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Fo Reel! Da Pidgin Film Festival

Fo Reel! Da Pidgin Film Festival – the first annual film festival showcasing existing films produced by UH students that are in and/or about Pidgin. The top 10 films will be shown at a festival in the UH-Manoa Art Auditorium (details to be announced).

Deadline submission: ongoing

Submission criteria:

  • Films must have been produced by current UH-system students (all campuses)
  • Films must be in or about Pidgin
  • All genres welcome
  • 12 minutes maximum length
  • Produced within the past 5 years
  • Two films maximum may be submitted by an individual
  • Submission of film file and application online at:

For more information, contact Christina Higgins at the Charlene J. Sato Center for Pidgin, Creole, & Dialect Studies, UH-Manoa at; 808-956-8610

Funding provided by the Sato Fund and the Student Activity and Program Fee Board (SAPFB)

Da Pidgin Coup

Join us at Da Pidgin Coup, 12:30 pm at TP 101, 1859 East-West Road


March 6  – Planning for Fall event: Using Pidgin as a resource in education workshop (K-16).





Funding provided by the Student Activity and Program Fee Board (SAPFB)

Pidgin in the news

Why Pidgin Still Matters (October 20, 2016)

Proud of Our Pidgin: The Newest Language in the U.S. Census (April 5, 2016)

Write How You Like Write: Representing Hawai’i Creole English as a Literary Participant (March 28, 2016)

Data inspires pride for Pidgin, a Hawaii language (February 18, 2016)

Watch comedian Andy Bumatai give one update on Hawaiian Pidgin English (in Pidgin English) (November 24, 2015)

De-Stigmatizing Hawaii’s Creole Language (November 20, 2015)

U.S. Census Bureau recognizes Pidgin as ‘official’ language (November 16, 2015)

U.S. Census Bureau recognizes Hawaiian Pidgin English as language (November 11, 2015)

NPR’s State of The Reunion: “Hawai’i: The Legacy of Sugar” (May 13, 2014) featuring interviews with UH-Manoa’s Christina Higgins, Jeff Moniz, and Kent Sakoda

Can or No Can? Pidgin Speakers in the Workforce (March 7, 2013) featuring interviews with UH-Manoa’s Laiana Wong, Kent Sakoda, and Christina Higgins

Fo Teach Pidgin o Not Fo Teach Pidgin — Das Da Question (March 2, 2013)

Past Sato Center speakers

Bethany SchwartzMarch 20, 2017Discussion: possible future dissertation work on Pidgin us in childrenPidgin Coup
Georganne NordstromDecember 5, 2016Discussion: talk story about her ideas for writing a book. She is an assistant professor in the English department.Pidgin Coup meeting
Marlene BoothNovember 21, 2016Discussion: what has happened since the release of her documentary “Pidgin: The Voice of Hawai’i” was released 8 years ago. She will also discuss her new project on Kanalu Young.Pidgin Coup meeting
Caleb HartsfieldNovember 7, 2016Discussion: talk story about his Civil Beat article “Why Pidgin Still Matters.”Pidgin Coup
Claire StabileOctober 24, 2016Discussion: update on her Pidgin quotatives researchPidgin Coup
Mary BucholtzMarch 20, 2015“Respeta mi idioma”: Promoting Linguistic Diversity and Sociolinguistic Justice through Youth Research and Activism2014 – 2015 Speaker Series: Language Diversity in Schools and Society
Jeff ReaserFebruary 5, 2015Language as Part of the Diversity Cannon2014 – 2015 Speaker Series: Language Diversity in Schools and Society
John BaughSpring 2013Some linguistic consequences of slavery in the United States2012 – 2013 Speaker Series: Language Discrimination in a Multicultural World
Rosina Lippi-GreenFebruary 17, 2013Linguistic Authenticity & Stereotyping in the Performance of Identity2012 – 2013 Speaker Series: Language Discrimination in a Multicultural World