Letter from the Chair

Greetings!

With this brief welcome I invite you to learn more about our department and explore ways to connect with our program through its faculty and students.

Our department is built on principles that have organized anthropological research for many decades, while at the same time seeking new directions that reflect recent transformations in the field and our unique geopolitical location in Hawai‘i with its strong ties to the Pacific and Asia.

Like the majority of anthropology programs in the United States, our department combines expertise in archaeological, biological and cultural anthropology. Our work in these areas is informed by the recognition that our location in the Hawaiian islands is home to a Native people, Kanaka Maoli, who continue to assert kuleana (rights and responsibilities) as ‘Ōiwi (Indigenous people). The history of our department, and the university as a whole, is built upon the significance of the Hawaiian islands as a place for cultural encounter, political struggle and relationship-building between the United States and Asia and the Pacific.

Kuleana defines the ethical basis upon which we establish who we are and what we do as scholars and as citizens. If anthropology is the study of humankind in all its interactions, symbols, objects, emotions, meaning systems, and struggles, then kuleana expresses principles of respect and obligation that guide that endeavor.

We invite you to be part of our community: visit, apply, collaborate, as we continue to fashion a distinct vision for anthropology in and of the future.

News & Events

>Academics: Interested in pursuing a Master’s degree that focuses on engaged practice in communities? Consider the Department of Anthropology's new MA track program in Applied Cultural Anthropology in Hawai‘i, the Pacific and Asia!

>Kudos: Congratulations to Leslie Sponsel and his book Spiritual Ecology: A Quiet Revolution on winning at the Green Book Festival.

>KULEANA Award: Congratulations to the KULEANA Award winners, Adam Lauer and Tina Schmidt!

>Kudos: Congratulations to Gordon Wyatt (Urban and Regional Planning, M.A. student) for winning the Ann Dunham Soetero scholarship for 2014 - 2015.

Geoffrey White
Department Chair
anthchr@hawaii.edu

Contact Us

Graduate Chair

Christopher Bae
gradchr@hawaii.edu

Undergraduate Advisor
Alex Golub
anthadv@hawaii.edu

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anthprog@hawaii.edu

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