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Events are subject to change, please check the updated times and locations throughout the semester
Thursday, April 2, 3:00 pm, Crawford 115
"Honouliuli." Panel: Suzanne Falgout, Leilani Basham, Linda Hishigaya, Amy Nishimura, and Garyn Tsuru, UH West O'ahu. UHM Anthropology Colloquium, cosponsored by Department of Ethnic Studies and CPIS. Light pupus to follow.
April 3-12, Honolulu Museum of Art School, 8 am - 8 pm
"Contact." This is an annual contemporary art exhibition exploring the notion of contact as it related to the Hawaiian Islands, the people, and their experiences.
For more information, see the flyer and the schedule.
Tuesday/Wednesday, April 7-8
CPIS Student Conference: "Decolonizing Pacific Islands Studies: Decolonizing Oceania." For more information, see flyer and program.
Thursday, April 9, St. John 11, 12:00-1:15 pm
"Hem i Broken English nomo: Interrupting the same old story about pidgins and creoles in school" is the title of talk to be given by Fiona Willans, lecturer in linguistics at the University of the South Pacific in Suva, Fiji. For more information, see attached.
Friday, April 10, Kuykendall 409, 4:00 pm
The New Oceania Literary Series presents "Konai Helu Thaman, Lee Kava, & Friends." Born and raised in Tonga, Konai Helu Thaman is currently Professor of Pacific Education and Culture and the UNESCO Chair in Teacher Education and Culture at the University of the South Pacific. She is a widely published poet whose work is studied by schoolchildren throughout the Pacific region and has been translated into several languages including Chinese, French, and German. Collections include You the choice of my parents (1974); Langakali (1981); Hingano (1987); Kakala (1993); and Songs of Love (1999). She studied at the University of Auckland (BA in Geography), Auckland Secondary Teachers' College (Teaching Diploma), the University of California at Santa Barbara (MA in International Education), and the University of the South Pacific (PhD in Education). Lee Kava is a hafekasi musician and poet completing her MA in Pacific Islands Studies at UH Mānoa. Her work focuses on music as an expression of Tongan identities and medium for creative and political activism. She is also the founder of the Pacific Verse, a project run in both Hawai'i and Tonga that connects mentors, performers, musicians, and poets in order to write original music using indigenous Pacific languages. Lee is very grateful for the love and support she receives from her family and friends here and abroad, and hopes to make them proud through the work she does. See flyer.
April 15-17, various venues, UH Mānoa
PACITA: Pacific Islanders in the Arts includes a visual arts exhibition on the 5th floor of Hamilton Library; oratory, song, dance performances in the open space outside the library; film screenings in Crawford 105; and a parade of student poets, actors, and musicians at Manoa Gardens. See flyer for complete schedule and list of sponsors.
Thursday, April 16, Saunders Hall 443, noon
"Feeding the Dragon: China and Natural Resource Development in Oceania,"
a lecture by Tarcisius Tara Kabutaulaka, Center for Pacific Islands Studies, School of Pacific and Asian Studies, University of Hawai'i at Mānoa. China's economic growth and emergence as a global power has resulted in its increasing need for natural resources. Its policy of accessing natural resources through state-led "resource diplomacy" has facilitated the increase in both the volume and value of Chinese investments in natural resource extractions worldwide. This has had both positive and negative impacts on socio-economic developments, especially in Third World countries. This often raises concern, especially amongst Western countries that have a long history of investments in natural resource extractions in developing countries. This presentation will examine Chinese investments on natural resource development in Oceania, with a focus on mining, fisheries and forestry. It will discuss the nature and dynamics of increasing Chinese investments and their social, economic and geo-political implications for Pacific Island countries and those interested in the region.
Thursday, April 16, Hālau ‘o Haumea (Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies) 5:30pm-8:30pm.
Island Soldier, by Nathan Fitch. PIC-funded producer Nathan Fitch leads us through his incredible journey documenting the lives of Micronesian soldiers traveling from the Federated States of Micronesia to the United States and ultimately to Afghanistan. Co-sponsored by the Center for Pacific Islands Studies and the University of Hawai‘i Asian-Pacific Law & Policy Journal.
Friday, April 17, Richardson School of Law Classroom 2, 9 am-4 pm
The Asian-Pacific Law & Policy Journal (APLPJ) would like to invite the UHM Department of Anthropology to its Spring 2015 symposium entitled "Bombs in Paradise: A Legal, Social, and Political Discussion of Militarization in the Pacific." The event is free and open to the public. You can RSVP here.
The one-day symposium will focus on four regions of the Pacific: Kwajalein and the Republic of the Marshall Islands; French Polynesia; Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands; and Hawai'i. While the content for each region may differ depending on the speakers, the presentations will generally cover the history of militarization; the social, economic, and environmental impacts of military testing; the indigenous rights movement; and proposals or alternatives for moving forward. Overall, APLPJ hopes to engage various leaders in the Pacific to come together and discuss how militarization impacts the culture and people of the Pacific. Indigenous Chamoru attorney-activist-author Julian Aguon '10 will deliver the keynote address at 9:10 am. Featured speakers for each region include Nathan Fitch (Kwajalein/Marshall Islands),Alexander Mawyer (French Polynesia), Therese Terlaje (Guam/CNMI), and Ty Kawika Tengan and Kathy Ferguson (Hawai'i). Third-year law student Jordan Inafuku '15 will also sit on the Hawai'i panel.
The symposium is cosponsored by the Center for Pacific Islands Studies; SEED Diversity & Equity Initiative; Jon Van Dyke Institute; WSRSL Student Bar Association; Ka Huli Ao Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law; and WSRSL Environmental Law Program. Please see flyer 1 and flyer 2.
Tuesday, April 21, 2015, St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church, 4:30p (5:00 Panel, 6;00 film showing)
At Home While Away, A film by Nathan Fitch & Francis X. Hezel, SJ, Sponsored by We are Oceania, COFACAN & St. Elizabeth Episcopal Church. RSVP and flyer.
Wednesday, April 22, Tokioka Room, Moore 319, 12pm-1:00pm
"Language of the Backyard: A Study of Community Subsistence and Island Sustainability in Raiātea, French Polynesia" is the title of a talk to be given by Lisa Hinano Rey, Natural Resource and Environmental Management (NREM) in the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, University of Hawai'i, Mānoa. See flyer.
Thursday, April 23, Law School Classroom 2, 5pm-7pm
Panel discussion regarding the difficulties encountered by the Compact of Free Association migrant community in Hawaii's during the migration from medicaid to coverage under the Affordable Care Act. The panel is being moderated by Jojo Peter of the COFA Community Advocacy Network.
Thursday, April 30, Saunders Hall 443, noon
"Human Well-being in Natural Resource Management and Conservation: Status and Challenges," a lecture by Supin Wongbusarakum
Coral Reef Ecosystem Division (CRED), Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).