Showing posts from March, 2013

Hawaiian and Pacific Collections to temporarily close May 11, 2013

An extensive construction project to update Hamilton Library’s air conditioning will begin on April 1. This multi-month project will impact different floors and sections of the Library at different times. Construction affecting the Hawaiian and Pacific Collections is scheduled to begin in mid-May. As a consequence,  the Hawaiian and Pacific Collections will be closed to the public as of May 11, 2013 . Construction in the Hawaiian and Pacific collections area of the library is expected to take up to eight weeks, but the timetable for reopening cannot be exactly determined owing to the complexity of the project.  During the closure period, materials in the Hawaiian and Pacific Collections will be completely inaccessible to all library users and all library staff. Materials that are checked out from the Hawaiian and Pacific Collections from April 28 onward will be given an extended due date. Although the Hawaiian and Pacific Collections reading room will be closed, librarians

Biography Brown Bag Series: "Hawaiian Music and Musicians, Revised and Updated"

The below is quoted from an email circulated by the UH-Manoa Center for Biographical Research :  "Hawaiian Music and Musicians, Revised and Updated." by John Berger, Author and Editor Thursday, March 14 noon - 1:15 p.m. Kuykendall 410 For more information, please contact , 956-3774, or John Berger has covered entertainment in Honolulu for 40 years. He has been writing about music, theatre and social events of all kinds for the Honolulu Star-Advertiser (formerly the Honolulu Star-Bulletin) since 1988. George S. Kanahele published his monumental  Hawaiian Music and Musicians: An Illustrated History  in 1979. Compiled with the assistance of a hundred contributors and the research of many more, it was immediately recognized as the most ambitious book ever written about Hawaiian music. The book is arranged alphabetically, with entries on Hawaiian music from its roots in ancient chants to the flowering of the musi

Pacific Connections Seminar: Alice Te Punga Somerville

The below is quoted from an email circulated by the Center for Biographical Research: “Who Am I to Extol Tupaia?” Tahitian Voices in a Māori Project about the Pacific Alice Te Punga Somerville, Department of English, UH Mānoa Thursday, March 7 • 12 noon – 1:15 pm John A. Burns Hall Room 3121/3125 (Third Floor) • East-West Center • 1601 East-West Road When Cook and his crew visited Aotearoa in 1769, Tupaia from Raʻiatea not only acted as translator between Europeans and Māori but also recorded first exchanges in a painting. Reflecting on the role of Maʻohi people during these encounters, Māori poet Robert Sullivan asks “who am I to extol Tupaia . . . who am I to say these things?” How, indeed, do we write about connections between Pacific people? In the Pacific, how can we tell stories of ourselves without telling stories of each other, and yet how do we avoid—as Sullivan puts it—“tak[ing] the middle of your throat[s]”? Dr Te Punga Somerville will consider the contributions of T