Graduate Assistant Megumi Chibana (left) representing Ethnic Studies at the 2014 College of Social Sciences College Fair
Congratuations to our Spring 2014 graduates! (From L to R) Dexter Artienda, Adriana Quijano, Jessica Taira, Carlolina Torres, and Genesis Shin
Congratulations to Dr. Roderick Labrador for recieving the 2014 Chancellorʻs Citation for Meritorious Teaching Award! (From L to R) VCAA Reed Dasenbrock, Dr. Dolores Foley, Dr. Priyam Das, Chancellor Tom Apple, Dr. Rod Labrador, Dean Denise Konan, and Dr. Ty Tengan
Faculty and friends enjoying ES ʻAWAkea
ES major and ESSA member Paul Martin representing the department at the 2014 Manoa Experience
Welcome to the Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa. Initiated in 1970, Ethnic Studies combines traditional and contemporary methodologies with new perspectives on issues of race, ethnicity, and class. The focus is on Hawai'i, with its rich legacy of multiethnic heritages. The research, teaching, and service components, however, also involve the United States and comparative studies of societies around the globe.

October 5, 2014

Book launch:
A Nation Rising: Hawaiian Movements for Life, Land, and Sovereignty


2:00pm - 4:00pm

Nā Mea Hawai'i/Native Books, Ward Centre


Join us for the release of a new book featuring Professors Ibrahim Aoude, Ulla Hasager, Daviana Pōmaikaʻi McGregor, and Ty P. Kāwika Tengan!






September 19, 2014

ES Open House


12:30pm - 4:00pm

George Hall 301


The Department of Ethnic Studies warmly invites you to our Fall 2014 Open House! Come learn about being an Ethnic Studies major, meet the faculty members, and learn about exciting interships and service opportunities.






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September 18, 2014

Professors contribute to new book, "A Nation Rising: Hawaiian Movements for Life, Land, and Sovereignty"


Ethnic Studies Professors Ibrahim Aoude, Ulla Hasager, Daviana Pōmaikaʻi McGregor, and Ty P. Kāwika Tengan contributed articles to this great new book. Grab a copy to read their articles!


To learn more about the book, click here.


August 26, 2014

Fall 2014 ES Course Availability


Still looking for classes to satisfy the HAP and ETH focus requirements? Look no further as the classes listed below can fill both of those requirements! Sign up now while you still can!


ES 101: Introduction to Ethnic Studies (PDF)

ES 221: Hawaiians (PDF)

ES 330: Japanese in Hawai'i (PDF)


July 31, 2014

Department of Ethnic Studies Newsletter


Check out our newly released newsletter! Discover what weʻve been up to during the 2013 - 2014 academic school year!



June 3, 2014

Spotlight: Fall 2014 Extension ES Courses


Listed below are some of the Ethnic Studies courses being offered during the Fall.


ES 338 - American Indian Experience

ES 381 - Social Movements in Hawai’i




June 2, 2014

Spotlight: Summer 2014 ES Courses


Listed below are some of the Ethnic Studies courses being offered during the Summer.


ES 221 - Hawaiians

ES 318 - Asian America

ES 381 - Social Movements in Hawaiʻi

ES 486 - Peoples of Hawai'i


To view more couses being offered click the link below.




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Inside the Ethnic Studies Studio

April 28, 2014

Carolyn Malachi, Matt Reeves, & JFletch

This presentation will feature Grammy-nominated artist Carolyn Malachi, rapper Matt Reeves, and filmmaker and entrepreneur Jermaine Fletcher. Carolyn Malachi blends Jazz, Hip Hop, Spoken Word and lots of imagination into a style Giant Step calls “delicate, refreshing [and] smooth”. The independent, Grammy-nominated artist counts Yasiin Bey (formerly Mos Def), Radiohead, and Sarah Vaughan among her greatest influences.



April 23, 2014


This presentation will feature Hawai‘i-based rapper I.A. Born Jordan Salud on the island of O‘ahu, I.A. is the son of world champion boxer Jesus “The Hawaiian Punch” Salud. He was exposed to music at a young age; in 8th grade he began writing his own lyrics to instrumentals of popular songs and soon after, he started a group with high school classmates named “The Otherz.”



March 19, 2014

Jeff Bernat and JBird

This presentation will feature singer/songwriter Jeff Bernat and producer JBird. The 24-year old singer/songwriter from Reno, Nevada, was born in Subic Bay, Philippines then moved to Japan where his dad was stationed and retired from the U.S. Navy. Jeff moved to Reno in 1995, and has been there ever since. After high school, he started dedicating himself to singing, and began songwriting and music production.



February 26, 2014

Aaron “Angry Woebots” Martin

This presentation will feature Aaron “Angry Woebots” Martin aka “Woes Martin.” Aaron Martin was born on O‘ahu but spent most of his childhood in southern California, some of his youth in Nevada before finally landing back in Hawai‘i during his junior year in high school. Saturday morning cartoons, Kung Fu, and comic books served as early inspirations to be creative in some way. It was during high school in Honolulu when he got into graffiti through Hip Hop culture.



February 24, 2014


This presentation will feature Krystilez, a contributor in the recently released book, Empire of Funk: Hip Hop and Representation in Filipina/o America. His chapter in the book entitled, “Homesteady,” examines his life as a local hip hop recording artist, a radio DJ, and his upbringing on a Hawaiian homestead.



February 19, 2014



This presentation will feature Add+Plus, comprised of Seph1 (rhythm+rhyme) and PaizLee (keys+synths) who began working together in 2005 as lead vocalists for the group Tempo Valley and also for Groove Improv Artists beginning in 2007.



Island Connections

May 9, 2014

COFA and Micronesians in Hawai'i

Guests: Ulla Hasager, Director, Civic Engagement at the College of Social Sciences, UHM; Deja Ostrowski, Member, Compact Of Free Association Community Advocacy Network (COFACAN); Joakim Peter, PHD Candidate in Education, UHM and Director (on Leave) of Chuuck Campus, College of Micronesia.


The discussion focused on the Compact Of Free Association (COFA) and the Treaty obligations the U.S. Federal government has towards Micronesia and the Micronesians, including those who migrate to the U.S. The plight of Micronesians in the U.S. speaks of the federal government not living up to its obligations. The guests discussed also the Basic Health Hawaii provisions and practices since the inception of the health program.

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April 11, 2014

Academic Boycott of Israel

Guests: Cynthia Franklin, Professor of English - UHM; Kehaulani Kauanui, Associate Professor of American Studies and Anthropology, Wesleyan University; George Hudes, Community Activist.


The guests discuss the Palestinian Civil societyʻs call for the academic boycott of Israel in the context of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) worldwide movement. The discussed the American Studies Associationʻs (ASA) process of arriving at the resolution that passed a democratic vote.

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March 14, 2014

Latinos in Hawai'i

Guests: Monisha Das Gupta, Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies and Women Studies - UHM, Director of Center of South Asian Studies - UHM; Sue Haglund, Doctoral Candidate - UHM; Jennifer Jung, Staff Attorney, Hawaii Immigrant Justice Center at Legal Aid Hawai'i.


The program deals with the state of Latinos in Hawai'i by focusing on a study of Mexicans in the state sponosed by the Mexican Governmentand conducted by a team headed by Dr. Monisha Das Gupta. The discussion also included immigration policies, racial profiling, and racism towards Latinos in the state.

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February 14, 2014

The Middle East: Between Conflict and Negotiations

Guests: Farideh Farhi, Ph.D., Affiliate Professor of Political Science - UHM


The program deals with U.S. policy in the Middle East with a focus on Iran, Syria and the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.

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