Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Construction notice

Beginning Monday night, November 13, the Hawaiian & Pacific Collections reading room will be part of a construction project that will replace a section of the exterior windows on the third, fourth and fifth floors of Hamilton Library. This project, which is anticipated to be completed in March 2018, will require the construction of a floor-to-ceiling barrier-wall in our reading room -- the majority of actual construction work will be occurring during hours when the Hawaiian and Pacific Collections are already normally closed, and we do not anticipate any closures or additional construction noise during our standard hours of operation (which are currently 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and the 1st Sunday of each month, from 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.). Barring any unforeseen circumstances, our reading room will remain open throughout the project, and all normal services will be available. Our reading room hours can be found here.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Girmitya Records at the National Archives of Fiji


Opeta Alefaio
Director of the National Archives of Fiji
Girmitya Records at the National Archives of Fiji

As part of the Hawaiian & Pacific Collections Occasional Lecture Series, Mr. Opeta Alefaio, Director of the National Archives of Fiji, will discuss histories of migration and diaspora that can be discovered through records held in his institution. These multi-strand histories in turn tell a larger, ongoing story about the evolving Pacific.

When: Friday, October 20, 2017. 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Where: UH-Manoa Hamilton Library Room 301

About the presenter:
A Pacific islander of Tuvaluan (Nukufetau & Vaitupu) and Fijian (Rewa & Cakaudrove) descent, Opeta Alefaio read History, Politics, and Journalism at the University of the South Pacific, before spending two years at Monash University in Melbourne, from which he holds a Masters Degree in Business Information Systems. While at Monash, he was also the joint recipient of the 2011 Australian Society of Archivists Margaret Jennings Award. After eight years in the private sector and a brief stint at Fiji’s Ministry of Information, Opeta joined the National Archives of Fiji, where he has spent the last fourteen years. Opeta is currently President of the Pacific Regional Branch of the International Council on Archives, and is an Executive Board member of the International Council on Archives.

For more information, email or call 956-2847

Friday, September 29, 2017

Hawaiian & Pacific Collections Honored with New Endowment

On the evening of Tuesday, Sept. 26, a signing ceremony for the newly established "Hawaiian and Pacific Collections Endowment in Honor of Its Faculty and Staff" was held in the Hawaiian and Pacific Collections reading room. The endowment was funded by Professor Emeritus Albert J. Schütz (pictured at right), whose relationship with the Library dates back to the time of Janet Bell (the Hawaiian Collection's first curator), Renée Heyum (the Pacific Collection's first curator) and Mary Muraoka (an early staff member), and continues until today. Prof. Schütz is the widely renowned linguist who has authored foundational scholarly texts on the Fijian and Hawaiian languages, as well as popular and well-known trade publications such as Say it in Fijian: An Entertaining Introduction to the Standard Language of Fiji and All About Hawaiian. The librarians and staff of the Hawaiian and Pacific Collections extend their gratitude first and foremost to Prof. Schütz for his generosity and thoughtfulness, and also to the Library's development officer SaraLyn Smith of UH Foundation for her work on their behalf. The signing ceremony was followed by a reception hosted by Interim University Librarian Monica Ghosh and the Library Administration.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Volume 28, no. 2 of The Contemporary Pacific is now available in open-access format at: The Contemporary Pacific, which is co-published by the UH-Manoa Center for Pacific Islands Studies and the University of Hawai'i Press, is the world's foremost journal of interdisciplinary scholarship relating to Oceania. Back issues, from Volume 1. number 1 (1989) through one year prior to the present are freely available via Scholarspace, the UH-M Library's digital repository. Current issues are available to UH-M students, faculty and staff via Project Muse (which houses issues from the year 2000 through the present).

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Changes to Hawaiian and Pacific Collections Hours

The UH-Manoa Library Administration recently released the below announcement, regarding changes in hours to the Hawaiian and Pacific Collections. 


The UH Library is instituting three changes to the hours for the Hawaiian and Pacific Collections (HP) at Hamilton Library.
  • From August 14-17, 2017, during the "interim week" between the end ofsummer session and the beginning of the fall semester, HP will be open
    half days from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • During the fall semester, August 21 to December 15, 2017, Sunday hourswill be limited to the first Sunday of the month from 1 to 5 p.m. Thedates of these Sundays are September 3October 1, November 5 and December3.
  • From December 18, 2017, to January 5, 2018, during winter break, HP willbe open half days from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Otherwise, HP hours remain the same this fall: Mondays to Fridays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Updates to our reading room hours will be posted on the Library's website as well as on the Hawaiian and Pacific Collections blog as they become available. If you would like to receive email updates, please write to

Thank you,
Library Administration