Department of Anthropology 2015 Annual KULEANA Award

2015 KULEANA Award Winners

Maura Stephens (Christian Peterson)

Maura Stephens, as President of the Anthropology Graduate Student Association (AGSA), has contributed greatly to the life of the department this year. In that capacity she has, in particular, worked to enhance connections between our graduate and undergraduate programs. Her efforts to encourage new enrollments from undergraduates (and graduates) in the department’s chapter of the national Lambda Alpha Honors Society has contributed to a revival of the chapter. As AGSA President, Maura has facilitated contributions from all her colleagues in sustaining active involvement of students in department activities that go beyond degree work and contribute to the community as a whole.

Geoffrey White (Christine Yano)

I am pleased to take this opportunity of Anthropology’s Kuleana Awards to nominate Geoff White for the service he has extended to the department. Geoff brings with him a wealth of experience in organizations and a scholarly reputation that has helped establish the Department of Anthropology as a leading player in research in Asia and the Pacific. These elements stand as parts of an illustrious career. What makes Geoff stand out specifically in terms of kuleana is the way in which he has used these skills and achievements in service to the department. In short, he has put the needs of the department before his own, teaching us the value in being a team player, and doing so with grace and dignity. I can only hope that his example inspires all members of the department, from students to faculty to staff, to consider ways in which they, too, may contribute. We sincerely thank Geoff for his generosity of spirit and true leadership.

2014 KULEANA Award Winners

Adam Lauer (Michael Pietrusewsky)

Since entering our graduate program in 2005, Adam has unfailingly stepped-up to help with teaching, managing the archeology and physical anthropology laboratories, and numerous "staffing emergencies" in the department. He has also helped several faculty members of this department with their field research (e.g. Christian Peterson & Tianlong Jiao in China and Michael Pietrusewsky in Taiwan). In addition to his long list of service to the department and UHM, Adam has provided important pro bono work to the community that exemplifies KULEANA.

Tina Schmidt (Maura Stephens)

Tina Schmidt has shown tremendous dedication and service to the community, both within the department and outside of it. For example, Tina helped spearhead the rekindling of the undergraduate anthropology club (Anthropology Undergraduate Student Association-AUSA) earlier this school year. Through AUSA, she assisted in organizing a food drive which was very successful, raising a significant amount of money and food donations for the local community. She is a hard-working and enthusiastic student, as well as a friendly and kind person. I believe Tina's commitment and attitude toward the community is deserving of a KULEANA award.

2013 KULEANA Award Winners

Jim Bayman (Rosanna Runyon Thurman)

I would like to recommend Dr. James Bayman for the Kuleana Award. He has been integral in coordinating local archaeological projects on Oahu. He promotes the relationship between archaeologists and the cultural community and provides opportunities for native and local students to achieve an advanced education. His influence is exactly what the discipline needs in order to bridge the gap between anthropology/archaeology and communities in Hawai`i. He has assisted me in conducting a community-based project for which I am very grateful.

Elaine Nakahashi (Geoff White)

When I first heard about the new Kuleana Award in our department, one person leapt to mind: Elaine Nakahashi. It is easy to nominate her for this award because I imagine that there is no one in the department (faculty, staff, students) who has not come to appreciate her aloha. She embodies that unusual combination of personal traits that make her both effective and cheerful. Where most of us are quick to express impatience with the frustrations, small and large, experience in dealing with institutional matters, Elaine usually does so with good natured laughter (at the same time as finding solutions that make our lives easier). In the process, Elaine builds good will and aloha for all of us. She’d be a great selection for one of our first Kuleana awards.

Eden Southworth (Jan Brunson)

For the past two years, Eden Southworth has demonstrated exceptional dedication to a special event that brings together faculty, students, and, most importantly, the local community to discuss an issue fundamental to social and biological reproduction: how do we make birth safer for women and infants? What started as an exploratory class project in my course Applied Anthropology developed into a cause to which Eden continues to dedicate her time and energy. While the first event in 2012 was created for class credit with her codirector Alejandra Alexander, the second annual community event - which promises to be even more successful - was completely a result of Eden's and Alejandra's continued interest and commitment to women's health in Hawai`i. Neither of them are receiving course or internship credit for their efforts for the upcoming event. Thus for her voluntary efforts and dedication to bringing together a group of birth practitioners, community members, educators, and students, I nominate Eden Southworth for the Department of Anthropology Kuleana Award.

Rosanna Runyon Thurman (Jim Bayman)

I nominate Rosanna Runyon Thurman for the Kuleana Award. Rosanna's ongoing efforts to document, celebrate, and preserve Maunawila Heiau embody the spirit and practice of kuleana. Rosanna has devoted many, many hours and weekends working in partnership with the community and other stakeholders who are concerned with the stewardship of Maunawila Heiau. Organizations in the community who continue to work in partnership with Rosanna Runyon at Maunawila Heiau include the following: McGregor ‘Ohana, Ko‘olauloa Hawaiian Civic Club, O‘ahu Land Trust, Hau‘ula Community Association, Hawai‘i State Historic Preservation Division, Maunawili Heiau Steering Committee, Cultural Surveys Hawaii, and 90 students and two faculty members from BYU-Laie. Rosanna's active engagement of these groups in her archaeological fieldwork and research illustrates her success in accepting a vital dimension of her kuleana as an anthropological archaeologist.