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Pacific Islands Virtual Climate Change Library

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The Pacific Islands Virtual Climate Change Library was recently launched as a collaborative effort between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Oceanographic Data Center, Pacific Climate Information System, coastal managers in American Samoa and Samoa, University of Hawaii School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology, and other Pacific Islands partners. According to the site itself, the Virtual Library "provides web accessible climate information and products such as adaptation guides, case studies, and decision support tools relevant to Pacific Island coastal managers." To view the site, click here or on the image at right. For more on researching climate change within the library and on the Internet, see also our previous blog posting on the subject.

Library Sciences Scholarship Opportunity for Pacific Islands Students

Pacific Resources for Education and Learning (PREL) and the University of North Texas (UNT)Department of Library and Information Sciences, have announced a joint scholarship program for candidates from American Samoa; the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI); the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM: Chuuk, Kosrae, Pohnpei and Yap); Guam; the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI); and the Republic of Palau. The scholarships will be available to up to twenty-three students, and allow them to enroll in UNT's online master's degree in library sciences. For more information on the scholarship program, click here.

Traveling Exhibit: A Voyage To Health

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UH-Manoa's Hamilton Library is currently hosting a traveling exhibit mounted by the National Institute of Health's National Library of Medicine.A Voyage to Health explores the resurgence of Native Hawaiian culture as a means of healing the soul of the community. It focuses specifically on the legacy and revival of voyaging, Kaho'olawe and the Hawaiian Sovereignty Movement. Included as part of the exhibit are reproductions of two photographs from the Steve Thomas Traditional Micronesian Navigation Collection, which is permanently housed in the Pacific Collection.
The exhibit will be in Hamilton Library from Sept. 17 – November 27, 2010 in the CLIC area of the first floor lobby.

Two important online resources for researching the history of Filipinos in Hawaii

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With the help of the UH-M Library's Desktop Networking Services department, an important, unpublished manuscript has been digitized and mounted online as part of the library's Open Access Initiative. Ruben Alcantara's "Filipino History in Hawaii before 1946: The Sakada Years of Filipinos in Hawaii," which he'd previously donated to the Hawaiian Collection, can now be accessed online via Scholarspace, at the URL:
http://scholarspace.manoa.hawaii.edu/handle/10125/17651

The photograph illustrating his manuscript (which is also reproduced here) is from the Hawaiian Collection's other digitized collection on Filipinos in Hawaii, "Filipino Workers in Hawaii 1926" at http://digicoll.manoa.hawaii.edu/fil-labor/index.php

Mai Poina Walking Tours: Sunday Sept. 5 through Friday Sept. 10.

The below was circulated by Craig Howes, Director of the UH-Manoa Center for Biographical Research:
Mai Poina Historical Walking Tours of the Overthrow of the Kingdom, Sunday, September 5 to Friday, September 10.

The Hawai'i Pono'i Coalition presents the return of the popular historic walking tours recreating four pivotal days leading up to the overthrow of the Hawaiian Monarchy.

Four walking tours will be presented each evening on the grounds of 'Iolani Palace from Sept. 5 – Sept. 10, 2010. Admission is free, but capacity is limited. The public is asked to call 262-5900 to reserve spaces on the tours, which will be conducted nightly at 5:00, 5:20, 5:40 and 6:00 p.m.

The Mai Poina walking tours were first presented in 2009. Over the tour's four-night run, an estimated 700 people. Written by local playwright Victoria Kneubuhl, the tours present dramatic interpretations of history at six stations at and around the 'Iolani Palace.

Among the actors performing are Wil…

Hawai'i and Pacific events, week of Sept. 7-10, 2010

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The Center for Pacific Islands Studies has announced several events for the week of September 7 through 10:
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Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania: Opportunity to Participate in 2011 Meeting in Waikiki
presented by anthropologists from CPIS and the UHM Department of Anthropology
Tuesday, 7 September 2010 12 noon-1 pm UHM Korean Studies Conference Room
The Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania (ASAO) is an international organization dedicated to comparative study of Pacific topics (for detailed background, see www.asao.org). ASAO holds annual meetings with a special collegial format designed to facilitate discussion and develop topics for publication. The 2011 ASAO annual meeting will be held in Waikiki, 9-12 February, and will be an excellent opportunity for UH graduate students and faculty to meet and interact with scholars interested in the Pacific from around the world.
This brown-bag gathering will provide an overview of ASAO's special meeting format from the pe…

More On Digital Theses

A recent posting on this site discussed sources of Hawai'i- and Pacific-related digital theses. One we failed to mention: The Australian National University's "Australian Research Online" searches the digital holdings of numerous Australian universities, government and NGO research repositories, and returns results on theses, preprints, postprints, journal articles, book chapters, musical recordings and pictures. The results are a mix of abstracts and full-text. For reference purposes, we've added "Australian Research Online" to the original blog posting -- to view the list of other online resources, click here.