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Director and Publisher, University of Hawai‘i Press

The University of Hawaiˈi at Mānoa (UH Mānoa) invites applications and nominations for the position of Director and Publisher (Director) of the University of Hawai‘i Press (UH Press). The successful candidate has an exciting opportunity to lead UH Press as it continues to fulfill its mission of advancing and disseminating high-quality scholarship in the humanities and natural and social sciences in the Asia-Pacific region. Continue reading


In July, David Hanlon presented at “Transoceania 2012: Currents of Memory, Identity, and Representation Between the Islands of Japan and Oceania,” convened by Greg Dvorak (CPIS MA, 2005) and funded by the Toyota Foundation with support from the Japan Pacific Islands Center and CPIS. Continue reading


On 3 March, CPIS hosted a workshop to review a curriculum unit piloted at 5 middle schools across the state during January and February. The curriculum targets Hawai‘i State Department of Education (DOE) geography benchmarks and was developed by retired DOE resource teacher Donna Mills, DOE staff Pauahi Kazunaga and Big Island teachers Nino Murray and Peter Wagner, with the assistance of Tisha Hickson and Julie Walsh. The group reviewed the aims of the curriculum and the teachers shared their experiences of using the curriculum and suggested activities. The teachers—Nino Murray and Peter Wagner from Hawai‘i, Renee Adams from Maui, and Sean Johnston and Tracy Palmgren from O‘ahu—shared examples of their students’ work from the pilot curriculum and the creative ways they tweaked the lessons to meet the needs and strengths of students.
The teachers’ suggestions are being incorporated into the final curriculum which will be launched via the CPIS website before the start of the 2012–2013 school year. The goal is to provide a Hawai‘i State standards-based resource for Hawai‘i social studies teachers who teach Hawaiian Studies and Pacific Island Studies to 7th grade students.
Curriculum workshop participants.


The UHM Māori Program will host Dr Te Raukura o Te Rangimārie Roa for the 2012–2013 academic year. Te Raukura o Te Rangimārie affiliates with Waikato, Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Apakura, and Ngāti Korokī-Kahukura. Dr Roa is a fluent speaker of Māori and a member of the first cohort to have benefited from Māori language immersion education. She received a PhD in linguistics and Māori from the University of Waikato, and she is currently the Te Wheke a Toi Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at Waikato, Te Kotahi Research Institute and Te Pua Wānanga. Continue reading