Norman Thompson – University of Hawai’i, Manoa (O’ahu, Hawai’i)

Norman “T-man” Thompson III was born and raised in Lā‘ie, Hawai‘i. In 2009, he graduated from Brigham Young University Hawai‘i with a bachelors degree in English, and obtained a Master’s degree, also in English, in 2012, from the University of Hawai‘i Mānoa. He is currently a PhD Candidate in English at the University of Hawai‘i Mānoa, focusing his studies on Pacific Literatures. Of Hawaiian, Sāmoan and Māori heritages, Norm’s research interests have always revolved around topics of the Pacific. At BYU-Hawai‘i he wrote on the treatment of time and history in renowned Sāmoan author Albert Wendt’s Leaves of the Banyan Tree, and Walter Benjamin’s Theses on the Philosophy of History. At U.H. Mānoa, his Master’s project critiqued Immanuel Kant’s theory on Māori tattooing (Tā moko) as it is presented in his work, The Critique of Judgement. Norm’s doctoral dissertation  explores modern articulations of Hawaiian identity as seen through various forms of popular culture, namely, music and clothing, tatau (tattoing) and surfing. Norm’s father, Norm Jr., was president of the revered Hawaiian surf club, Hui ‘O He’e Nalu. Norm’s father-in-law is legendary Hawaiian surfboard shaper, Chuck Andrus (Waipa).