ES Talk Story on Ferguson: Students and faculty came together to discuss the events that transpired
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
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.

March 2, 2015

Honolulu Human Rights Film Festival


March 2-3, 2015


Dean Hall


March 9, 2015


Hawaiʻi State Capital Room 329


Cosponsored by College of Social Science Program for Civic Engagement at UH Manoa, International Student Services, and Intercultural Education



March 5, 2015

Here we Stand: Community Resilience in Ka'ūpūlehu, Lessons for Climate Change Adaptation



Crawford Hall 115


Guest speaker: Heather McMillen, Postdoctoral Fellow, U.S. Forest Service/New York Ciy Parts Department


Part of the Department of Anthropology Colloquium Series. Cosponsored by the Department of Ethnic Studies, Department of Botany and Center for Pacific Island Studies.



April 2, 2015




Crawford Hall 115


Panel: Suzanne Falgout, Leilani Basham, Linda Nishigaya, Amy Nishimura & Gary Tsuru, University of Hawai'i, West Oahu


Part of the Department of Anthropology Colloquium Series. Cosponsored by the Department of Ethnic Studies and Center for Pacific Island Studies.




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January 14, 2015

Roland Kotani Endowment Fund Student Scholarship 2015 - 2016


A $1000 scholarship intended to assist students who share Kotaniʻs interest in social change as a means to empowering people allowing students to conduct research in areas of Hawaiiʻs multiethnic histories and communities, social movements and political economy.


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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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2015 Ethnic Studies Conference

January 21, 2015

Our Future, Our Way: Directions in Oceanic Ethnic Studies

The Department of Ethnic Studies is proud to announce that we will be hosting a conference in March celebrating 45 years of connecting and cultivating community. For more information and to register for the conference click on the button below:





January 26, 2015

Schedule of Events


Check out the flyer for the various panels and activities during the conference!


To view the flyer, click here.


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

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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