The Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
Spring/Summer Student Activities
Congratulations to the center’s most recent graduates: Lesley Iaukea, Janniese Mulch, and Luseane Veisinia Moalapauu Raass.
Janniese Mulch’s capstone project focused on contributions made by Compact of Free Association (COFA) citizens to their families, especially teenagers who have jobs or provide unpaid services such as babysitting. Janniese’s service-learning project and research was with the Salvation Army Social Services Department in Honolulu, where she continues to work.
Janniese Mulch and Alyssa Nakasone at spring commencement. Photo by Anna Oh.
Lesley Iaukea’s portfolio project, “Ke Mau Ke Pale O Tokelau Hold Fast the Treasures of Tokelau; Navigating Tokelauan Agency in the Homeland and Diaspora,” examines educational models for including Tokelauan language and traditions in Tokelau and diasporic communities in Aotearoa/New Zealand and Hawaiʻi. In August, Lesley begins the PhD program in American Studies at UH Mānoa, where she will continue to research indigenous education platforms.
Lesley Iaukea with MA committee members David Hanlon, John Rosa, and Terence Wesley-Smith (left to right).
Luseane Raass will also continue studies at UH Mānoa, as a CPIS MA student.The center congratulates Terava Casey, who has been awarded a graduate assistantship. Terava and Lee Kava are teaching assistants and Candi Steiner is the graduate assistant for the center’s publications program.
CPIS MA candidate Kealiʻi MacKenzie organized and chaired the session “A Seat at the Kava Circle: Stories and Articulations of the Queer Indigenous Pacific.” Kealiʻi presented “Take it Back to the ‘Main Land’: The Appropriation of Native Hawaiian Culture in the Struggle over Same-sex Marriage in Hawaiʻi.” CPIS MA candidate Kahala Johnson presented “Coming Out of the Imu: Unearthing Queer Masculinities in the Hawaiian Mythology of Kamapuaʻa” in that session.