The Kohala Center awards two Hawaiian Scholars Doctoral Fellowships: Native Hawaiian scientist and engineer pursue research to advance community and environmental sustainability

September 1, 2017 (West Hawaii Today)—Two Native Hawaiian scholars pursuing their doctoral degrees at the University of Hawaii at Manoa have been awarded fellowships by The Kohala Center, a Waimea-based nonprofit focused on research, conservation and education.

Narrissa P. Spies, who is pursuing a doctorate in zoology, and Lelemia Irvine, a doctoral candidate in civil and environmental engineering, will each receive $45,000 and mentorship through the fellowship program to enable them to focus on completing and defending their dissertations during the 2017–18 academic year.

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English professor receives national honor for first book from the Modern Language Association

December 13, 2016 (University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa)—The University of Hawaii at Manoa’s kuʻualoha hoʻomanawanui, associate professor and director of undergraduate studies in English, was recently awarded Honorable Mention for the Modern Language Association prize for Studies in Native American Literatures, Cultures and Languages for her first book, Voices of Fire: Reweaving the Literary Lei of Pele and Hiʻiaka (University of Minnesota Press).
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Mellon-Hawai‘i Doctoral and Postdoctoral Fellows announced

September 2016 (Ka Wai Ola)—The Kohala Center has selected three Native Hawaiian scholars for the ninth cohort of its Mellon-Hawai‘i Doctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowship program. The fellows join 32 Native Hawaiian scholars who have pursued original research and advanced their academic careers through the program.
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Mellon-Hawaii doctoral and post-doctoral fellows announced

August 23, 2016 (West Hawaii Today)—The Kohala Center has selected three Native Hawaiian scholars for the ninth cohort of its Mellon-Hawaii Doctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowship program. They join 32 Native Hawaiian scholars who have pursued original research and advanced their academic careers through the program.
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Mellon-Hawai‘i scholars selected

November 24, 2015 (North Hawai‘i News)—Three Native Hawaiian scholars have been selected as 2015–2016 Mellon-Hawaii Doctoral and Postdoctoral Fellows to pursue original research and advance their academic careers. One of the recipients, Natalie Kurashima, lives in Waimea.
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Three receive fellowships

November 17, 2015 (The Garden Island)—One Kauai native and two other Hawaii natives have been selected as the 2015–16 Mellon-Hawaii Doctoral and Postdoctoral Fellows. The honor allows the three students to pursue original research and advance their academic careers.
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Cream of the crop: An engaging view of Hawaii’s history and monarchy is honored as the year’s best book

NoMakouKa-Mana_CoverMay 3, 2015 (Honolulu Star-Advertiser)—“No Makou ka Mana: Liberating the Nation,” by Kamanamaikalani Beamer, a re-seeing of Hawaii history and the role of alii from an indigenous perspective, has won the Samuel M. Kamakau Award for book of the year, bestowed by the Hawai‘i Book Publishers Association at its annual awards ceremony April 23.

The judges called Beamer’s book “one of those rare texts that could leave even the most jaded of readers feeling like a seemingly immovable tide might actually be turning.”

“No Makou ka Mana” also won in the Hawaiian language, culture and history category, and received an honorable mention for nonfiction.

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»Watch the post-award interview with Dr. Kamanamaikalani Beamer

»Listen to an interview with Hawai‘i Public Radio’s Noe Tanigawa (Hawai‘i Public Radio, June 3, 2015)

»Read “Storied landscapes: An understanding of place defines this year’s Hawai‘i Book & Music Festival” (Honolulu Star-Advertiser, April 26, 2015)

»Buy No Mākou ka Mana: Liberating the Nation