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Office of the Dean of Arts & Sciences - Spring 2012 Update

Spring 2012 Update from the Dean of Arts & Sciences: 

From the divisions and programs that are under Arts & Sciences, the following events and achievements occurred during the Fall of 2011:

Arts & Humanities    
In concert with other UHCC’s, the faculty of the Hawaiian Studies program will be proposing an A.A. in Hawaiian Studies degree with the goal of its effective date Fall 2012.

Co-sponsored by Te Taki Tokelau Inc. (https://telumanaki.jux.com/) and the Arts and Humanities Division, new History instructor Betty Ickes organized a Community Meeting in the Uluwehi Café on December 14th with the Tokelau Head of State, Ulu o Tokelau Aliki Faipule Foua Toloa and the Faipule (elected representatives) of Tokelau to discuss new developments in issues facing Tokelau, including climate change, energy sustainability, and the perpetuation of the language and culture in the diaspora.

Peter Frary, Professor of Music, directed the Leeward CC Guitar Ensemble in a feature concert in the Leeward Community College Theater on November 20, 2011.  Works performed included Haydn's Symphony No. 1, Joplin's Elite Syncopations and Entertainer, Renaissance Dances by Praetorious, and others.  Members of the UH Guitar Program were featured as soloists.

Leeward CC Guitars

Andria Tupola, new lecturer in music, was hired a month before the fall semester to replace Marilyn Kim who retired after many years of dedicated effort in building up the choral program at Leeward CC.  Despite time constraints, Andria decided to continue the tradition of holding a fall choral concert, Beats of the Season, was scheduled for November 27, 2011 at the Leeward Community College Theater.  The concert was a huge success filled with beautiful harmonies, drumming, dancing, and a wide array of music.  The Leeward Community College Chorus performed songs in Hawaiian, Rarotongan, African, Jamaican, Japanese, and genres of English music.  Kapolei High School, Waipahu High School, Makalapa Elementary, Hawaiian Ensemble for Hula & Oli from Leeward CC, Pacific Division Club from Leeward CC & UH West Oahu, the Cook Island Association, and others were all guest participants in the festivities.  The show was very collaborative, educational, and entertaining.  The night ended with Kapolei High School, Waipahu High School, Makalapa Elementary & Leeward Community College Chorus on stage signing & dancing to Feliz Navidad.  Click onto the below YouTube links to see a few video excerpts taken from that concert.

Performed as a collaborative effort by Leeward Community College Chorus & Kapolei High School.  Directed by Justin Kaupu, Kapolei High School Music Instructor.

Performed by Leeward Community College & The Cook Island Association, directed by Andria Tupola.

Performed by the men of Leeward Community College, directed by Andria Tupola.

Their next concert will be on May 2, 2012 at the Leeward Community College Theater.

Between November 11th – 19th students and former students performed “Oedipus the King,” directed by Betty Burdick, on the main stage at Leeward Theater.  Placed in a slightly futuristic New York City, Oedipus was depicted as a modern CEO and the chorus, a board of directors.  John Signor, Instructor in Music, composed and performed incidental music for the play.

Leeward Theatre

In November, an ensemble of Japanese-Dutch musicians performed “Lahaina Jodo-in no Goeika” in Haarlem, the Netherlands; was composed by John Signor at the Conservatory of Amsterdam's Atlas Academy 2011, proceeds from that concert benefited recent victims of the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan earlier this year.

On December 2nd, Momi Kamahele, Stephanie Palombo, John Signor, and Betty Burdick produced the Fall 2011 “Pau Hana Dance-Drama-Music Blast,” which featured over 130 students performing to a packed house.  With lighting and sound by Don Ranney and his skilled students in theatre/drama/stagecraft class.  Over 21 Hawaiian dance students opened the performance, 36 students from the Modern dance classes performed their own original choreographed works, 15 drama students did 8 monologues, 1 scene, 1 lip sync, and 90 students from the Music 107 courses filled the stage.

Alan Leitner work was featured in the "Redrawn" group exhibit at Temple Emanu-El in September; he was also an invited artist in "Miniatures" Kapi‘olani CC’s Koa Gallery, which ran from November - December 2011.

Shigeru Miyamoto was invited to participate in "Priori-Tea: an Exhibition of Teapots and Mokuhanga Prints" at the Donkey Mill Art Center in Holualoa, in a group show "Thirst" at the Academy Art Center at Linekona.  Shigeru entered and was accepted into the Hawaii Craftsmen's 44th Annual Statewide Juried Exhibition at the Honolulu Academy of Art, where he received two purchase awards from the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts.



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