Freaks and Monsters 5 April 2022

Freaks and Monsters

Pushing the boundaries of fashion

What does fashion have to do with the odd, bizarre, and taboo? To answer that question, Andy Reilly of the Dept. of Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) teamed up with Kathryn Hoffmann of UH Languages and Literature of Europe and the Americas to co-chair a two-day symposium, “Fashion and…Freaks and Monsters.”

The venue was the annual “Fashion and…” series, originating from the University of Minnesota, which features a different topic each year and where fashion scholars can gather to share their work.

This year’s symposium was hosted online March 9-10 and explored fashion and its connections to the outcasts and misfits who exist on the margins of modern societal standards.

The two keynote presentations, “Harry Styles:  Fashion’s Gender Changeling” and “Occupying Masculinities on the Edge: Crip Dressing and Desiring Disability,” set the tone for a wildly interesting and diverse range of topics, including meat dresses, women’s shapewear and changing norms, fashion and Jewish men, freaky footwear, prosthetic limbs, fashioning sex dolls, and augmented reality. The speakers hailed from Australia, Canada, England, Germany, Hungary, New Zealand, and the United States.

“This was a great opportunity to collaborate across colleges with Kathryn,” says Andy. “Despite the challenges of the past two years, we were able to still gather to share our work and share our aloha with the world.”

Likewise, “Working with Andy on a symposium that brought together such a diverse group of scholars from UHM and around the world was a true pleasure,” says Kathryn. “I am particularly happy that CTAHR and CALL students had the opportunity to see innovative scholarship that crosses the boundaries of fashion, performance, nutrition, gender studies, art, marketing, and the history of technology. I hope it will inspire our students to see their own learning in interdisciplinary ways.”

Several UH Manoa professors also presented at the symposium, offering their unique perspectives on the ever-changing world of fashion:

  • Jinan Banna of the Dept. of Human Nutrition, Food, and Animal Sciences presented “Challenging Diet-related Norms Though Consumption of Okara Food Waste.”
  • Lori Yancura of FCS presented “Brandy and Summer Gloves: Advanced Style as Defiance of Old Age.”
  • Chris Beaule of General Education spoke about “Pishtacos, Colonial Traumas, and Encounters with Threatening Whites in Indigenous Andean South America.”

“I really enjoyed presenting and interacting with people from so many different disciplines” said Jinan. “It’s great to consider how our interests overlap.”

Lori added, “Participation in this conference was a great way for me to stretch my intellectual wings. I learned from the other speakers and hope to submit my presentation to a peer-reviewed journal within the next few months. Multi-disciplinary work is not only possible, it's professionally enriching and enjoyable.”

Photo by John Smith, courtesy of Jordan Wolfson and David Zwirner.

Promoting Food Sustainability 5 April 2022

Promoting Food Sustainability

The ‘Food Systems Working Group’ forum is April 14

Passionate about sustainable food production? CTAHR’s Food Systems Working Group is holding a virtual forum to discuss how we can tackle food sustainability from a holistic perspective.

Speakers from CTAHR will briefly explain their current projects on food sustainability, followed by a moderated discussion to identify opportunities to work toward food sustainability on our UH campuses. If you’re interested in learning about how CTAHR projects bring people together to promote food sustainability, the forum will be held April 14th on Zoom starting at high noon (12:00 p.m.)

The forum will feature: 

  • Food Systems Network Analysis Preliminary Findings (Noa Lincoln)
  • Citizen Science for Seeds (Marielle Hampton)
  • Ag Producer Training (Janel Yamamoto)
  • Language Access Among Food Producers (Emilie Kirk)
  • Aquaculture training project (Andre Seale)
  • Aquaponics Projects in School and Back Yards (Ilima Ho-Lastimosa)

“Please join us!” says Sothy Eng. “Your participation is part of the solution! Specifically, students, if you are interested in food, health, and environmental sustainability, this Forum is the place for you to build your social network with our faculty, extension agents, researchers, and specialists, providing you with various opportunities for project/research collaboration, service-learning, civic engagement, and UROP funding mentorship support.”

For more information about the Forum and your interest in being part of the Food Systems Working Group, please contact Sothy at sothy@hawaii.edu. The meeting ID is 829 8985 2070 and passcode is 368839.


CTAHR’s Food Systems Working Group was established in 2016 to answer the question, “How can CTAHR Extension build a healthier and more sustainable food system in Hawaiʻi?” The group developed a framework to guide CTAHR’s food systems activities and strategies. As a result of the group’s efforts, we have identified areas of the food system addressed by existing CTAHR activities. Find out more at Food Systems Working Group.

Last Chance! Rainbow Bazaar 5 April 2022

Last Chance! Rainbow Bazaar

Fashion students fundraise for Vogue 56

Stop by the Rainbow Bazaar for second-hand clothing, accessories, and shoes!

  • April 7th (that’s tomorrow!) 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Campus Center Courtyard (by the ATM)

All proceeds will support Vogue 56, UH Mānoa’s Annual Fashion Show set for May 1.

“The Fashion Show Production team has been collaboratively working since January to make this show a success, putting in hours both on and off campus to help prepare for the event – you can help by picking up some second hand clothing, accessories, and shoes at our last Rainbow Bazaar of the semester before the Fashion Show! We can't wait to see you this Thursday!” says Allison Parten, a design student in the Fashion Design and Merchandising program of the Dept. of Family and Consumer Sciences.

A Hui of O`ahu Farms 5 April 2022

A Hui of O`ahu Farms

New PAID internship starts this summer

Ho`okua`aina, Kako`o `oiwi, Kualoa Farms, Kuilima Farms, The Banana Source (The Big Tree Farm), and MA`O Organic Farms have pooled their collective strength to offer a unique Farm Expansion Experience opportunity for an enterprising student. The FE`E internship is a 12-week, full-time, paid, on-farm, in-community, production-based, climate-smart regenerative agriculture experience. It is open to junior/senior undergrads through grad students, as well as those recently matriculated.

The internship provides space for the intern to have an intensive hands-on experience that could lead to full-time employment in Hawaiʻi’s local food system. The lucky student will work with each farm toward scale production of potentially hundreds of thousands of pounds of new local food.

“Students don’t necessarily have to be on a mahi`ai career path, but have a deep interest in, and a commitment to, sustainable community food systems, says Gary Maunakea-Forth of MA`O Organic Farms.

For questions, contact Matt Lau matt@maoorganicfarms.org. The internship is made possible by a USDA NRCS grant.

NREM Fellowship 5 April 2022

NREM Fellowship

Generous stipend will enable undergrads to restore what makes Hawaiʻi special

Attention students: If you have a passion and interest in learning about and managing ecologically and culturally significant ahupuaʻa in Hawaiʻi, Travis Idol in the Dept. of Natural Resources and Environmental Management has an opportunity for you. NREM is offering a Research and Extension Experience for Undergraduates in Biocultural Restoration and Management on Oʻahu. The year-long fellowship opportunities are for UH undergraduates. Fellows will work with a team of UH faculty, resource professionals, stewardship organizations, and community members to do hands-on work in the field, carry out priority research projects, and give back to the community and the ʻaina. The fellowship comes with a $5,000 stipend from REEU, $1,000 in project supplies and $500 in travel expenses.

“Student, come learn, engage, and contribute to the sustainability of Hawaiʻi’s environment, the health of local communities, and the enrichment of Hawaiian culture,” says Travis. “You will conduct research with UH faculty, get real-world experience in sustainable agricultural production and natural resource conservation, and network with professionals and community members dedicated to restoring what makes Hawaiʻi special.”

Read more about the NREM fellowship.


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