Ellis Codd presented his paper at the 2016 Undergraduate Research Conference.
His paper "discusses the appropriation of native Hawaiian culture. European settlers who came to Hawaii used native practices to lay claim to the islands, and promoted a version of native culture devoid of its religious context. Tourism and the media have perpetuated this skewed version of Hawaiian culture, much to the detriment of native islanders. My aim was to examine how Americans came to use commercialized Hawaiian culture without thinking about its origins."