01 Feb '11


Posted by admin in Film, Hawaii, Manoa, Polynesian, UH

Pacific Islanders in Communications, Kamakakuokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies, the Academy for Creative Media, Kawaihuelani Center for Hawaiian Language, and the Center for Pacific Islands Studies present DEEP WATERS - a four-day Pacific Film Series at the Kamakakuokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies Halau o Haumea, honoring Pacific filmmakers, the majesty of Oceania, and the stories we share.
Honorees include esteemed Maori filmmaker Merata Mita, legendary Hawaiian musician and filmmaker Eddie Kamae of the Hawaiian Legacy Foundation, and political and cultural powerhouse filmmakers Puhipau & Joan Lander of Na Maka ʻo ka ʻAina.  Featured films include a stunning retrospective of Merata's works as presented by filmmaker Himiona Grace of the New Zealand Film Archive, Eddie Kamae's recent production Those Who Came Before, recently digitized and re-mastered films about Kahoʻolawe by Na Maka, the highly acclaimed documentary Papa Mau: The Wayfinder by filmmaker Naʻalehu Anthony, and special screenings of Pacific shorts, including projects created by UH-Manoa students and staff.
This 4-day event is free and open to the public. Each night begins at 5:00 pm with acknowledgement of the night's honorees and ʻono Pacific food.
17 May '10


Posted by admin in Graduate, Paul Kema, UH

Congrats to our dear friend, Daniel Ito. A real life Van Wilder.
Confessions of a UH Graduate
By Daniel Ikaika Ito/Editor of Contrast Magazine

I wish I could have worn the Fitted’s UH Gray New Era during the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa graduation ceremony at Stan Sheriff Center on Saturday. I would have looked so gangster when UH Chancellor Virginia Hinshaw gave me my diploma and shook my hand like one of the boys . I actually made Chancellor shake my hand homie-style and give me a the one-armed hug. “Bring it in for the real thing, Chancellor,” I said when accepting my bachelor’s of arts in journalism. She played it off well and congratulated me. Yes, of course I tweeted it.
After a brief Kenny Powers’ dance in front of the video camera, I returned to my seat and looked up to the balcony where my parents, brothers and friends were sitting. I then realized that going back to college was the right move to make. Although I never needed my degree to find success as a journalist, I now know that my experience at UH will only benefit myself, family and career.
As I type on the new Apple Macbook I received as graduation gift I’m fully aware that swallowing my pride and burying my nose in the books built more character than I had before and increased my swagger exponentially. If I can juggle freelancing as surf journalist for three publications, working public relations for the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, starting Contrast Magazine and being a full-time student then there is nothing I can’t handle in my work.
So I say to the Class of 2010, “Congrats! Remember to always champion Hawai‘i and hustle like there’s no tomorrow.” And I say to my professors and alma matter, “Thanks for the stress and debt.” Now it’s time to make that paper.