APEC interns behind the scenes

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Fifteen undergraduate and graduate students from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa have been hard at work behind the scenes to help Hawaiʻi a major international event—the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Leaders Meeting in Honolulu.

Led by Mānoa Department of Economics Chair Denise Konan, special advisor on APEC to University of Hawaiʻi President and APEC Hawaiʻi Host Committee member M.R.C. Greenwood, the student interns have helped in various ways.

Read in UH News: Students work behind the scenes to prepare for APEC

Chinese journalists train in Hawaiʻi


Over the past 30 years, 250 journalists from the People’s Republic of China have gained journalism skills and knowledge of Western culture at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Past Parvin Journalism Fellows include now prominent editors and foreign correspondents.

Basketball’s Asia road trip

Two basketball players in Chinese boat

Ten members of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa men’s basketball team spent 16 days in August playing exhibition ball, expanding their horizons and cultivating new fans in China and Japan.

Read in Mālamalama: Warrior basketball takes road trip in Asia and see a slideshow from their travels.

Multicultural World War II camp

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Primarily thought of as an internment site for Hawaiʻi residents of Japanese ancestry, the Honouliuli Camp in central Oʻahu also held Japanese, Okinawan, Korean and European prisoners of war and U.S. citizens of Italian, Irish, Norwegian, Danish, Swedish and Finnish ancestry during World War II. A UH West Oʻahu team is unlocking the site’s long held secrets.

Evidence of ancient Chinese seafaring

Three men in straw hats working with coring rig

Barry Rolett collecting sediment samples

Barry Rolett is interested in the evolutionary impact of rising sea levels, which may have triggered seafaring by early Fujian inhabitants in coastal China. He uses sediment coring to literally dig up the evidence of a maritime culture among probable predecessors to the Polynesian voyagers.

Read in Mālamalama: Tracing China’s ancient mariners.

Seeking Korea’s earliest people

Christopher Bae in hat and holding hammer in front of mountain cave

Christopher Bae on site at a Korean cave

Christopher Bae is working with an interdisciplinary team that includes geoscientists and biological anthropologists to investigate caves in the mountains of the South Korean peninsula. He is seeking hominid fossils and other early deposits that could shed light on human evolution during prehistory Asia.

Read in Mālamalama: Seeking Korea’s earliest inhabitants

Ceramicists East and West

Mexican ceramicist Rosario Guillermo working with clay

Mexican ceramicist Rosario Guillermo working with clay

A dozen ceramic artists from around the Pacific Rim gathered at UH Mānoa for four weeks of collaborative work with clay. The exhibition of artwork resulting from East-West Ceramics Collaboration V is on display through Dec. 9. at the UH Art Gallery on the Mānoa campus.

Video and list of artists in Mālamalama: Ceramicists East and West exhibit at Mānoa

Pacific Islands Climate Science Center

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UH’s Mānoa and Hilo campuses and the University of Guam will lead a new Pacific Islands Climate Science Center, one of eight regional centers established by the Department of the Interior to provide land managers with the best scientific information available on climate change.

Read on the University of Hawaiʻi News site: New Pacific climate center led by UH and Guam universities