Indigenous Author Anita Heiss to Speak on September 10 at UH-Mānoa

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Writer and activist Anita Heiss, a well-known advocate for indigenous education in Australia and one of the leading Aboriginal Australians involved in a highly controversial legal case related to Australia’s Racial Discrimination Act, will give a public talk on Wednesday, September 10, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at George Hall Room 227 on the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa campus. Her presentation will be based on her recent memoir, Am I Black Enough for You?, which tells her story of growing up with an Aborigine mother and Austrian father and charts the development of her activist consciousness, including her involvement in the case. She describes and examines her experiences as a modern woman in a country where ethnic and racial identity politics plays a significant role.

The free event is presented by University of Hawai‘i Press and UH Mānoa Department of Ethnic Studies, with cosponsors Center for Pacific Island Studies, Department of Political Science, Department of Anthropology, and Center for Biographical Research. On-campus parking is available for $6 (after 4 p.m.) or free street parking may be available. Click on the image to read the flyer and see the UH calendar for more details.

Denby Fawcett Signs Secrets of Diamond Head: A History and Trail Guide, September 5-6, 2014

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As part of First Friday Hawaii’s Honolulu Art Gallery Walk, on September 5, from 6 to 9 p.m., journalist Denby Fawcett will sign copies of Secrets of Diamond Head: A History and Trail Guide at ARTS at Marks Garage in conjunction with its current “36 Views of Leahi” exhibit. Presented in the spirit of Hokusai’s and Hiroshige’s “Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji,” the exhibit was juried by Masami Teruoka, who selected the best of the submitted art pieces depicting Honolulu’s iconic landmark.

The following day, September 6, at 1:00 p.m., Denby will be at Barnes & Noble, Ala Moana Center, to again autograph her definitive guide to the volcanic crater’s colorful past. To read more about the backstory of Secrets of Diamond Head, which is distributed by UH Press, see Civil Beat‘s August 21 story and the fascinating behind-the-scenes tour of Diamond Head’s tunnels in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser‘s August 13 feature [login required to read the full story].

John Rosa Presents Backstory to Local Story, His Book on the Massie-Kahahawai Case

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Please join us on Sunday, August 10, 2 to 4 p.m., at Native Books/Nā Mea Hawai‘i, as UH-Mānoa history professor John Rosa gives an illustrated talk on his book, Local Story: The Massie-Kahahawai Case and the Culture of History. He will discuss how he researched the book and why the 1931-1932 case continues to have relevance in today’s Hawai‘i. While other books have told the “true crime” details of this case before, Dr. Rosa retells the story and shows how this narrative explains the beginnings of a non-white, “local” identity among Hawai‘i’s working-class people.

Light refreshments will be provided at the free presentation and books will be available for purchase and signing. Native Books is located at the ‘ewa end of Ward Warehouse (1050 Ala Moana Blvd.); phone: 808-596-8885.

Read more about Dr. Rosa’s research on the book in Kaunānā, UH-Mānoa’s online research publication. Also, listen to his April 2014 interview on HPR2‘s The Conversation.


2014 | 176 pages | 978-0-8248-3970-3 | Paper | $19.99

Michael French Smith Writes about PNG on Longitude and HuffPost

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For travelers searching for books and maps about their destination, Longitude has been the go-to resource since 1999. In the July issue of its newsletter highlighting travel to Indonesia, Michael French Smith’s A Faraway, Familiar Place is the featured book for Papua New Guinea and includes an excerpt from his post that appeared earlier on the Longitude blog.

A Faraway, Familiar Place: An Anthropologist Returns to Papua New Guinea is available at a newly reduced price of $35 from UH Press or the Longitude bookstore (where although the price still shows at the original $52, the new price is in effect).

See also Smith’s article on Huffington Post about the political climate and preferential voting system of PNG.

Authors George and Willa Tanabe Honored with JCCH and HHF Awards

On June 21, UH Mānoa professors emeriti George and Willa Tanabe will be honored by the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i with the Spirit of JCCH award, as community leaders who exemplify Japanese American values of Hawai‘i. The award follows last month’s Historic Hawai‘i Foundation recognition of the Tanabes for their book, Japanese Buddhist Temples in Hawai‘i, with a Preservation Media honor award.

There’s still time to reserve a seat at the JCCH Sharing the Spirit of Aloha awards gala, where you can bid on a hardback copy of Japanese Buddhist Temples in Hawai‘i in the silent auction. (We also donated a copy of Shiho Imai’s Creating the Nisei Market, which explores the history and importance of Japanese American merchants in Hawai‘i.)

Congratulations George and Willa!

Photo caption: UH Press executive editor Pat Crosby
joined authors George and Willa Tanabe, and book designer
Julie Matsuo-Chun at the 2014 Historic Hawai‘i Foundation
Preservation Honor awards.

Japanese Buddhist Temples in Hawai‘i: An Illustrated Guide | 2012 | 256 pages
Paper ISBN 978-0-8248-3679-5 | Cloth ISBN 978-0-8248-3663-4