Finding Home album cover

The Finding Home album cover features photos of UH graduate student artists who are affiliated with the East-West Center.

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa graduate students affiliated with the East-West Center recorded the music album Finding Home to raise awareness about the global refugee crisis.

“Our hope as educated international graduate students was to inspire connection and hope, and to help relate the experiences of refugees to the general public,” said Layla Kilolu, a graduate student in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning in the College of Social Sciences and president of the East-West Center Participants Association.

Recorded in East-West Center’s residential housing by Grammy-award winning music producer Dave Tucciarone, and co-produced by Kilolu, Finding Home was digitally released on December 18, 2018.

The artists will debut an inaugural performance of their songs and poems at the Transcendients: Immigrant Stories of Place art installation by Terasaki Exhibitions on Sunday, March 10, 6 p.m. at Thomas Square Park in Honolulu. The event is free and open to the public.

Read more about the meaning behind each song and what inspired each graduate student to compose it at the Finding Home website.