Showing posts from 2012

Bidding a fond Aloha to Joan Hori

Hawaiian Collection curator Joan Hori retired on December 28, after 44 years of service at the University of Hawai'i. In addition to her position as curator, at the time of her retirement Joan also served as department head of the Hawaiian and Pacific Collections.  Joan began working at UHM's Sinclair Library in 1968, eventually taking on responsibility as head of Sinclair. In 1993 she transferred to Hamilton Library, and in 1995 she joined the Hawaiian Collection. She became curator of the collection after Chieko Tachihata's retirement in 1999.  Joan's better known projects include Hawai'i's first Hawaiian language digitization project in the late 1990s, and the English language digitization project which has brought us free online access to pre-1923 issues of the  Hawaiian Gazette ,  Garden Island ,  Maui News , parts of  Hilo Tribune , the  Honolulu Star-Bulletin  and its predecessors, and a number of other titles. The project is ongoing and through

Library Construction Update

As previously announced, a large-scale library construction project is slated to begin in the spring of 2013 and continue through August 2013. This construction project will move throughout much of the library, and at different times will affect access to most collections and services. The Hawaiian and Pacific Collections have tentatively been scheduled for closure toward the end of this project, and may be unavailable for up to eight weeks in the summer. Exact dates have not yet been set for this closure. In the meantime, during the spring the construction has the potential to drastically decrease the number of teaching spaces available throughout the library.  Faculty who include Hawai'i- or Pacific-related library instruction in their course syllabi are urged to contact Hawaiian and Pacific Collection librarians as soon as possible to schedule those sessions in order to ensure that a space is available in the library . Those who anticipate using materials located in floors 1

Nov. 10-14: Oiwi Film Festival

The Honolulu Museum of Arts' 'Oiwi Film Festival, which features work by indigenous Hawaiian filmmakers, is running from Nov. 10-14 at the Doris Duke Theatre. Click here for scheduling and ticket information .

Dating Polynesian settlement via coral files

A group of scientists at Simon Fraser University have published research suggesting that the first human settlers in Tonga lived on the islands between 2,830 and 2,846 years ago. They arrived at this date using new techniques to date coral files that had been used on wood and shell surfaces. The report is published in the open-access journal PLOS ONE . Click here to download the article.

Nov. 8: "Links to the Past: The Work of Early Hawaiian Artisans"

The below is quoted directly from an email circulated by the UH-Manoa Center for Biographical Research. “Links to the Past: The Work of Early Hawaiian Artisans” By Wendy S. Arbeit   Thursday Nov. 8th, 2012 Henke Hall 325 12 noon to 1:15 pm   For more information, please call 956-3774 or write to   The award-winning book  Links to the Past: The Work of Early Hawaiian Artisans  presents images of 1,000 of the earliest collected works of Hawaiian artisans. What went into tracking down those artifacts now scattered across the globe? What do the 1,400 illustrations tell you about pre- and early-contact Hawaiian culture and the ways it changed in response to Westerners? What sort of questions are raised by the grouping of so many objects? Our talk will address these topics and more.   Wendy S. Arbeit  is the author of  What Are Fronds For?,  an introduction to the craft of plaiting coconut fronds;  Tapa in Tonga,  an

Nov. 5: "Nationalism: Change in Consciousness or Fiction?"

Today (Monday, Nov. 5) at 3:00 p.m. Benedict R. O'G. Anderson will present "Nationalism: Change in Consciousness or Fiction?" as part of the University of Hawai'i Distinguished Lecture Series. The lecture takes place at  Keoni Auditorium, Jefferson Hall, East-West Center. For more, click on the flyer at right. Other events of interest this week:  8 November  Thursday reception at 5:00 pm, lecture at 5:45 pm, at Hālau o Haumea, Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies Teresia Teaiwa, Victoria University of Wellington, Aotearoa/New Zealand, “Fiji. Women. Soldiers. And poetry.” with Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner, 'Ilima Long, Jonathan Osorio, and Ikaika Hussey. Teresia is visiting to present the Church of the Crossroads' Watada Lecture. 9 November  Friday 11:00 am – 2:00 pm McCarthy Mall (near Hamilton Library) Tahitian Day, a celebration of Tahitian dances, songs, and musical instrument workshops, cosponsored by the Tahitian Program, Department of I
The Center for Pacific Islands Studies has a number of sponsored or co-sponsored events taking place in the next few weeks, including: 2 November  Friday 12:00pm Saunders 229 (Graduate Student Lounge) Department of Sociology Brown Bag Series presents "Playing for the future: Social (re)constructions of sport for development in Samoa" by Christina Kwauk, PhD Candidate, University of Minnesota 5 November  Monday 3:00pm Keoni Auditorium, Jefferson Hall, East-West Center The University of Hawaiʻi Distinguished Lecture Series presents “Nationalism: Change in Consciousness or Fiction?” by Benedict R. O'G. Anderson 8 November  Thursday 3:00pm Crawford 105 Anthropology Colloquium co-sponsored by CPIS Tom Dye, T. S. Dye & Colleagues, Archaeologists, Inc. “Philosophical differences: Kanaka Maoli and English in 1778-9” 8 November  Thursday 5:00pm Hālau o Haumea, Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies Teresia Teaiwa, Victoria University of Wellin

November 1: The Mystery of Easter Island

The Center for Pacific Islands Studies'  Pacific Film Series continues today (November 1) at the UH-Manoa Art Auditorium with an excerpt preview of the new NOVA-National Geographic special  Mystery of Easter Island  featuring Professor Terry Hunt and Dr Carl Lipo. For more information, click on the flyer at right.

Free Online Access to Honolulu Star-Advertiser, through Nov. 3

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser website is currently offering free access to all content, from now through Nov. 3. On a related note, UH-Manoa students, faculty and staff have access to full text of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser , from June 1, 2010 to one day before the present, via the library's subscription to Proquest  (UH ID required). At this same site, you will also find links to full text of the Honolulu Advertiser for November 2002 through May 2010 and the Honolulu Star Bulletin for March 1999 through June 2010 (June 2010 being the point when the Honolulu Advertiser and the Honolulu Star Bulletin were merged to form the Star Advertiser ). Also of potential interest in terms of local newspapers: the UH Archives' Hawaii War Records Depository online photo collection includes more than 600 photographs from either the Advertiser or Star Bulletin, shot during WWII.

November 9: Tahitian Day

The below is quoted directly from an email circulated by Steve Chailloux of UH-Manoa's Department of Indo-Pacific Languages and Literatures. For more information, click on the flyer at right: 'Ia ora na everyone, Friday November 9 will be Tahitian Day on Manoa Campus.  Activities and events will take place on McCarthy Mall outside Hamilton Library with special guests from Tahiti.  Please come and enjoy the entertainment, crafts and workshops.  Tahitian Day is co-sponsored by Te Reo Tahiti, IPLL, and the Center for Pacific Islands Studies. For additional information, please contact IPLL's Steve Chailloux ( ) or CPIS' Katherine Higgins ( ), event coordinators. Please, spread this information within your departments and  among your students. You are all welcome to join us. Thank you. Enā atu i te tāpa'o Aroha ia 'outou i tō 'outou hoa ē.

Hamilton Library Saturday Hours

The UH-Manoa Library has announced the addition of Saturday hours, commencing October 20. The full-text of this announcement is quoted below. Please note that the Hawaiian & Pacific Collections continue to follow their standard hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sundays, 1 to 5 p.m.; closed Saturdays and holidays. Text of announcement: Chancellor Tom Apple and the UH Manoa Library announce the extension of library hours at Hamilton Library for the 2012-13 academic year. Chancellor Apple has articulated the importance of the library in the academic institution as the heart of the organization that supports all schools, colleges and departments. Chancellor Apple and other Manoa campus administrators worked together to secure one-time funding to provide Saturday access to Hamilton Library until the end of the Spring semester in 2013. Beginning this Saturday, October 20, 2012, through May 11, 2013, Hamilton Library will resume open building hours on Saturday

Hawaiian Legends Index online

The three-volume Hawaiian Legends Index  is well-known among Hawai'i researchers (and librarians). A searchable online version is now available on the internet. Below is a message circulated by Hawaiian Collection librarian Dore Minatodani: Hawaiian  Legends   Index  - now online The 2010 revision of the Hawai'i State Library's Hawaiian  Legends   Index  is now online in searchable form, at hawaiiancollection/ legends . The  Legends   Index  offers subject access to  77 publications  of Hawaiian  legends  in English. Subjects indexed include: places  (e.g.  Kaneohe ,  Waikiki ,  Kona (Hawaii island) ,  Kona (Kauai) ,  Kona (Oahu) ,  Kona (Molokai) ,  Haleakala , heiau ,  fishponds ,  tombs ,  temples ) mythological and historical figures  (e.g.  Laka ,  Hiiaka ,  Gods and Goddesses ,  Kapiolani ,  genealogy ) plants  (e.g.  taro ,  trees ,  sweet potatoes ) animals  (e.g.  sharks ,  dogs ,  turtles ,  owls ,  rats )  objects and

Oct. 18-20: 'Aha Mo'olelo Hawai'i

A recently announced gathering to be held at UH-Manoa campus will be of special interest to writers, readers and scholars of Hawaiian and Pacific literature. As the conference website notes, " The ʻAha Moʻolelo Hawaiʻi is a Hawaiian literature, history and writing symposium. 2012 is the first gathering of scholars and practitioners of Hawaiian literary arts and history in conversation with indigenous Pacific and North American writers and scholars." For more information, click on the image at right.

Pacific Film Series and other CPIS events

The below message has been circulated by the UH-M Center for Pacific Islands Studies. All events are free and open to the public.  Aloha kākou,  The Pacific Film Series continues this Thursday, 11 October, with  The Orator  (Sāmoa) 2011, cosponsored by the Pan Pacific Association. The film begins at 5pm in the Tokioka Room, Moore 319. We are grateful to the writer/director Tusi Tamasese for the opportunity to show this award-winning feature film.  About the film:  The Orator  ( O Le Tulafale ) is a contemporary drama about courage, forgiveness, and love. Small in stature and humble, Saili lives a simple life with his beloved wife and daughter in an isolated, traditional village in the islands of S ā moa.  Forced to protect his land and family, Saili must face his fears and seek the right to speak up for those he loves.  The Pacific Film Series continues on Thursday,  1 November, at 5:30pm  with an excerpt preview of the new NOVA-National Geographic TV special  The Myste

"Chamorro Voices: Sovereignty, Decolonization, Militarization, Language, and Diaspora" (and other events)

The below is quoted directly from a release circulated by the UH-Manoa Center for Pacific Islands Studies. All listed events are free and open to the public. Good morning,  Please join us today [Weds, 10/3/12] at 12 pm for " Chamorro Voices:  Sovereignty, Decolonization, Militarization, Language, and Diaspora" with  UHM undergraduate poet Joleen Togawa Salas, chairperson of Guam’s Independence Task Force Michael Lujan Bevacqua, We are Guåhan cofounder Leevin Camacho, and indigenous rights attorney Therese Terlaje  (more information below) .  These speakers will address issues of sovereignty, decolonization, militarization, language, and the diaspora. UHM assistant professor Craig Santos Perez will moderate the panel . The seminar will be in the Tokioka Room, Moore 319 and is cosponsored by the English Department.  On Friday, 5 October from 5-8pm, the Marianas Club will be hosting I Kinalamten Gi Fina'tinas-ta (The Movement Through Our Creations) at KAMA 201, K

New Faculty

Congratulations to Aaron J. Sal ā , who has been hired by the UH-Manoa Music Department. An alumnus of Kamehameha Schools, Aaron has  previously taught Hawaiian Studies and music courses at Manoa and Windward Community College. For a more complete bio, see

Librarians in the News

Each year, librarians in the Pacific Collection travel to one of the three cultural regions of the Pacific (Micronesia, Melanesia, Polynesia) on extended acquisitions trips. These trips multi-island trips (which are funded by a federal Title VI grant administered by the Center for Pacific Islands Studies) serve a variety of purposes, from ensuring that our Pacific Collection holdings are complete and up-to-date, to maintaining the collection's strong ties to publishers, librarians and archivists throughout the region.  During a recent acquisitions trip to Guam, Pacific Specialist Librarian Eleanor Kleiber paid a visit to the Glimpses of Guam offices to check up on various items produced by the publishing company. Little did she know that she would subsequently become part of the news cycle, as her visit was written up in Guam Business Magazine.

Faculty Lecture Series: "SPAM MAPS: Questions about Contemporary Asia Pacific Art"

The below is quoted from a press release circulated by UH Libraries Outreach Coordinator, Teri Skillman: Contact:   Teri Skillman, (808) 956-8688   Outreach Coordinator, Library Services Jaimey Hamilton, Assistant Professor of Art History at UH Manoa, will give the first lecture in the Fall 2012 Faculty Lecture Series from 3:30-4:30 p.m. on Monday, September 10, 2012, in Hamilton Library Room 301.  Refreshments will be provided and admission is free.   "SPAM MAPS: Questions about Contemporary Asia Pacific Art" is an overview of the transformation of contemporary art in the Asian Pacific economy.  It will showcase conversations among the Asia-Pacific creative community who propose new “maps” and models of economic relationships in our community, the Pacific Islands and Asia.   Many of the people involved are widely recognized as innovators in the arts and culture of the region.  They include Wu Hung, Terry Smith, Margo Machida, Maile Andrade, Ralph Reganvanu,

Norman Meller Research Award deadline approaching

The below is quoted directly from an email circulated by the UH-Manoa Center for Pacific Islands Studies. NORMAN   MELLER   RESEARCH   AWARD The Norman   Meller   Research   Award   o f $250.00 is given annually to the best MA research paper produced at the University of Hawai'i in the social sciences or humanities and focused on the Pacific Islands. Plan A theses, Plan B papers, or MA portfolios are eligible. Submissions may be made by students or by nominations from the faculty, and are not limited to students in the MA program in Pacific Islands Studies. The submissions are read by a panel of judges, who consider the overall quality of the submission, the depth of the research it represents, and the significance of the work in the field of Pacific Islands Studies. Of particular interest are submissions that employ interdisciplinary approaches and/or include indigenous epistemologies and perspectives. The judges reserve the right to recommend that more than one   award   be

The Hawai'i Internment Experience

The recently reconstructed and re-opened Manoa Public Library is currently hosting an exhibit titled The Hawai'i Internment Experience . Developed in conjunction with the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai'i, the exhibit runs through September 19. For more information, click on the poster at right.

New Hawaiian Land Research Database

The below is copied directly from a press release circulated by Kamakakuokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies and the Hawai'inuiakea School of Hawaiian Knowledge: UHM HAWAIIAN STUDIES MOUNTS A WEB SITE TO SERVE THE HAWAIIAN NATION IN LAND RESEARCH! We are proud to announce that the  AVAKONOHIKI.ORG  website is being published today in order to serve as a  Hoʻokupu no Ka Lāhui , a gift to the Hawaiian Nation, from the students of the  UHM Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies [KCHS] . Working on the AVA Konohiki project, funded by a federal grant from the  Administration of Native Americans [ANA], and through the Edith Kanakaʻole Foundation [EKF],  our Hawaiian students have created a web site to provide free and easy access to all 8,500 of the Hawaiian Kingdom Land Commission Awards [LCAs] and LCA Testimonies, as well as LCA maps for the 81 Ahupuaʻa of Oʻahu. They even have video webinars to walk you through LCA land and map research! The AVA acronym stands

"Charting the Land on the Ocean"

The University of Otago is currently hosting Charting the Land on the Ocean: Pacific Exploration, 1520-1876 , an exhibit that features books and maps found in various of its campus library collections. The exhibit also includes an online component with samples of these same items, along with historical documentation. Many of these works can also be found in various forms (either the original publications, or facsimile copies) in the UH-Manoa Library's Hawaiian and Pacific Collections. Selected images from various rare materials in the Hawaiian and Pacific Collections are also available via this recently launched online collection:

The Contemporary Pacific, Vol. 24, no. 2

Volume 24, no. 2 (2012) of The Contemporary Pacific was recently released. This latest edition of TCP features artwork by Ani O'Neill and contributions by  Jonathan D. Baker, David Chappell, Stuart Dawrs, Vicente M Diaz, Mark Falcous, Jon Fraenkel, Andrew D. Grainger, Nic MacLellan, Gordon Leua Nanau, Joshua I. Newman, Howard Van Trease, Irene Visser and Muridan S. Widjojo. To view a complete table of contents, click on the image at right. Hard copy issues of the journal are available in the Pacific Collection, and UH-Manoa students, faculty and staff can also access electronic copies of the current issue (and all issues dating back to 2000) via Project Muse . All issues prior to the current two (i.e., from 1989 through 2011) are freely available on the internet via the UH-M Scholarspace digital repository .

Pacific News From Manoa

The Center for Pacific Islands Studies newsletter, Pacific News from Manoa , is now available in blog format at . Back issues of Pacific News can also be found on the Center's website at . (The newsletter also continues to be distributed electronically as a pdf file; for more information on receiving the newsletter via email, visit the blog.)

Free Tuition: Intermediate Marshallese

The below is quoted directly from an email circulated by the UH-Manoa Center for Pacific Islands Studies. Iọkwe koṃ aolep Free tuition for 201 Intermediate Marshallese through UHM Outreach College again for fall semester.  This is a special opportunity to take 4 credits of a Pacific language for only $180.50 (administration fees). See the attached flyer for additional details.  Please pass this announcement on to your networks. Thank you,  Katherine -- Katherine Higgins, PhD Outreach Director Center for Pacific Islands Studies University of Hawai'i at Manoa Moore 212 1890 East-West Road Honolulu, HI 96822 (808) 956-2658

Social Process in Hawaii now available online

Social Process in Hawaii , the journal of the UH-Manoa Department of Sociology, has been published since 1935. Back issues of the journal were recently made freely available online via Scholarspace, the Library's digital repository of material produced by the UH-Manoa community. To access the journals, click here.

Tattoo film festival

The Doris Duke Theater at the Honolulu Museum of Art will be hosting a tattoo film festival from June 23 to July 6. In addition to a wide array of documentaries and feature films, the festival also includes two lectures on Polynesian tattooing by Tricia Allen. For more information, click here.   As an aside, for those with an interest in historic tattooing images, the Hawaiian & Pacific Collections are in the process of completing an online image collection that draws from our rare book holdings -- included are several images of tattoos from throughout Oceania. The image at right is one example; to view others, click here.

"Pasefika" Photo Exhibit

The Hawaiian and Pacific Collections are happy to be hosting "Pasefika," an exhibit of photographs by Floyd K. Takeuchi. Timed to the quadrennial Festival of Pacific Arts (which takes place in the Solomon Islands this July), "Pasefika" is comprised of images shot at the last Festival, which was hosted by American Samoa in 2008. The exhibit runs through the end of July, and is open to the public during the standard Hawaiian and Pacific Collections reading room hours. To read the artist's statement for the exhibit, click on the image at right.

Chronicling America Back Online

The Chronicling America newspaper database is back online, after a service interruption earlier this week. For more on the Chronicling America project and other online sources of 19th- and early-20th century Hawaii- and Pacific-related newspaper content, click here.

Biodiversity Heritage Library blog features Bryan's "Natural History of Hawaii"

A recent posting on the Biodiversity Heritage Library blog discusses natural history in Hawaii, including William Bryan's   Natural history of Hawaii, being an account of the Hawaiian people, the geology and geography of the islands, and the native and introduced plants and animals of the group . To view the story, click on the image at right. Full text of Bryan's Natural History of Hawaii... is available via the Hathi Trust; to view it, click here .

Chronicling America currently off-line

The Library of Congress' Chronicling America historic newspaper archive is currently offline. The LoC is aware of the issue and expects to have the site back online in the next few days. For more information on the Hawaiian Collection's participation with Chronicling America (and more generally about online access to Hawai'i- and Pacific-related historic newspapers), see our blog entry of Oct. 26, 2011.

Call for Papers: HŪLILI: Multidisciplinary Research on Hawaiian Well-Being

The below call for papers is quoted directly from an email circulated by the editors of  Hūlili: HŪLILI: Multidisciplinary Research on Hawaiian Well-Being CALL FOR PAPERS, VOL. 9 Due on July 2, 2012 We are accepting papers for our annual journal Hūlili. To be considered for Vol. 9, please submit papers by Monday, July 2, 2012, to Hūlili (bridge or ladder) brings together ancestral knowledge of the past and current issues that affect Hawaiians today. Hūlili highlights theory, practice, and research on Native Hawaiian issues from such diverse disciplines as education, health, sociology, culture, and economics. Articles from emerging and established voices emphasize the importance of native people telling native stories to preserve native values and ways of knowing. Recent years have been a pivotal time for Native Hawaiians. As Hawaiian issues gain momentum locally and nationally, one thing is clear: The Hawaiian voice matters, and that voice is growing. Understanding

Recently Added E-Books, part 2

Another round of Hawai'i- or Pacific-related electronic books have been added to the Hamilton libraries, to further enhance accessibility to high-use titles. The recent batch includes: Title : Endangered Languages of Austronesia Author : Florey, Margaret eISBN : 0191571210 Access URL : patron/FullRecord.aspx?p= 472258 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Title : Tourism and National Identity Author : Frew, Elspeth; White, Leanne eISBN : 1135146845 Access URL : patron/FullRecord.aspx?p= 669201 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Title : Dictionary of Polynesian Mythology Author : Craig, Robert D. eISBN : 0313069468 Access URL : patron/FullRecord.aspx?p= 494982 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Title : Language, Space, and Social Relationships : A Foundational Cultural Model in Polynesia Author : Bennardo, Giovanni eISBN : 0511539932 Access URL : patron/FullRecord.aspx?p= 442859 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Recently Added E-Books

UH-Manoa's Hamilton Library has recently added several electronic books to its holdings, including some high-demand titles of interest to Hawai'i and Pacific researchers . More are currently in the process of being purchased, but in the meantime the below titles are now available. (As new titles are added, links will be included with their records in the library's online Voyager catalog): Aloha betrayed : native Hawaiian resistance to American colonialism / Noenoe K. Silva American Pacificism : Oceania in the U.S. imagination / Paul Lyons American Surfer : Radical Culture and Capitalism   / Kristin Lawler. Anthropology and the Racial Politics of Culture  /    Lee D. Baker Asian settler colonialism : from local governance to the habits of everyday life in Hawaiʻi / Candace Fujikane and Jonathan Y. Okamura, editors. Date which will live : Pearl Harbor in American memory   / Emily S. Rosenberg The gifts of civilization : germs and genocide in Hawaiʻi / O.A. Bush

Upcoming CPIS Events

The below is quoted directly from an email circulated by the UH-Manoa Center for Pacific Islands Studies. For more information, see links at bottom, or click on the images at right. Aloha friends and colleagues,  Please join us for films and seminars during the final weeks of the semester:  Thursday 4/19  – Pacific Film Series presents   Shiro’s Head   (Guam) 2008 6:30 pm   Tokioka Room, Moore 319 cosponsored by the Pacific Islands Development Program and Pan Pacific Association  Tuesday 4/24 – Marata Tamaira, PhD candidate Australian National University (CPIS MA, 2009), “Visual Sovereignty and Indigenous Countervisuality: Picturing Contemporary Kanaka Maoli Art Practice in Hawai‘i”,   12:00 pm  John Burns Hall room 3121/3125, East-West Center cosponsored by the Pacific Islands Development Program  Wednesday 4/25 – Semir Al Wardi (University of French Polynesia), “Democracy in French Polynesia”  12:00 pm John Burns Hall 3121/3125, East-West Center cosponsored by the Pacific I