Thursday, December 24, 2009

Hawaiian Collection Online Indexes

Over the years, the Hawaiian and Pacific Collections have produced numerous indexes and bibliographies to aid in researching specific topics. We have also received other such works from a variety of researchers and organizations. For several months now, Hawaiian Collection librarian Dore Minatodani has been transferring certain of these indexes into fully searchable, online research tools. Among others, these include: The first two volumes (Sept. 1922 to May 1924) of Ka Leo o Hawaii, the University's student newspaper; Amy K. Stillman's Hawaiian Chants: An Index of Published Sources and Audio Recordings and Hawaiian Songs: An Index of Published Songbooks and Helen Chapin's Guide to Newspapers of Hawai'i, 1834-2000. For a more complete listing of useful Hawai'i-related databases and indexes (which is not limited to tools produced by our library), see the Hawaiian Collection website.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Virtual Museum of the Pacific

The University of Wollongong and the Australian Museum have collaborated to produce an online collection of 400 Pacific artifacts that allows users to browse and group images based on a variety of keywords. To view the site, click here.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Pacific News from Manoa, no. 3

The latest edition of Pacific News from Manoa, the quarterly newsletter of the UH-M Center for Pacific Islands Studies, was recently released. To read it online and for information about subscribing, click here. For further information about the Center, visit the CPIS homepage or e-mail

Friday, December 18, 2009

Pacific Countries vs. the World at Copenhagen (And How to Research Climate Change In The Library)

Tuvalu, which has been described as the first independent nation to face extinction via global warming, made news last week by leading the charge in Copenhagen for stricter environmental protection standards than those laid out by the Kyoto Protocol ... which is a prime lead-in to noting that both the Hawaiian and Pacific Collections have a wide variety of materials dealing with the effects of climate change on islands and their inhabitants. To search for them in our Voyager online catalog, select "Basic Search," and using the "Subject Browse" option, search for sea level-- or climatic changes-- or human beings--effect of climate on-- with a specific country or region name following the dashes (for instance, sea level--Micronesia or climatic changes--Hawaii). For information that crosses multiple Pacific regions, use "Oceania" or "Pacific Islands" as the region name. The Hawaii-Pacific Journal Index also contains listings for many articles on climate change. (For news items from throughout the Pacific, see also the Pacific Collection's website for a list of online news sources.)
Other Internet-based items of interest regarding climate change include:
Islands on the Frontline of Climate Change (a short documentary on the situation in Tuvalu);
The Climate Pasifka blog has also posted the statements made at Copenhagen by various Pacific government officials:

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Marshallese-English Online Dictionary (Plus Link to Nauran and Kiribati Dictionaries)

The below is quoted directly from an e-mail sent by Byron W. Bender, Professor Emeritus of Linguistics, University of Hawaii, regarding the newly online Marshallese-English Dictionary. See also the bottom of Dr. Bender's message for a link to a site hosting online Nauran and Kiribati dictionaries:

Iọkwe koṃ otemjej,
            We’re on line. Please feel free to spread the word. There are still typos and other infelicities, especially in the new material that has been added, and there’s more editing to be done, but there’s no need to make everyone wait. Some whistles and bells have been added, as many things are possible on line that are not possible in hard copy. I hope you can find time to read the introduction carefully and explore using the new features.
            For those of you who knew about the earlier unofficial on-line version, it will now be necessary to make one small change in the URL of the new on-line version: — a capital O replaces the earlier capital E, so that MED is now used only in referring to the 1976 published version, and MOD to the 2009 on-line version. Earlier links to won’t work anymore.
            If you’re citing material from the MOD in scholarly publications, the following form of reference could be used: 

Abo, Takaji, Byron W. Bender, Alfred Capelle, and Tony DeBrum. 1976. Marshallese-English dictionary. Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i Press. Revised ed., 2009.:
           Headwords can be used instead of page numbers when citing: for example, Abo et al. 2009:tūkjinede.
            Please encourage everyone, yourselves included, to use the email link (found at the bottom of each page) to send us corrections and additions.
            Finally, let me express my deep gratitude to the one person without whose assistance this could never have happened, Steve Trussel. His programming skills, experience, and creativity, and his knowledge of linguistics and of Asian and Pacific Island languages and cultures have made the entire operation a piece of cake, and all in less than six months. I recommend a visit to his web site EclectiCity at,where you will find on-line dictionaries for Nauruan and Kiribati as well other data for an etymology of the site’s name.

Scheduled Voyager Online Catalog Outage: Dec. 22, 2009

The UH Library's online catalog, Voyager, will be unavailable on Tuesday, Dec. 22, beginning at 6 a.m. Hawaii time and lasting throughout the day. Connections to electronic database subscriptions owned by the UH Manoa library should not be affected. The shutdown is necessary to move the library's server from a temporary space to its permanent home, marking another step in the Library's recovery from the disastrous flood of October 2004. (For more information on the flood and its aftermath, click here.)

Friday, December 11, 2009

New (and Updated) Pacific Digital Collections

The Pacific Collection recently completed Creating Siapo: American Samoa 1967, an online collection of images documenting the process of making siapo (a.k.a. tapa or kapa). Meanwhile, a previously completed digital collection has now been migrated to a new display format: Rapanui: The Edmunds/Bryan Photograph Collection: 1904-1929, now uses Streetprint software, which (among other things) allows for user comments. This commenting function has added a great deal of depth to several other Pacific digital collections, as viewers from around the world have written in to provide genealogical information, ethnographic details, personal anecdotes and more. The Pacific Collection's single largest online photo assemblage, the Trust Territory Photo Archives, is also in the process of migrating to Streetprint, at which point all of the Pacific online photo collections will run on this software.
To date, the Pacific Collection has mounted more than 10,000 images online via six digital collections, with the aim of providing open access to materials that exist nowhere else in the world. The Hawaiian Collection has similarly digitized several of its historic photo collections (along with numerous print materials). Links to all of the UH-Manoa Library's digital collections are gathered here; links to the Pacific digital collections can also be found on the Pacific Collection homepage.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Update Regarding Hamilton Library and Hawaiian & Pacific Collection Hours During Winter Interim

The University Librarian announced on Dec. 7 that "the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs has allocated funds so that Hamilton Library will be open during the third week of Winter Interim, January 4-8, 2010, albeit with limited service."

This funding does not extend to the Hawaiian & Pacific Collections, which will remain closed during the entire period of the Winter Interim, from December 19, 2009 through January 10, 2010. Hawaiian & Pacific Collection librarians will be answering e-mail reference questions during this period as staffing permits, but all other services will be unavailable. E-mail reference questions may be sent to We apologize for any and all inconvenience.

Film Premiere: Hawaii A Voice For Sovereignty

Below is quoted verbatim from a press release distributed by Othila Media Productions:
Honoring Cast and Native Hawaiian People
Sunday, December 13 at 5:00 PM
University of Hawaii, Spalding Auditorium
Honolulu, HI
University of Hawaii Cinema Series, by Don Brown;
Sponsored in part by Hawaiian Studies, UH and Pasifika Foundation Hawaii
US 2009 84 minutes
Second screening at 7:30 PM

 This documentary film, directed by photojournalist Catherine Bauknight, explores the culture of the Native Hawaiians and their connection to the land. At the forefront of the film are social, economic, and ecological issues that have developed in Hawaii since the takeover by the U.S. in 1893, revealed in the voice and participation of the grassroots indigenous people and scholars such as author, Dr. Haunani-Kay Trask and Professor Kaleikoa Ka'eo, Senator Kalani English, Bumpy Kanahele, and Clifford Nae'ole, Ramsay Taum, Kahu Hanalei Colleado, and Guy Aina  The goal of the documentary is to raise awareness of the issues faced by the Native Hawaiians that threaten their ancient and environmentally sustainable culture. Key contributors to the film and understanding of the Hawaiian culture through music and chants are  Charles Ka'upu, Cyril Pahinui, George Kahumoku, Ke'eaumoku Kapu, Lono, Richard Ho'opi'i, Skippy Ioane, Willie K, and Makana, Kamuela Rodrigues,Mark Keali'i Ho'omalu, Ulalena: The Music of Michel Cusson and Luc Boivin.

The film was recently awarded Best Documentary Feature Film and Best Environmental Film in the NY International and Independent Film Festival. It was won the Audience Award Best Hawai'i Film at the Maui Film Festival in June, after privately screening at the Capitol Building in Washington,DC in June.

Panel discussion facilitated by Jon Orsorio, following screening. Panel will include Prof. Haunani-Kay Trask and Bumpy Kanahele. Others TBA.
Entertainment by Skippy Ioane, political poet from Big Island.

Bauknight will take this opportunity to recognize those who worked towards a common goal of representing the voice of the Native Hawaiians and their culture, who are in the film from Oahu, Maui, Big Island, Molokai, Kauai, and those and worked behind the scenes for the goal of the film, such as cultural advisors Clifford Nae'ole, Leona Kalima and cultural and historical advisor, Al Harrington. The film has empowered the people of Hawaii to take a look at their own history and to do their own research to find out more information, according to Wilmont Kahaialii, from Maui.

 $5 General Admission / $3 UH Free Parking on Sunday
 Further information about the event:  Don Brown (808) 223-0130
 Film Trailer:

 Directions to Spalding Auditorium:
 Proceed north on University Ave. two stoplights past Dole St. (Maile Way). Make a right onto the campus. 400 yards past the guard gate, park in the lot on the right at the corner of Maile Way and Farrington Rd. Walk through passage way to the front of the building. Auditorium is on the first floor.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Pacific Journals Go Online

The Journal de la Société des Océanistes recently joined a handful of Hawaii- and Pacific-related academic journals in posting full-text versions online, and currently allows free access to issues from 1945-2000. Other major journals that are posting backfiles online include the Journal of the Polynesian Society (which has mounted vol. 1 (1892) through vol. 100 (1991) online) and Contemporary Pacific, which has mounted vol. 1, no. 1 (1989) through vol. 20, no. 1 (2008) on the University of Hawaii's open access Scholarspace site. (The most recent issues of Contemporary Pacific are available in full-text through the paid database Project Muse, which the University subscribes to — UH-M students, faculty and staff with a valid ID can access the database by clicking here). 

All three journals are also indexed within the Hawaii Pacific Journal Index (HPJI), an open-access database created and maintained by the UH-M library. HPJI indexes nearly 140 Hawaii- and Pacific-related journals, most of which are not indexed anywhere else (for a list of journals covered, click here). Coverage ranges from the 1890s to the present -- it is not a full-text database, but instead provides citations to articles that appear in journals that are held by either the Hawaiian or Pacific Collections. As more and more of these journals appear online, we are also working to include links to the online text within the HPJI.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Hawaiian & Pacific Collections Services During Winter Interim (December 19 - January 10)

  • Departmental telephone and e-mail service will be generally unavailable.
  • Reference service will be generally unavailable. Reference inquiries sent via e-mail to will be answered as librarian staffing allows.
  • Books from the Hawaiian or Pacific Collection that are borrowed or renewed after December 12 will be due January 11.
  • Books may be returned to the book return bins at Hamilton or Sinclair Libraries. Books returned to the library during the winter break will not be checked in immediately, but the check-in date will later reflect the actual date of return.
We apologize for all inconvenience and difficulty this will cause. The closures were scheduled in response to budget reductions.

Contact information for Hawaiian and Pacific Collections:

Hawaiian and Pacific Collections
(808) 956-8264

Hawaiian Collection Librarians:

Joan Hori, Acting Department Head and Hawaiian Collection curator
(808) 956-9296

Dore Minatodani, Hawaiian Collection
(808) 956-2852

Pacific Collection Librarians:

Lynette Furuhashi, Pacific Collection
(808) 956-2847

Stu Dawrs, Pacific Collection
(808) 956-9779