Kenji Cataldo, ‘20


After graduation, I moved to Honolulu through the support of the Dale Fellowship to pursue a year-long research project about Hawaiian movements for land and sovereignty and the impacts of U.S. colonialism. Drawing on interviews with activists, community members, and scholars, I am producing a narrative podcast series sharing the story of Mākua, a sacred valley on O'ahu appropriated by the Army during WWII. The podcast highlights ties between demilitarization movements in Hawai'i and Puerto Rico, where I did my thesis research as a PLAS student. Moving into my second year in Hawai'i, I am starting a new position as a media fellow at the Hawai'i People's Fund through the support of Princeton's Tiger Futures fellowship program. I will be launching a weekly podcast series featuring interviews with HPF grantees who are working across issue areas including environmental justice and indigenous rights. I am also applying to the MA program in Pacific Island Studies at the University of Hawai'i - Mānoa for next year, before hopefully going on to a PhD program in history.