio

October 23, 2014


This session will feature Osna, a popular Hawai‘i-based DJ, rapper, and producer who has worked on numerous musical projects. Osna is widely recognized as an accomplished music producer and known for his witty rhymes and punch lines in his battle raps (he can be seen in the local battle rap circuit and on national stages like Grind Time Now).



October 23, 2014

Seph One

As part of Filipino American History Month, this session will feature Seph One, a mainstay in the local Hip Hop and spoken word scene for the past two decades. He is the former emcee/host/radio DJ for HI-Level Funkshun on KTUH 90.3 FM.



September 30, 2014

Sekou Heru and Marjory Smarth

This presentation will feature two dancers from Dance Fusion, a premier group of New York dancers who have been key in the evolution and innovation of Hip Hop and House Dance Culture. Marjory Smarth was born in Haiti and raised in New York City.



Island Connections

November 14, 2014

The Middle East: Between Rivalry and Chaos

Guest: Farideh Farhi, Independent researcher and Affiliate Graduate Faculty in Political Science - UHM


The discussion centered upon recent critical developments in regional and international relations regarding the Middle East. The focus was on the chaos generated through rivalry among major players and the emergence of powerful terrorist organizations. Attempts to resolve major conflagrations have created more complications, not less.

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October 10, 2014

Ethnic Studies on Race, Ethnicity, and Class

Guests: Monisha Das Gupta, Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies and Women Studies - UHM; Jonathan Okamura, Professor of Ethnic Studies - UHM; Ty Tengan, Chair of Ethnic Studies - UHM


The show focused on the role of the Department of Ethnic Studies in imparting knowledge to students through an integrated and comprehensive course work about fundamental social dimensions such as ethnicity, race, class and gender. Several Ethnic Studies instructors discussed their own research and teaching and their future outlook regarding the field of Ethnic Studies.

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September 12, 2014

Learning Through Community Engagement

Guests: Ulla Hasager, Director, Civic Engagement at the College of Social Sciences, UHM; Kat Lobendahn, Civic Engagement Office, College of Social Sciences - UHM and Community Activist; Bonnie Kahape'a-Tanner, Educator - Kānehūnāmoku and Sea Captain.


The guests discussed the value of civic engagement for both the students and community. Focus was on more recent community programs, especially voyaging canoes. The richness of indigenous culture can be used to prepare students academically in disciplines such as mathematics and engineering and professions in the natural sciences such as oceanography.

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