Congratuations to Professors Noel Kent and Davianna McGregor for 40 years of service to the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa
Congratulations to Professor Ulla Hasager (middle) and the SENCER Hawai'i Team for receiving the Inaugural Award for Exemplary Multi-Institutional and Regional Collaborations in the Service of Citizen Science from the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement
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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Inside the Ethnic Studies Studio

February 27, 2015

Scarub (of Living Legends) & A-Plus (of Hieroglyphics)

This presentation will feature Scarub and A-Plus, members of three of the most critically-acclaimed hip hop music collectives.





February 18, 2015


This presentation will feature the multi-talented Shing02. Born in Tokyo, raised in Tanzania and England, Shing02 came up in the independent SF Bay Area scene in the early 1990s. Over the course of his independent career starting in 1995, the bilingual MC has made the transition from sample-based music to live performances with a full band incorporating traditional instruments, while remaining true to his hip hop roots.



Island Connections

May 8, 2015


Guest: Bianca Isaki, KAHEA Board Member; Shelley Muneoka, KAHEA Board Member; Jonathan Osorio, Professor of Hawaiian Studies - UHM.


The guests discussed the controversy surrounding the Thirty Meter Telescope from an indigenous perspective.

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April 10, 2015

Micronesians: Between Two Worlds

Guest: Joakim Peters, Ph.D. Candidate, College of Education - UHM, Member of The Micronesian Community Advocacy Group


The show explored recent developments in the situation of Micronesians in Hawai‘i and the continental U.S., especially in terms of health care, education and employment.

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March 13, 2015

Hawai'i: The Politics of Growth

Guests: Marti Townsend, Environmental Activist; Bart Dame, Political Activist


The discussion revolved around current Hawai‘i politics and what drives decision makers to focus on big-ticket development projects that benefit real estate developers, tourism and the military.

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February 20, 2015

Ethnic Studies in Oceania

Guests: Ty Tengan, Chair of Ethnic Studies — UHM; Davianna McGregor, Professor of Ethnic Studies — UHM; Brian Chung, Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies — UHM


The guests discussed the significance of the Department of Ethnic Studies’ Conference, “Our Future, Our Way: Directions in Oceanic Ethnic Studies” to be held from March 11-14, 2015 to the development of the field of Ethnic Studies scholarship for the academy and community.

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