this month at the center

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The Ethnobiology Society welcomes Professors Konai Helu Thaman and Randy Thaman to UHM for a series of talks about the future of the Pacific Islands in terms of education, conservation, and sustainability, and indigenous knowledge systems' critical role in all this. These events are supported by the Student Activity and Program Fee Board, Biocultural Initiative of the Pacific, Center for Pacific Islands Studies, College of Education, Department of English New Oceania Literary Series, and East-West Center. Refer to the series flyer or contact for more information.

Event: Author's Talk and Brown Bag Lunch with Dr. Konai Helu Thaman
Date: Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Time: 10:30am to 12:30pm
Location: Kuykendall 410
Description: Please bring a lunch to this roundtable event to chat with Professor Konai and Dr. Craig Santos Perez in his Pacific Literature class. The talk will include a discussion on Dr. Konai's poetry collection, Hingano, as well as her essay "Of Daffodils & Heilala."

Event: Learning Oceania Talanoa with Dr. Konai Helu Thaman
Date: Wednesday, October 12
Time: 2:30pm to 5:00pm
Location: John Burns Hall 3121/3125
Description: Informal talanoa session about Pacific Studies.

Event: People, Plants, and Pacific Futures: Community-based biodiversity conservation on the frontline against global change and the loss of biodiversity in the Pacific Islands with Dr. Randy Thaman
Date: Thursday, Oct 13
Time: 12:00pm to 12:50pm
Location: St. John 007
Description: Professor Thaman will speak about drivers of biodiversity loss and how to defend against them in the Pacific Islands. See flyer for more information.

Event: Towards Cultural Democracy in Formal Education with specific references to Pacific Island Countries (PICs) with Dr. Konai Helu Thaman
Date: Thursday, October 13
Time: 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Location: Wist Hall 134
Description: Formal education, for the majority of Pacific Island learners, is culturally undemocratic in that the curriculum and instruction do not normally take learners’ cultural backgrounds into consideration. This presentation will provide examples from PICs especially in relation to language of instruction, common pedagogies, and assessment methods. Some examples for addressing this issue will also be shared. See flyer for more information.

Event: ʻAha Hana Keaka: Hawaiian Theatre Symposium, Celebrating Hawaiian Theatre—Past, Present, and Future
Date: Thursday, October 13
Time: 9:00am to 5:00pm
Location: UHM Kennedy Theatre
Description: Join us for a symposium featuring Hawaiian performing artists from across the state and community leaders from the field of education. Presentations and panel discussions will focus on the history and values of Hana Keaka (Hawaiian Theatre) including its use in classroom settings. Following the symposium, Ka Hālau Hanakeaka will showcase a retrospective of the last 20 years of Hawaiian theatre in Hawai‘i. Event to be conducted primarily in Hawaiian. Translators may be available for English speakers.
Free and open to the public.

Event: Ka Wā Ma Mua, Ka Wā Ma Hope: Using the Past to Inform the Present and Future
Date: Tuesday, October 18
Time: 4:00pm
Location: Hamilton Library Hawaiian and Pacific Collections, Room 501
Description: He ke‘ena noi‘i laulima ke Ke‘ena Noi‘i a Unuhi ‘Ōlelo (IHLRT) i ho‘okumu ‘ia i ala komo no nā ‘oihana like ‘ole i ka waihona ‘ike Hawai‘i ma loko o nā nūpepa ‘ōlelo Hawai‘i, 1834-1948. ‘O ka hana nui o IHLRT ka noi‘i ‘ana i ka waihona ‘ike Hawai‘i o ke au i hala a me ke a‘o ‘ana i nā haumāna o kēiā wā i ka ho‘ohana ‘ana i ia waihona. E ho‘olauna ana kēia hō‘ike i nā papahana a ka IHLRT e hana nei me nā papahana e hiki mai ana; e hō‘ike‘ike ana nā haumāna laeo‘o o ka IHLRT i kā lākou mau papahana noi‘i, a e kama‘ilio ana kākou e pili ana i nā ‘ano e pono ai ka ‘ike kupuna i ke au e holo nei.

The Institute of Hawaiian Language Research and Translation (IHLRT) is a collaborative research unit providing access to Hawaiian language resources and learning experience and training to a new generation of translators. This presentation will highlight some of IHLRT's current projects, introduce its graduate research students, look at upcoming projects, and discuss how these collaborations are reconnecting students, faculty, and staff to historical Hawaiian perspectives.

Speakers will include Puakea Nogelmeier, Kilika Bennett, Paige Okamura, and Kamealoha Forrest.

Contact: Dore Minatodani, 956-2852,


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