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Summit on Pidgin in Education

Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Farrington High School – 9am-3pm (lunch provided)

  • Learn about the origins of Pidgin, a language spoken by over 500,000 people in Hawai‘i
  • Understand the linguistic differences between Pidgin and English
  • Watch teachers demonstrate multilingual pedagogies involving Pidgin
  • Make connections between language, identity, and academic success
  • Leave with practical teaching materials and activities involving Pidgin


9 am – WELCOME
Session 1: Get Pidgin? (9:15am-10:15am)
Wot Pidgin? This interactive session will explain the development of Pidgin on sugar plantations in Hawai‘i and highlight how Pidgin differs from English.
Session 2: Talking Story about Pidgin in School (10:30-11:30 am)
No can talk Pidgin in school? This session provides an opportunity to hear about the experiences that Pidgin speakers have had in educational contexts. These stories will offer insight into the various attitudes and beliefs that people have toward this language and whether they have changed over time.
LUNCH (11:30 am-12:30 pm) – Keynote speaker Augie T!
Session 3: Teacher presenta4ons (12:45 pm-2:45 pm)
Like see what teachers do wit Pidgin? In-service teachers from all levels (K-20) will share how they make use of Pidgin in their own classrooms and schools. These presentations will offer teachers ideas and inspiration for ways of embracing Pidgin to enhance learning across grade levels and subject areas.
3 pm—Pau Hana

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Mahalo to Farrington High School for hosting this event. This event is sponsored by the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s Charlene Sato Center for Pidgin, Creole, and Dialect Studies, College of Education, and College of Languages, Linguistics and Literature. For more information, contact Christina Higgins at, 808-294-0323.

Fo Reel! Da Pidgin Film Festival

Fo Reel! Da Pidgin Film Festival – The first annual film festival showcasing films produced by UH students that are in and about Pidgin. The top 10 films will be shown at a festival in the UH-Manoa Art Auditorium (details to be announced). Prize money for the top student films! UH-system student film makers can apply for grants of up to $1500 to produce films from the Sato Fund. Travel money also available for neighboring island filmmakers.

Deadline submission: ongoing

Submission criteria:

  • Anyone can submit but only films produced by current UH-system students (all campuses) are eligible for prize money.
  • Films must be in or about Pidgin.
  • All genres welcome
  • 1-5 minute films preferred (12 minutes maximum)
  • Produced within the last 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


9/11/2017 – Continue talk about the upcoming Pidgin Summit. Try come!








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