Points of Contact
Hosted by Marlene Booth, Points of Contact: Stories from the University of Hawaii features projects and people from across the University of Hawaii System.
Program topics range from computer science to nursing to Islamic studies in China, from the ways in which tsunami research benefits our understanding of global warming to a look at a program aimed at enrolling students who will be the first individual in their family to graduate from college.
The shows included here were originally broadcast March 30 – June 17, 2005 on Hawaii Public Radio, each is a minute-and-a-half long in mp3 format.
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Training native Hawaiian researchers Kathryn Braun
, professor of public health at Manoa mentors native Hawaiian students interested in doing research work in a program that raises awareness about cancer.
The language documentation project
Manoa linguistics professor Valerie Guerin
helps trains native speakers of undocumented languages in the techniques of description and documentation.
The pre-admission program
Associate Professor Chris Iijima
of Manoa’s William S. Richardson School of Law directs the pre-admission program which creates opportunties for students who have overcome adversity to study law.
One year practicum program
Dean Raymond Yeh
of Manoa’s School of Architecture explains the international mentoring program in which students of the doctoral program participate.
Associate Professor Kanalu Young
of the Center for Hawaiian Studies at Manoa, explains how some consider indigenous musical styles to be a last bastion of unique Hawaiian identity.
Helping families deal with cancer Noreen Mokuau
, professor of social work at Manoa, created the Ohana Intervention to help Native Hawaiian women and their families deal with cancer.
The origin of the universe
Manoa astronomy professor Brent Tully
shares current thinking on what might’ve happened at the very beginning of the universe.
Stories in people’s lives
Local storyteller Nyla Fujii-Babb
works through Manoa’s Outreach College to bring stories, the wisdom of mankind, to the community.
Distance learning Hae Okimoto
, director of Academic Technology Services of the UH System, explains opportunities for distance learning via cable access TV, 2-way video and the internet.
Wood carving and self discovery
Wood-carver Tonu Shane Eagleton
teaches students at Windward Community College how to redirect their energy into wood that would otherwise be scrapped.
Oral health to prevent disease
Nurse Nancy Johnson
, chair of the Allied Health unit at Maui Community College, exposes the link between various health problems and good oral health.
Performing Indonesian randai theatre
Associate professor Kristin Pauka
of the Manoa theatre department coordinated the visit of Indonesian dance masters to teach students in the intensive Asian Theatre Program.
The Common Book Project
Windward Librarian Brian Richardson
explains how school and community activities based around the shared reading of one book helps people to engage the world.
Writer Eric Chock
, instructor in the humanities division of UH West Oahu, helps students get the stories they have inside of them, on to paper.
Native Hawaiian students in the Sciences
Assistant Professor of Science Sally Irwin
makes sure Hawaiian students at Maui Community College have the support they need to pursue studies in the sciences.
Understanding People with Disabilities Jean Johnson
, interim director of the Center on Disability Studies at the UH Manoa College of Education works to improve life for people with disabilities.
Learning from the open ocean
Manoa Professor of Oceanography David Karl
explains the work he and other scientists do in studying the ocean over a long-term period to better understand our world.
Kahoolawe and Hawaiian studies
Hawaiian studies instructor Dennis Chun
’s trips with Kauai Community College students to the island of Kahoolawe bring Hawaiian studies alive.
Teaching botany Hawaii style Brian Yamamoto
, associate professor of natural science at Kauai Community College, uses rare and endangered native and tropical plants to teach botany.
Hawaii construction trades Jon Blumhardt
, dean for transportation and trades technologies at Honolulu Community College, explains the Hawaii Construction Academy that he helped establish.
Predicting the course of lava flows Ken Hon
, assistant professor of geology at Hilo, studies the way lava moves so people and property can be protected in case of an eruption.
Buddhism in Hawaii
Manoa Professor of Religion George Tanabe
on how Hawaii Buddhism can be transformed into a more American religion.
Learning sign Jan Fried
, associate professor and coordinator for the American Sign Language and Interpreter Education Program at Kapiolani Community College, explains how learning to sign is like stepping in to another culture.
Sustainable tourism Pauline Sheldon
, professor of tourism at Manoa’s School of Travel Industry Management, works to balance the hopes of tourists with the needs of residents.
Possibilities of the Web Steve Itoga
, professor of information and computer sciences, explains how technology trends play out in Hawaii business and industry.
The Forest Team Program Fred Stone
and Ken Boche
at Hawaii Community College train students to work and run businesses in natural resouce management.
Tsunami expert Professor Walter Dudley
of the Hilo oceanography department talks about warning systems and education programs to hopefully prevent loss of life when the next tsunami happens.
Business and health care
Professor of Marketing Dana Alden
at the Manoa College of Business works to bring together the business and health care sectors.
Lifelong learning Rebecca Goodman
, director of the Osher Lifelong Learning Center at Manoa, explains how members 50 years old and better enhance their lives through campus learning programs.
The role of diet in cancer
Professor Laurence Kolonel
of the Cancer Research Center of Hawaii works to alleviate the estimated one third of cancer cases that are related to diet.
The role of hula in changing lives Dr. Taupouri Tangaro
of Hawaii Community College, explains the benefits of the Hawaiian Lifestyles program, where hula is the foundation of the learning.
Program in indigenous politics Jon Goldberg-Hiller
, chair of the Manoa political science department, on the indigenous politics concentration, the first of its kind in the country.
Being a composer
Manoa music Professor Byron Yasui
is a composer of classical and jazz music, plays several instruments, and finds inspiration in the details of local life.
Manoa College of Education Professor Kathy Au
teaches teachers to raise both test scores and excellent leaders.
Hawaiian intellectual property rights Danielle Conway-Jones
, associate professor at Manoa’s Richardson School of Law, explains how the ways Hawaiian artists protect traditional cultural creations can influence modern legal practice.
From dropout to college professor
West Oahu psychology instructor Kanoa Meriwether
describes how he overcame an educational hurdle to become a teacher, giving back to the West Oahu community.
Kapiolani Culinary Arts Department Chairman Ron Takahashi
on how students become well-prepared to work at the top levels of restaurant operations.
Muslim life in China today
Manoa Asian Studies Professor Dru Gladney
shares history and insight about Muslim communities in China and how they might impact the West.
Making Hawaiian language viable Kalena Silva
, director of Ka Haka Ula O Keelikolani, Hilo’s College of Hawaiian Language, on the use of Hawaiian as a language of business, government and scholarship.
Reviving Hawaiian language
Ka Haka Ula O Keelikolani, Hilo’s College of Hawaiian Language, Director Kalena Silva
explains why the use of Hawaiian language is a responsibility of everyone in Hawaii.
Trade outside the ahupuaa
Hilo professor and anthropologist Peter Mills
studies rock tools to better understand ancient Hawaiian voyaging and trade.
Hawaiian visual culture
Hawaiian studies assistant professor Maile Andrade
on a new program at Manoa that explores the aesthetic traditions of Hawaiian art.