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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



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

Pidgin in the news

Educators: Pidgin Belongs in Hawaii Schools (Civil Beat: October 12, 2017)

Pidgin English could be used one day in the classroom (KITV: October 11, 2017)

The Conversation: Summit on Pidgin and Education (HPR: October 10, 2017)

Why Pidgin Still Matters (Civil Beat: October 20, 2016)

Proud of Our Pidgin: The Newest Language in the U.S. Census (Yes Magazine: 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 (Star Advertiser: February 18, 2016)

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

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

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

U.S. Census Bureau recognizes Hawaiian Pidgin English as language (KITV: 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 (Civil Beat: 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 (Civil Beat: March 2, 2013)

Past Sato Center speakers

Amber CampNovember 20, 2017Discussion: brainstorming an upcoming study "Acoustic correlates of stress in Pidgin"Pidgin Coup
Taylor LewisNovember 6, 2017Discussion: brainstorming about doing a study on the comments on Facebook about the Pidgin Summit articlesPidgin Coup meeting
Claire StabileSeptember 25, 2017Discussion: update on her study on quotatives in Pidgin. Pidgin Coup
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