The Political Ecology Working Group of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa brings together faculty, researchers and graduate students from across the university for seminars and other events. A number of unique characteristics of the university contribute to the forms of inquiry into political ecology engaged by the group. Principal among these is the importance of issues relating to the Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander experience, and to questions of sovereignty and the colonial pasts of Pacific places. The university’s engagement with Asia and its centrality within discussions of coastal and oceanic environments also contribute to the nature of conversations about political ecology taking place there, as does the importance of tourism to the state’s economy. Members of the group have been known to go surfing together.