this month at the center

Events are subject to change, please check here for updated times and locations.

Event:  "How would you answer these three questions? 1. Why is cultural anthropology not as beloved as it was in Margaret Mead’s time? 2. Why are the most popular anthropology books now written by non-anthropologists? 3. Why has much of the significant good done by anthropologists gone under-appreciated?" Anthropology Colloquium featuring Dr. Robert Borofsky, Professor of Anthropology, Hawai‘i Pacific University

Date:  Thursday, October 1, 2015
Time:  3:00 pm
Location:  Crawford 115

Sponsor/Contact:  UH Mānoa Department of Anthropology,

Event:  "Reconstructing R. L. Stevenson's Pacific Islands Photographies." History Forum Featuring Dr. Carla Manfredi, Visiting Post-Doc Scholar.

Date:  Monday, October 5, 2015
Time:  12:30 pm
Location:  Sakamaki Hall A201, the UH Mānoa History Department Library

Sponsors:  UH Mānoa History Department and the Center for Pacific Islands Studies

Contact:  Professor Peter H. Hoffenberg, 956-8497

Event:  "Ta‘isi O. F. Nelson and the Mau: Australian and Hawaiian Dimensions to New Zealand and Samoan History." History Forum Featuring Dr. Patricia O'Brien, The Australian National University

Date:  Friday, October 9, 2015
Time:  12:30 pm
Location:  Sakamaki Hall A201, the UH Mānoa History Department Library

Description: Dr. O’Brien will explore how Australia and Australians played a role in the history of Samoan Mau. The person predominantly responsible for making and maintaining Australian connections was Ta‘isi O. F. Nelson, the nationalist leader. He had business interests in Sydney and unlikely friendships with some Australian public figures. This talk also discusses Ta‘isi’s exile from Samoa in Auckland during the Great Depression and connections among Hawai‘i, Australia and Samoa in the later 1920s. That connection includes commemorations of Captain Cook in 1928. Dr. O’Brien is the author of The Pacific Muse: Exotic Femininity and the Colonial Pacific. See flyer.

Sponsors:  UH Mānoa History Department, the Center for Pacific Islands Studies, and the Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society
Contact:  Professor Peter H. Hoffenberg, 956-8497

Event:  12th Annual KavaFest 

Date:  Saturday, October 17, 2015
Time:  9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Location: University Lab School's great lawn, 1776 University Avenue.

Description:  Besides kava (‘awa) tasting, there will be music by local musicians and bands, Hawaiian crafts and food.  Event is free, script sold for food and drinks, campus parking is $6.

Sponsor:  UH Mānoa College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources

Contact:  H. C. "Skip" Bittenbender, 956-6043,,

Event: Poetry Reading and Discussion Featuring Dr. Emelihter Kihleng

Date:  Monday, October 19, 2015
Time:  5:00-6:10 pm
Location:  UH West O'ahu Classroom D-237

Description: Dr. Kihleng is a UH Mānoa Distinguished Writer in Residence and the author of My Urohs, the first collection of poetry by a Pohnpeian poet. See Flyer.

Sponsor:  UH West O'ahu Distinguished Visiting Scholar Fund

Event: ʻPacific Currentsʻ Launch Party

Date:  Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Time:  3:00-4:15 pm
Location:  UH Mānoa Kuykendall 410

Description: Pacific Currents is the first special issue of the journal American Quarterly under its Hawai‘i-based editorial team.  By centering critical inquiries on Indigenous subjects as agents of histories, memories and stories, the special issue, guest edited by Paul Lyons and Ty Kāvika Tengan, shifts the terms of discourses on the Pacific and challenges American Studies scholars to see what anticolonial Pacific currents look like. Comments by Paul Lyons, Ty Kāvika Tengan, Hokulani Aikau, Candace Fujikane, Noelle Kahanu, Brandy Nālani McDougall, Stanley Orr, Craig Perez, and Joakim Peter. See Flyer.

Sponsors:  UH Mānoa American Studies, English, and Ethnic Studies Departments, and the Hawai‘i American Studies Association

Contact:  Mari Yoshihara,

Event: Mana Moana: Revitalising Ancient Knowledge for Contemporary Contexts with Dr. Karlo Mila

Date:  Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Time:  12:00 pm
Location:  John A. Burns Hall, Room 3121/3125, UH Mānoa

Description: Dr. Karlo Mila is the current Creative New Zealand / Fulbright Creative Writer-in-Residence at the Center for Pacific Islands Studies. Her presentation will discuss the Motutapu intervention program for Pasifika young people in Aotearoa/New Zealand. The program seeks to provide access to indigenous Pacific ways of knowing and healing in the face of the challenges of colonization, migration, and loss of languages that have contributed to high rates of suicidal ideation, suicide attempts, depression, and other illnesses in this population. For details, please see flyer.

Sponsors:  Center for Pacific Islands Studies, UH Mānoa and Pacific Islands Development Program, East-West Center

Event:  "What Can Archaeologists Learn from Agent Based Modeling (ABM)? Recent Insights from Computer-Based Simulations of a Model Marine Ecosystem." Anthropology Colloquium featuring Alexander Morrison, Project Manager, International Archaeological Research Institute and Research Associate, University of Auckland

Date:  Thursday, October 29, 2015
Time:  3:00 pm
Location:  Crawford 115

Sponsor/Contact:  UH Mānoa Department of Anthropology,


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