Ty P. Kawika Tengan

Ty P. Kawika Tengan, PhD

Associate Professor

Curriculum Vitae

Office: Saunders Hall 314
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Phone: 956-7831
Email: ttengan@hawaii.edu

Teaching & Advising
Selected Publications


My broad interests include ethnic studies, cultural anthropology, indigenous theory and methodology, colonialism, nationalism, identity formation, gender, masculinities, and cultural politics in Hawai‘i and the Pacific.


I am from Maui and attended Kamehameha School, Honolulu (high school), Dartmouth College (B.A.), and the University of Hawai‘i, where I received my M.A. and Ph.D. (2003). I am Hawaiian, Okinawan, Portuguese, and German, and I am actively engaged as a scholar and community member in the struggles for Hawaiian cultural and political empowerment and self-determination. I am currently an associate professor with a joint appointment in the departments of Ethnic Studies and Anthropology. I am also an affiliate faculty member of multiple units across the UH Manoa campus, including the Center for Pacific Islands Studies, Women's Studies, Political Science and its Indigenous Politics Program, and the International Cultural Studies Graduate Certificate Program (University of Hawai‘i/East-West Center), of which I am a certificate recipient (2000).

Teaching & Advising

I teach the following courses: ES 101 Introduction to Ethnic Studies, Department of Ethnic Studies ES 320 Hawai‘i and the Pacific, Department of Ethnic Studies ES 380 Fieldwork in Ethnic Studies, Department of Ethnic Studies ES 480 Qualitative Research Methods, Department of Ethnic Studies ES 486/Anth 486 Peoples of Hawai‘i, Departments of Ethnic Studies and Anthropology ANTH 152 Culture and Humanity, Department of Anthropology ANTH 316 Anthropology of Tourism, Department of Anthropology ANTH 419 Indigenous Anthropology, Department of Anthropology ANTH 485 Pre-European Hawai‘i, Department of Anthropology.

Since my hire, I have served on 22 graduate (M.A. and Ph.D.) committees, 11 in Anthropology and 11 in the departments of Political Science, Hawaiian Studies, Linguistics, Geography, Urban and Regional Planning, American Studies, and Music.


My book "Native Men Remade: Gender and Nation in Contemporary Hawai'i" (Duke University Press, 2008) presents an ethnography of a Hawaiian men's cultural group on Maui called the Hale Mua. In this work, I describe and analyze the ways in which indigenous men remake their cultural and gender identities, with a particular focus on the intersection of nationalism and masculinities. In addition to the book, I have published an article in the journal "Anthropological Forum" on my work as an indigenous ethnographer in the Hale Mua, and an earlier article in "Cultural Values" that theorizes Hawaiian and Maori men's engagements with sport and the military.

I have also conducted research affiliated with a Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum exhibit entitled “Hui Panala‘au: Hawaiian Colonists, American Citizens,” that tells the story of over 130 young men of Hawai‘i who “occupied” the islands in the equatorial Pacific between 1935-1942 as “colonists” for the U.S. Articles coming from this research appear in "The Contemporary Pacific" and "Peace Review."

I am also involved in the exploration and development of new models for indigenous research in anthropology and the social sciences more generally, as well as the ways in which such research agendas articulate with other modes of critical scholarship. I have published on the history of anthropology in Hawai'i and the efforts of Hawaiians involved in repatriation of human remains and burial objects from museums and government institutions.

Selected Publications

Disappearing Worlds: Anthropology and Cultural Studies in Hawai‘i and the Pacific (PDF) (2001)
Co Authors: Geoffrey M. White

(En)gendering Colonialism: Masculinities in Hawai'i and Aotearoa (PDF) (2002)

Ka Huaka'i o na 'Oiwi: The Journey Home (PDF) (2002)
Co Authors: Edward Halealoha Ayau

Ke Kulana he Mahu: Remembering a Sense of Place (Review) (PDF) (2003)

Ku'e: Thirty Years of Land Struggle in Hawai'i (Review) (PDF) (2005)
Co Authors: J. Lahela Perry

Unsettling Ethnography: Tales of an 'Oiwi in the Anthropological Slot (PDF) (2005)