Supervising Instructor

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

 Supervising Graduate Assistants

  • Halena Kapuni-Reynolds
  • Kristin Remington
  • Kimberly Jackson
  • Melissa Rand

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

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