Supervising Instructor

  • Karen K. Kosasa, Director, Museum Studies Graduate Certificate Program, Department of American Studies, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.

 Supervising Graduate Assistants

Student Volunteers

  • Logan Tampon
  • Dao Jones
  • Jenna Watling
  • Paul Iseri
  • Lauren Tabor
  • Brye Kobayashi
  • Briana Wagstaff
  • Meagan Kubojiri
  • Shiela Peterson
  • Sarah Smith
  • Jane Suphan
  • Heather Terstegge
  • Rebeccah Treser
  • Teresa Cantero
  • Chapin Sussman

Harold L. Lyon Arboretum

The UHM Museum Studies program would like to congratulate Jill Laughlin, Education Specialist at the Lyon Arboretum, for being named UH Employee of the Year! Jill has worked with many of our Museum Studies students, both undergraduates and graduates. She exemplifies what it means to be an inspiring and caring educator. Mahalo Jill for all your work at the arboretum! Laughlin joined the Lyon Arboretum team in 1992 and has contributed immensely to the development of educational and volunteer programs that strengthen the arboretum’s presence and outreach in the community. The arboretum hosts approximately 50,000 visitors each year who participate in classes, research projects and activities and Laughlin has been instrumental in developing and facilitating non-credit education classes, workshops, special projects and K–8 education programs as well as programs open for the general public.

King Kamehameha V Judiciary History Center

The UHM Museum Studies program is currently working with the King Kamehameha V Judiciary History Center on three upcoming project. More information will be available soon.

Crossing Cultures: The Art of Manga in Hawai‘i features Hawai‘i-based artists and writers who use manga to explore their cross-cultural experiences. Manga is a distinctive form of Japanese comics known for its dynamic graphics and diverse narrative content.  It first appealed to local artists in the 1980s.

Since then, writers and artists have used its engaging and flexible format to represent their unique experiences and the histories and cultures of different communities in Hawai‘i. We start our journey hundreds of years ago in Japan. We then trace manga’s arrival in Hawai‘i on the heels of Japanese popular culture and the enthusiastic reception of superhero television shows. Like their counterparts in Japan, manga artists in Hawai‘i were influenced by American comics. To help you understand this history of cross-cultural influences, we have created a special manga for your viewing and reading pleasure.

This exhibition was curated by Brady Evans, who was a student in the Museum Interpretations course as an undergraduate at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Brady presented this exhibition design as part of his final project in the course and was able to turn his concept into reality in 2013.

Visit the exhibition online here

(left) excerpt from JOURNEY OF HEROES: the Story of the 100th Infantry Battalion and 442nd Regimental Combat Team, Author: Stacey T. Hayashi, Illustrator: Damon Wong