ES Talk Story on Ferguson: Students and faculty came together to discuss the events that transpired
The Fall 2014 ES Colloqium Series continues with Dr. Jonathan Okamura discussing his new book
Thank you to everyone who came to the ES Open House, It was great to see a bunch of new faces!
ES Chair Ty Tengan interacting with Kaylene Evans and Josann Jenks at the Fall 2014 ES Open House
Graduate Assistant Megumi Chibana (left) representing Ethnic Studies at the 2014 College of Social Sciences College Fair
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.

April 2, 2015




Crawford Hall 115


Panel: Suzanne Falgout, Leilani Basham, Linda Nishigaya, Amy Nishimura & Gary Tsuru, University of Hawai'i, West Oahu


Part of the Department of Anthropology Colloquium Series. Cosponsored by the Department of Ethnic Studies and Center for Pacific Island Studies.




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January 14, 2015

Roland Kotani Endowment Fund Student Scholarship 2015 - 2016


A $1000 scholarship intended to assist students who share Kotaniʻs interest in social change as a means to empowering people allowing students to conduct research in areas of Hawaiiʻs multiethnic histories and communities, social movements and political economy.


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December 11, 2014

Spring 2015 Class Availability



If youʻre still looking to fill requirements check out these courses that are still available for enrollment.


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Department Notices

March 20, 2015

Office Closed

The Department of Ethnic Studies will be closed from March 24, 2015 to March 27, 2015 for Manoa Green Days and the Kuhio Dayholiday. We will re-open on March 30, 2015. In case of emergency, please contact our Department Chair, Ty Tengan, by emailing him at

Inside the Ethnic Studies Studio

February 27, 2015

Scarub (of Living Legends) & A-Plus (of Hieroglyphics)

This presentation will feature Scarub and A-Plus, members of three of the most critically-acclaimed hip hop music collectives.





February 18, 2015


This presentation will feature the multi-talented Shing02. Born in Tokyo, raised in Tanzania and England, Shing02 came up in the independent SF Bay Area scene in the early 1990s. Over the course of his independent career starting in 1995, the bilingual MC has made the transition from sample-based music to live performances with a full band incorporating traditional instruments, while remaining true to his hip hop roots.



Island Connections

February 20, 2015

Ethnic Studies in Oceania

Guests: Ty Tengan, Chair of Ethnic Studies — UHM; Davianna McGregor, Professor of Ethnic Studies — UHM; Brian Chung, Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies — UHM


The guests discussed the significance of the Department of Ethnic Studies’ Conference, “Our Future, Our Way: Directions in Oceanic Ethnic Studies” to be held from March 11-14, 2015 to the development of the field of Ethnic Studies scholarship for the academy and community.

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