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The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Office of the Chancellor and the Mānoa Forum presents a public lecture, How Hawaiʻi Changed America with Tom Coffman, recipient of the Hawaiʻi Award for Literature and three-time recipient of the Hawaiʻi Publishers’ Award for Best Non-Fiction. The event will take place on Wednesday, April 8, 6 p.m. at the UH Mānoa School of Architecture Auditorium.

Named after Coffman’s new book of the same title, the forum will explore the collaboration between the University of Hawaiʻi and the community prior to and during World War II. Threatened by marginilization of the Japanese-ancestry community, key individuals mapped a visionary course to circumvent internment, promote interracial harmony, and maximize everyone’s participation in the war effort.

Tom Coffman

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About Coffman

A graduate of Kansas University’s William Allen White School of Journalism, Coffman is a respected author, researcher and producer with special interest in Hawaiʻi and Pacific history and issues.

He worked as a reporter for both the Honolulu Advertiser and Honolulu Star-Bulletin, authored a number of books, publications and documentaries including Nation Within, The Annexation of Hawaiʻi by the United States. He has been recognized for his excellence in research, writing, reporting and film making and continues to make contributions to his field.

—By Kapiʻolani Ching