University of Hawaii Community Colleges' Wo Distinguished Lecture Series features award-winning filmmaker Edgy Lee

University of Hawaiʻi
Yumiko Asai-Lim, (808) 455-0359
Leeward Community College
Kristen Bonilla, (808) 956-5039
External Affairs & University Relations
Posted: Feb 26, 2008

HONOLULU — Award-winning independent filmmaker Edgy Lee will present "Preserving & Sustaining Aloha," a preview of how Native Hawaiian and Hawaiʻi culture will be showcased for a worldwide audience through Internet-based television, at University of Hawaiʻi community college campuses across the state this spring 2008 semester. Lee‘s presentation is part of the Wo Distinguished Lecture Series, a program of the University of Hawaiʻi Wo Learning Champions initiative, which aims to promote enrichment and professional development for faculty and staff at the university‘s community colleges.

Lee‘s presentations are free and open to the public. Remaining presentations for the spring semester include:

  • Thursday, February 28 — 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

    Leeward Community College, GT-105

  • Friday, February 29 — 1 to 3 p.m.

    Windward Community College, Hale ʻAkoakoa 101-105

  • Friday, March 7

    Maui Community College

  • Friday, April 4 — 1 to 3 p.m.

    Kapiʻolani Community College, Ohia 118

  • Friday, April 11 — 2 to 4 p.m.

    Kauaʻi Community College, Electronics Technology Building, Multi-Purpose Room 114

Lee‘s new Pacific Network is an innovative, entertaining, educational Web TV site that promotes cultural sustainability, links Hawaiian communities worldwide and broadens understanding of Hawaiian culture by promoting global cultural awareness. Nine channels are devoted to news, health, travel, sports, the arts, science and the environment.

Lee is a fifth generation Hawaiʻi-born artist and filmmaker. Her documentary films include "Papakolea — Story of Hawaiian Land," "Paniolo O Hawaiʻi — Cowboys of the Far West," "Waikiki — In the Wake of Dreams," and "The Hawaiians — Reflecting Spirit." These films were produced to provide deeper awareness of Hawaiʻi‘s culture for a national public, whose understanding of Native Hawaiians may have been shaped by stereotypes.

The Wo Learning Champions initiative focuses on professional development for faculty and staff in Hawaiʻi‘s two-year institutions. With a focus on learning and an eye on leadership development, the Wo Learning Champions program invests in junior members of the academic community, renews its senior faculty, and promotes the enrichment of all at the state‘s community colleges. The initiative was launched by Dr. Joyce Tsunoda, retired UH senior vice president and chancellor for community colleges, and is funded through the support of the Bob and Betty Wo Family Foundation and the Jim and Juanita Wo Family Foundation.

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