Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Hawaiian Kalo image database

The UH-Manoa Library's Desktop Networking Services department recently completed an online collection of images documenting sixty-two types of Hawaiian kalo found at the Lyon Arboretum. The images were collected by Lisa Schattenburg-Raymond in 1983, and are part of a collection of material known as A Pictorial Illustration of Hawaiian Kalo Varieties at Lyon Arboretum with descriptions from Taro Varieties in Hawaii. The original collection is part of the Hawaiian Collection's rare holdings, and so this online version will greatly aid access for interested researchers. For each of the 62 varieties depicted, there are images of the entire plant, the leaf blade and the petiole. Powerpoint presentations that group together various of the varieties are also available in the online collection, as are supporting documentation. To view the online collection, go to: http://digicoll.manoa.hawaii.edu/kalo/index.php

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Voyager upgrade to begin May 18, 2014

Beginning Sunday, May 18, the Library will be upgrading its Voyager online catalog. This upgrade is expected to take several days, though an exact finish date is not yet available. While Hawaiian and Pacific Collection users will still be able to search the Voyager catalog as normal, they will not be able to submit online paging requests for materials. Instead, they will need to fill out a manual paging form for any materials housed in our closed stacks. We apologize in advance for the inconvenience.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Center for Pacific Islands Studies events this week

The below is excerpted from an email circulated by the Center for Pacific Islands Studies:

Aloha kākou, 
Please join us for these events:
Three events Tuesday, 2/11
1:30-2:45 Talk story with Dr. Edvard Hviding, University of Bergen, (see bio below) in Hale Pasifika (Henke Hall 308)

“The Legacies of a Hawaiian Generation: From Territorial Subject to American Citizen.” 
​by ​
Dr. Judith Schachter
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in George Hall 301
Judith Schacter is Professor of Anthropology and History, Department of History, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She has been doing fieldwork in Hawai`i for over two decades, and the material has been published in chapters and essays as well as in her recent book, The Legacies of a Hawaiian Generation: From Territorial Subject to American Citizen (Berghahn 2013). Recent publications include: “Sovereignty, Indigeneity, Identities: Perspectives from Hawai`i” in Social Identities: Journal for the Study of Race, Nation and Culture (May 2012); “One Hundred Percent Hawaiian: Life Stories, Politics, and Anthropology” in Anthropology and Humanism, June 2010; “’A Relationship Endeared to the People’: Adoption in Hawaiian Custom and Law” in Pacific Studies, Special Issue, Sept./Dec. 2008. Her next project will be an inquiry into the Americanization of Hawai`i in the 1950s.

“The Elusive Concept of “Capacity Building” in International Development”
​by ​
Dr. Paige West
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in BusAd G103 
Dr. West's talk concerns the idea of “capacity” in Papua New Guinea. Dr. West argues that discussion of “capacity”, “capacity building”, or people “lacking capacity” plays a key role in contemporary accumulation by dispossession. She connects these discourses to images of primitivism and argues that the enduring image of the primitive does more than irritate anthropologists. Its material effects are the dispossession of Papua New Guineans from land, labor, natural resources, money, and rights.

10am-2pm “Roots Resilience Romance” UHM Sustainability Courtyard
“Roots Resilience Romance” with 1 Billion Rising campaign to stand for Women and Climate Justice. Join us to learn more, share your message on a poster, learn to cultivate native plants with your special someone, and join CPIS student Maria Barcinas for weaving demonstrations and discussion. 

Edvard Hviding
Professor Edvard Hviding carries out long-term research on the Melanesian South Pacific and is the founding director of the Bergen Pacific Studies Research Group. Hviding presently (2012-15) is the scientific coordinator of the European Consortium for Pacific Studies (ECOPAS), and during 2008-12 he was director of the international collaborative research programme Pacific Alternatives: Cultural Heritage and Political Innovation in Oceania. Since 1986, Hviding has been engaged in long-term anthropological research in Solomon Islands, where he has carried out more than three years of fieldwork mainly in the Marovo Lagoon area of Western Province, from bases in the villages of Chea (on Marovo Island) and Tamaneke (in northern Marovo). He has also visited many other parts of Western Province and Solomon Islands more widely in connection with his work during the 1990s for ICLARM (now the World Fish Centre), and has carried out consultancy work on traditional marine resource management in a number of other Pacific Islands nations. Hviding’s enduring research interests cover a range of interrelated topics such as fishing, agroforestry and the customary tenure of sea and land; kinship and social organization; cultural history and languages of New Georgia; indigenous environmental knowledge and epistemology; leadership and customary law; and the local manifestations and consequences of globalization (including the development initiatives of the Christian Fellowship Church). He has published widely on these aspects of his research, in the form of many articles and book chapters and two monographs, Guardians of Marovo Lagoon (1996) and Islands of Rainforest (2000, with Tim Bayliss-Smith).
Hviding also carries out activities that connect his anthropological and linguistic work with rural educational needs in Marovo Lagoon, as shown by the three multilingual books he has published in Marovo and other New Georgian languages (as well as English) and distributed to schools and villages around Marovo and northern New Georgia and at Gizo. Currently this aspect of his work takes place in the context of UNESCO and Solomon Islands Government projects on vernacular education, and has involved the distribution of his book Environmental Encyclopedia of Marovo Lagoon (2005) as a locally informed teaching tool to many schools affected by the 2007 earthquake and tsunami. With professional film producers and in cooperation with the Solomon Islands National Museum, Hviding has co-directed and co-produced several anthropological documentary films based on his research in Marovo, including Chea’s Great Kuarao, which has been widely screened in Solomon Islands.
Hviding leads the Bergen Pacific Studies Research Group based at his university, and coordinates the international research programme Pacific Alternatives: Cultural Heritage and Political Innovation in Oceania with institutional partners in the Pacific (including the national museums of Solomon Islands and Vanuatu), Australia, the United States and Europe. This programme explores the possibilities for building a network of rural fieldworkers in several provinces of the Solomons, including prospects for reviving the cultural sector of the Western Province government. With Dr. Graham Baines, Hviding developed the “Bergen Initiative” after the earthquake and tsunami that hit the Western Solomons in 2007, in an attempt to connect the accumulated, mainly overseas scholarship on the Western Solomons to urgent and more long-term practical needs in that part of Solomon Islands. The establishment of the Western Solomons Research Database, in dialogue with Western Province leaders, is a major outcome of this initiative.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Renee Heyum Award

The Below is quoted directly from an email circulated by the UH-M Center for Pacific Islands Studies:

The Renee Heyum award is a partial tuition scholarship for Pacific Islanders awarded every spring for the following academic year through the STAR scholarship database application system:  https://www.star.hawaii.edu:10012/Scholarship_live/login.jsp   While most of the scholarships on STAR have a deadline of Feb. 14th, the Heyum award’s deadline is midnight, March 7th.

If you login to the database above and search for HEYUM you’ll find the description of the award. If you click “apply” in the top right hand corner you will see what I have attached here as a PDF. The application requires a couple of PDF documents to be uploaded to the application site, including a 3 page statement (details on the attachment), and scanned unofficial transcripts (STAR transcripts are ok). You will also need the names and email addresses of three people who can write reference letters for you. The references will be sent a link to complete (or upload) their reference letter online by March 7th, midnight.
Please direct questions to Dr. Julie Walsh at jwalsh@hawaii.edu.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Hamilton Library hosts program celebrating legacies of Queen Lili'uokalani

The below is quoted directly from an email circulated by Teri Skillman, the UH-M Library Events Planner:

UH Mānoa's Hamilton Library will host “He Lei, He Aloha: This is a Lei of Love, The Legacies of Queen Lili'uokalani,” a free program celebrating the enduring legacies of Queen Lili'uokalani.  Learn about the legacies of Queen Lili'uokalani on Sunday, January 26, at 3:30 p.m. in the Hamilton Library Alcove.The program is presented by the Hawai'i State Public Library System (HSPLS) and is currently touring at 28 public libraries statewide through February 13, 2014.

Queen Lydia Lili'uokalani, the last reigning monarch of Hawaiʻi, was renowned for her music, love for her homeland, and complete dedication to the needs of her people. The Queen expressed her aloha for her people through her actions and the examples she set.

This program features selected readings from Hawai'i’s Story by Hawaiʻi’s Queen written by Queen Lili'uokalani, a sing-along of the Queen’s music from The Queen’s Songbook published by Hui Hanai, a 10-minute film vignette Ku'u Aina Aloha that expresses the love of these islands as inspired by the Queen, and a brief talk story moderated by members of the 'Iolani Guild of the Episcopal Church in Hawaiʻi.

Meleanna Aluli Meyer, artist, art-educator, filmmaker, and descendant of Emma Nawahi, a close confidante of Queen Lili'uokalani, serves as narrator of this participatory program. The Queen Lili'uokalani Trust, Hui Hanai, Native Books/Na Mea Hawaii, Hawaiian Airlines, Alexander & Baldwin, the Kamehameha V Judiciary History Center, Pu‘uhonua Society and the 'Iolani Guild of the Episcopal Church of Hawaiʻi are sponsoring this 45-minute program that is suitable for ages 12 and older.  The 2013-2014 program schedules are subject to change and can be viewed at www.librarieshawaii.org.

Concurrently, Hamilton Library is hosting two exhibits that can be viewed at the same time.  In the Hamilton Alcove attendees can view the photographs of Brother Bertram, a Marianist priest and a monarchy supporter who resided in Hawai'i prior to and through the overthrow of the Hawaiian Monarchy.  The exhibit, Na Pa'i Ki'i, was developed by Al Lum and is on loan from Chaminade University through the Spring 2014 semester.
The second exhibit in the Hamilton Elevator Gallery features historical photographs and important memorabilia of the Royal Hawaiian Band from Henry Berger through the current Bandmaster Clarke K. Bright.  This exhibition celebrates the Royal Hawaiian Band as a living legacy from the Monarchy Period of Hawaiʻi (1810-1893). Established by King Kamehameha III in 1836 as The King’s Band, it reached its zenith during the Kalākaua Dynasty under its most celebrated bandmaster Henry Berger. It is the only band in the Pacific region founded on the initiative of a reigning sovereign rather than a colonial power. It is the oldest extant public brass band in the United States.  The exhibit is on loan from the Royal Hawaiian Band through the Spring 2014 semester.

For more information, contact Teri Skillman at skillman@hawaii.edu.