Friday, December 31, 2010

Lynette Furuhashi Retires

Senior Pacific Specialist librarian Lynette Furuhashi has retired, effective December 31, 2010. Lynette's career as a librarian spanned more than 30 years, all of it in the Pacific Collection. She began as an intern under the late Renee Heyum, who was the Collection's first curator, and later joined the staff as a librarian. Following Heyum's retirement, Lynette worked with the late Karen Peacock to continue building the collection into what is today recognized as one of the world's premiere assemblies of Pacific material. While Karen often served as the more public face of the Pacific Collection, Lynette worked tirelessly behind the scenes, and remains one of the world's experts on the acquisition and management of Pacific library materials.
Researchers throughout the world have also greatly benefited over the years from Lynette's assistance, both in person and via her long-distance reference assistance. We wish Lynette all the best as she enters this new phase of her life, and while we will greatly miss her day-to-day presence, we are comforted by the fact that she has agreed to come in on a regular basis as a volunteer.

Monday, December 13, 2010

New Hamilton Library Opening Hours, Spring Semester

The UH-Manoa Library administration has announced that, owing to reduced staffing, the Hamilton Library will open at 8:00 a.m. Monday through Friday during the spring semester. Hours in the Hawaiian & Pacific Collections will remain the same. For all library hours, click here.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Call for Papers: 2011 SPAS Graduate Student Conference

The below is quoted directly from an email circulated by the UH-Manoa School of Pacific and Asian Studies:

Call for Papers: 2011 SPAS Graduate Student Conference

The School of Pacific and Asian Studies at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa is seeking papers and presentations for its 2011 Graduate Student Conference. The conference will be held from April 3-5, 2011 on the University of Hawai'i at Manoa campus in Honolulu. The theme is "Crossing Borders: Emerging Trends in Pacific and Asian Studies."

In particular, we are looking for papers that incorporate:
  • New and emerging trends in Pacific and/or Asian Studies
  • Insights on the importance of area studies
  • Interdisciplinary approaches
  • Any other original research on the region(s)
Please submit abstracts of no more than 500 words to Abstracts should include your name, discipline, university affiliation, and contact information.

Abstract submission deadline: January 28, 2011

Conference Dates and Location:
April 3-5, 2011
Center for Korean Studies
University of Hawai'i at Manoa
Honolulu, HI

Please note that the SPAS Graduate Student Conference is immediately following the Association for Asian Studies (AAS) Annual Conference (March 31-April 3) and precedes the Center for South Asian Studies (CSAS) Annual Spring Symposium (April 6-8).

Limited travel subsidies to the conference site may be available.

Direct any questions to Additional information is available on our website and on Facebook! These sites will be updated as additional information becomes available.

2011 SPAS Graduate Student Conference
3-5 April 2011
Center for Korean Studies

Monday, November 22, 2010

“bro’Town & The Naked Samoans: Ritual Clowning Goes Prime Time”

bro’Town, New Zealand’s first prime time animated series, is often referred to as a Pacific-spin on such U.S. staples as The Simpsons and South Park -- and it has elicited much the same reaction: Some find it wildly funny, others mildly offensive. What is often lost in the debate is the fact that the cartoon draws on the Samoan comedic tradition of fale aitu. Dr. Caroline Sinavaiana (UH-M Dept. of English) will explore these connections (and more) during a brown-bag discussion on Wednesday, Nov. 24, 12:00 - 1:20 p.m. at East West Center's Burns Hall Room 2118. For more info, click on image at right.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Modified Circulation Policy During Holiday Closure

The University of Hawaii Library (along with the rest of the UH campus) will be closed during the first two weeks of the winter interim, from December 18 through January 2. To ensure that no overdue fines are incurred during this period, the standard two-week loan period for Hawaiian and Pacific Collection materials will be modified: All books that are checked out or renewed between December 4 and December 20, 2010, will be due on January 3, 2011, when the library reopens.

"Jamaica For Sale" Screening at HPU

The award winning documentary Jamaica for Sale is screening on Friday November 19 at 5:30PM in Warren Auditorium at the Hawaii Pacific University Downtown Campus. The film documents the environmental, economic and social impacts of unsustainable tourism development, and is highly relevant to Hawaii and the Pacific. (UH students, faculty and staff who can't make it to the screening can also check the film out from the Wong Audio/Visual Center at Sinclair Library. Click here to view the Voyager record and submit a request for the film.)

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

2010 Bougainville and Solomon Islands Elections: Observers' Observations

In May 2010, the Autonomous Region of Bougainville held elections for President and the House of Representatives. Meanwhile, in August 2010, the Solomon Islands held national parliamentary elections. During this brown-bag seminar, Gerard Finin, Karen Knudsen, and Scott Kroeker, all of the Pacific Islands Development Program (PIDP) at the East-West Center, will discuss their experiences as part of a multi-national election observation mission. For more info, click on image at right.

Thursday, 18 November 2010
Noon to 1:30 pm
East-West Center Burns Hall, Room 3012

Sunday, November 7, 2010

"Complete a PhD in Pacific Studies@Victoria University of Wellington"

Dr. April Henderson and Dr. Teresia Teaiwa will talk about their PhD program in Pacific Studies and what it is like to live and study in the vibrant capital city of Aotearoa New Zealand.
Date:Monday, 8 November 2010
Time: Noon to 1:30 pm
Place: UHM Moore Hall 319 (Tokioka Room)
For information, please call the Center for Pacific Islands Studies at 956-7700.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

MaCauley Distinguished Lecture: Celebrating (and Calibrating) Connections

Dr. Teresia K. Teaiwa will deliver the opening keynote address for the Center for Pacific Islands Studies annual conference on Thursday, November 4, from 4:15-5:30 p.m., with a reception and book launch to follow. For more information, click on the image at right.

Celebrating Connections: An Exhibition of Contemporary Pacific Artists

In conjunction with the annual Center for Pacific Islands Studies conference, an exhibition is being mounted at the Arts At Marks Garage. The show opened on Nov. 2 and runs through Nov. 27. For more information, click on image at right.

CPIS pre-conference events

The Center for Pacific Islands Studies annual conference begins this week. Several pre-conference events are also planned. For a complete list, click on image at right. For conference information, click here to visit the Celebrating Connections website.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Univ. of Oregon Scholarship Opportunity

The below is quoted directly from an email circulated by the University of Oregon. For more information, please contact Megan Sullivan (contact info at end of email):

Dear International Educator Colleague,

My name is Megan Sullivan and I'm an International student advisor at the University of Oregon. The University of Oregon offers many scholarship opportunities for international students and one specifically to students from the Pacific Island Nations. I have attached a pdf with more information for you to review. If you know of students who are interested in coming to the University of Oregon please share this with them via email or post it on your publications board.  

I would like to specifically call your attention to one of the International Affiars Endowed scholarships that is offered specifically to students from the Pacific Island Nations. Please see the desc-ription below. Last year we were unable to award this scholarship because we had no applicants. Please help us to reach students from these nations to provide them with this opportunity.

Maradel Gale/Florence Krummel Pacific Island Scholarship: Established by Maradel Krummel Gale, University of Oregon alumna, (J.D., 1974) and associate professor emerita of sustainable community development in the Department of Planning, Public Policy and Management (PPPM). One scholarship of approximately $3,000 may be awarded each year. New and continuing students from the Pacific Island nations of Micronesia, Polynesia or Melanesia, including the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Republic of Palau, the Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu may apply. Selection of recipients for this scholarship shall give priority to applicants who are fluent in a language indigenous to the islands, such as Belauan, Yapese, Satawalese, Marshallese, Samoan, Pohnpeian, Cook Islands Maori, Fijian, Bislama, or other recognized island languages.

We appreciate your help informing students of the opportunities that are available to them. If you have any questions please let me know.

Megan Sullivan
International Student Advisor

International Affairs
333 Oregon Hall
Phone: (541) 346-1202   Fax: (541) 346-1232

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Open Access Week: Oct. 25-29, 2010

The below is quoted directly from a press release circulated by the UH-M library.

The UH-Manoa campus will celebrate Open Access Week from October 25 - 29, 2010.  Faculty scholars and researchers routinely give away the fruits of their labor to for-profit publishers of scholarly communication. 

1) Research library budgets cannot sustain ever-increasing subscription costs for scholarly journals.  Open access journals provide a different model for scholarly communication that empowers the author rather than the publisher. 

2) When research is published in open access journals and/or placed in open access institutional repositories, members of the public can access needed research results, which are often funded with tax-payer monies. 

3) A growing body of research suggests that open access to research articles and research data spurs on new discoveries and is more cited than research locked behind a pay wall.

Join the UH-Manoa Library in exploring these myriad efforts to liberate scholarly communication during the international celebration of Open Access Week 2010. Events organized for the week are:


Wednesday, October 27, 2010

12:00 p.m.
Queen Liliuokalani Center, Room 412
RSVP required as light lunch will be served
*RSVP at
Speaker: Christine Sorensen, Dean of UH Mânoa College of Education


Thursday, October 28, 2010

4:00 p.m.
Sinclair Library, Heritage Reading Room
RSVP required wine and pupus will be served.
*RSVP at
Speaker: Catherine Nancarrow, Consulting Editor, Archives of Internal Medicine, and
formerly with Public Library of Science (PLoS)


Tuesday, October 26 and Thursday, October, 28

11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Campus Center
Talk to graduate students about Open Access issues, receive free information and get an Open Access pen!

For more information, please call Beth Tillinghast (956-6130) or email

Friday, October 15, 2010

Call for submissions: Storyboard

The below is quoted directly from a call for submissions circulated by the editors of Storyboard:

Call for Submissions

As the Pacific Islands  brace themselves for yet another  tidal wave of change, it is our stories that will help us to navigate our way.  Storyboard, the University of Guam's literary journal, is seeking short stories, poems, essays, art, and photography, which address the theme, "Navigating the Future."

Storyboard is a multilingual journal with a focus on Pacific writing. We welcome submissions from published and unpublished writers in and from the region or writings about the region.

All submissions must be e-mailed to on or before November 11, 2010.  Please e-mail  or contact P.K. Harmon at (671)  735-3038 or Leslie Reynolds at (671) 735-3039 for more information.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Through October 29, 2010: American Periodicals Series Online

Hawaii Specialist Librarian Dore Minatodani reports that, for a limited time, the library has available a trial subscription to two online resources that are very useful for U.S. and Hawaiian historical research. Coverage goes back to the year 1740. Access is available only to UH-Manoa students, faculty, staff and affiliates, and requires a UH user-name and password; access is only available until October 29, 2010.

American Periodicals Series Online

American Periodicals Series Online contains over 1,100 periodicals that first began publishing between 1740 and 1900, including special interest and general magazines, literary and professional journals, children's and women's magazines, and many other historically-significant periodicals.

American Periodicals from the Center for Research Libraries

American Periodicals from the Center for Research Libraries is a full-text resource containing full-color scans of original documents archived by the Center for Research Libraries. The collection spans the nineteenth century through the dawn of the twentieth century, containing labor, trade, literary, scientific, and photographic periodicals, as well as other historically-significant titles.


When you access either of these resources, the default search option will have all of UHM's Proquest products pre-selected. It is best to instead limit your search to just these new resources, by using the "Select Multiple Databases" option, un-selecting everything, then selecting these two resources. See short demo video at

Thursday, October 7, 2010

CPIS Conference Announcement

The Center for Pacific Islands Studies has announced its annual conference. Celebration Connections: 60 Years of Pacific Studies will be held in Honolulu on November 4-6, 2010. The conference website is online at Information on several pre-conference events (including two seminars and an exhibition of contemporary Pacific art) can be found at; a conference blog is also available at

Friday, September 24, 2010

Pacific Islands Virtual Climate Change Library

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.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

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.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Traveling Exhibit: A Voyage To Health

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.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

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

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:

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

Friday, September 3, 2010

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 Will Ha'o, Moses Goods, Hina Kneubuhl, Charles Timtim, Wil Kahele, Nyla Fujii-Babb, Cynthia See, Craig Howes, Victoria Kneubuhl, Shiro Kawai, and Yuklin Aluli.  The Hawaiian scholars also commenting on the events and their aftermath include Jon Osorio, Melody Kapilialoha MacKenzie, Davianna Pomaika'i McGregor, Yuklin Aluli, and Leilani Basham.

Founded in 2007, the Hawai'i Pono'ï Coalition is a consortium of Native Hawaiian-serving organizations dedicated to telling the true history of Hawai'i. For more information, please visit

The Mai Poina Walking Tours are co-sponsored by the Center for Biographical Research and the Hawai'i Council for the Humanities, with additional support from the "We The People" initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

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

The Center for Pacific Islands Studies has announced several events for the week of September 7 through 10:


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 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 perspective of several UH faculty who have organized sessions at previous ASAO meetings, a preview of session topics proposed for the February 2011 meeting, guidelines for how to get involved in a session, and information about registration fee waivers for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander session participants.

The presentation is cosponsored by the UHM Department of Anthropology and the UHM Center for Pacific Islands Studies.

Fall 2010 Speaker Series

"Merata Mita and the Idea of a Pacific Cinema"
Wednesday, 8 September 2010
12 noon-1:20pm
EWC Burns Hall Room 2118

This panel of friends and colleagues will explore Merata's life and work as a leading Maori filmmaker, teacher, and voice in cinema.

Moderated by Wimal Dissanayake, Director of International Cultural Studies, UHM
 Marlene Booth, Academy for Creative Media, UHM
Will be speaking about the films and vision of Merata.
Anne Misawa, Academy for Creative Media, UHM
Will be speaking on how Merata has influenced the next generation of Pacific Islander filmmakers.
Konrad Ng, Academy for Creative Media, UHM
Will be speaking about Merata's contribution to global indigenous media production and exhibition.
Makerita Urale, Center for Pacific Islands Studies, UHM
Will provide an intimate portrait of Merata and discuss the socio-political context/history of her films in New Zealand and for Maori.

Sponsored by:
The UHM/EWC International Cultural Studies Program
Telephone: 808-944-7593


"Living in "Hawaiian Land": Cultural Diversity in the Wai`anae District"
Masaya Shijo, Tokyo Metropolitan University and East-West Center

Thursday, 9 September 2010
12 noon
EWC Burns Hall 3015
For more information, click on flier at right.

"Palauans Dancing to an Okinawan Folk Song: Memories of Japanese Imperialism and the Pacific War in Palau"
by Shingo Iitata, Research Fellow, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, University of Tsukuba, Japan

Thursday, 9 September 2010
3:00 pm
UHM Crawford Hall 105

Cosponsored by the UHM Anthropology Department and the Center for Pacific Islands Studies.

For more information, click on flier at right.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

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.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Documentary on Tuvalu to screen on PBS

Time and Tide, a documentary which follows a group of expatriate Tuvaluans as they return home (and in the process explores both globalization and the threats of global warming), will screen at 8:30 and 11 p.m. this Thursday, Sept. 2, on PBS Hawai'i.The film is also available to UH-Manoa students, faculty and staff at Wong Audio/Visual Center. To view the Pacific Islanders in Communication website for the film, click on the image at right; to view the library's Voyager record, click here.

Monday, August 23, 2010

History Workshop Series. De-Centering the Nation State: Historical Methodology within a Pacific Geography

The UH-Manoa Department of History has announced a new History Workshop series. Below is quoted directly from an email circulated by Suzanna Reiss and Matt Romaniello. For more information on David Chappell's talk, click on the image at top right; for more on the series in general, click on the image at bottom right.
Dear Colleagues,

The Department of History invites you to join the inaugural series of our new History Workshop.  This year's theme is "De-Centering the Nation State: Historical Methodology within a Pacific Geography." 

The series will being with "Transnations in Oceania: Colonial States and Indigenous Identities" by David Chappell, Associate Professor of Pacific and World History, on Friday, September 3rd at 2:30 pm in the History Department Library (Sakamaki Hall A201). 

We've attached flyers for Professor Chappell's talk and the upcoming series.  We would greatly appreciate it if you would distribute this information among your own colleagues.  We would be happy to send you paper copies if you would be interested in distributing them or posting a copy. 

We hope to see you all on September 3rd, or at one of our upcoming talks.  If you were interested in presenting as part of this year's workshop, or presenting in one of our future series, please let us know.  Furthermore, if you know of a graduate student who might be interested in joining our Graduate Student Forum next May, please encourage them to contact us.

Suzanna Reiss and Matt Romaniello, Assistant Professors of History

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Wireless Printing Now Available In Library

Thanks to the Library's Desktop Networking Services department, you can now print documents off your laptop at various locations in Hamilton and Sinclair libraries, using the UH wireless network.
The address of the GOPRINT printer system is:

After logging in with your UH username/password, you can choose any one of three printer locations in Hamilton:
  • BHSD (Business, Humanities, & Social Sciences area, first floor),
  • HAWNPAC (Hawaiian & Pacific Collections Reading Room, fifth floor), or
  • SCITECH (Science & Technology reference area (first floor, Hamilton Addition).
The SCITECH location is a color printer, which is $0.75 per page; other locations are $0.09 per page. When you select a printer location the print request (JOBNAME) on the GOPRINT paystation window is your UH login name. Print requests disappear after two hours if not executed or deleted.

Sinclair Library has two wireless printing locations.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Dr. Karen M. Peacock: 1948-2010

It is with deep sadness that we report the passing of Dr. Karen M. Peacock.

Karen Peacock was professor emeritus and retired curator of the Pacific Collection, Hamilton Library, University of Hawai'i at Manoa.  She passed away peacefully on August 13, 2010 after a ten-month battle with cancer.

Karen's career with the UH Library spanned more than thirty years.  She began in the Pacific Collection, where she briefly worked in a temporary position before moving into a tenure-track position with the Social Sciences & Humanities reference department.  She returned to the Pacific Collection in 1980 as a Pacific specialist and in 1987 assumed curatorship of the collection upon the retirement of R. Renee Heyum.  In addition to her work as curator of the Pacific Collection, she also served as department head for the Hawaiian & Pacific Collections (formerly Special Collections) at Hamilton Library from 2001 until her retirement.  Karen became ill late last year and officially retired on February 1st of this year.

Born in Richmond, Indiana, Karen spent her childhood years in Micronesia where her father, Daniel J. Peacock, served as the director of library services during the Trust Territory era. After receiving her BA from Earlham College (Richmond, Indiana), she returned to Micronesia, and in Saipan she worked briefly for the Congress of Micronesia, then as a teacher at Marianas High School.

Karen received her Masters of Library Science in 1973, an MA in Pacific Studies in 1978 and PhD in Pacific History in 1990.  She has more than twenty publications to her credit and served at various times on the editorial boards of the Center for Pacific Islands Studies' Pacific monograph series, and for the journals The Contemporary Pacific, Pacific Studies (BYU-Hawai'i), and the Micronesian Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities.

Karen was devoted to the Pacific, especially Micronesia.  She gave a great deal of her time and energy to supporting the work of Pacific libraries and archives, while also advising and mentoring many of the islanders with whom she came into contact. In recognition of her efforts, she was honored by the Pacific Islands Association of Libraries and Archives with its Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006.  Other awards bestowed upon her included the Outstanding Alumni Award by the UH School of Library and Information Studies, the UH Library's Nina D.P. Horio Excellence in Librarianship Award, and the Dr. Sarah K. Vann Professional Services Award (UH Library and Information Studies program).

Karen is survied by her life partner, Kim Haines, father Daniel J. Peacock, sister Paula Bertolin (brother-in-law Gordon), brother Daniel L. (sister-in-law Lisa) and nieces Caroline and Beth Bertolin.

Arrangements for a memorial service are still pending at this time.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Finding Hawaii- and Pacific-related dissertations & theses

PhD dissertations and masters' theses often mark the first sustained, scholarly research into a specific subject -- as such, they're an invaluable foundation for all future research. The Hawaiian Collection is a depository for dissertations and theses produced at the University of Hawai'i, and both the Hawaiian and Pacific Collections also regularly seek to acquire relevant dissertations and theses produced at universities worldwide.
As they are cataloged, dissertations and theses are added to the library's online Voyager catalog, while Hawaiian and Pacific Collections staff also compile an  annual list of all University of Hawaii dissertations and theses, including those awaiting cataloging -- for information regarding this publication e-mail In addition to these resources, Pacific Collection Librarian Lynette Furuhashi has compiled a listing of all Pacific-related dissertations and theses (more than 450) produced at UH between 1923 and 2008; to view the PDF file, click here. For a list of Hawaiian language dissertations and theses in the Hawaiian Collection, click here
Although we attempt to collect as extensively as possible all scholarly research related to Hawai'i and the Pacific, we cannot gather everything. Here are a few important sources of dissertations and theses from throughout the Pacific:

For UH-Manoa students, faculty and staff (requires log-in):
  • Dissertations and Theses (formerly Digital Dissertations): Includes bibliographic citations for the doctoral and master's work of authors from more than 1,000 graduate schools and universities dating back to 1861. More than 750,000 dissertations and theses from 1997 on have been digitized and are available for PDF download. The majority of Hawai'i- and Pacific-related work found here will have been published in U.S. institutions.
  • Dissertations and Theses @ University of Hawai'i: A subset of Dissertations and Theses; provides access to full text of most University of Hawai'i theses and dissertations, from 1996 to present.

Open access sites:
  • Australasian Digital Theses Program: A database of theses produced by postgraduate research students at Australian and New Zealand universities. It provides a mix of citations/abstracts and downloadable full-text files.
  • ANU Digital Theses: Electronic versions of theses produced (and deposited voluntarily) by scholars at Australian National University. Includes Pacific and non-Pacific content.
  • Australian Research Online: The Australian National University's online database 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.  
  • Research Space @ Auckland: The digital repository for University of Auckland. Includes a mix of citations and downloadable full-text.
  • University of the South Pacific Digital Theses Program: Provides access to a mix of abstracts and full-text for theses produced by students at the University of the South Pacific.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

New digital resource:

The Hawaiian & Pacific Collections have entered into a three-year trial subscription with, which allows streaming online access to complete films. At present, the library is subscribing to four films: The Land Has Eyes (pictured); Act Of War: The Overthrow Of The Hawaiian Nation; Nation Within; and Simple Courage. Access is limited to UH-Manoa students, faculty and staff -- the films can be reached by clicking on the titles above; alternately, to access a "group record" that links to all four titles, click here. For other online, Hawaiian & Pacific film resources available to UH-M students, faculty and staff, see also our previous entry on "Films On Demand."

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Mau Piailug: 1932(?)-2010

Several local news outlets, including the Star- Advertiser, are reporting the passing of master navigator Mau Piailug. 
(The photo at right was taken in June 1984 by Steve Thomas, and is part of the Pacific Collection's Steve Thomas Traditional Micronesian Navigation online photo archive, which documents Thomas' time living and studying with Piailug and other Satawalese navigators.)

Monday, July 12, 2010

Public presentation: "A Pacific Librarian/Archivist: walking a fine line while holding a huge umbrella"

The Hawaiian & Pacific Collections Lecture Series and Library Forum Committee presents:

"A Pacific Librarian/Archivist: walking a fine line while holding a huge umbrella"

A presentation by Eleanor Kleiber
Librarian & Archivist of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community in Noumea, New Caledonia

Where: Hamilton Library, room 301. Weds. July 21.
When 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.

Libraries and archives are often grouped together, either intentionally or by default under vague amalgamations called knowledge- or information management. As the Librarian/Archivist of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Eleanor Kleiber is putting the logic of this grouping to the test at an organizational level, while also witnessing it from a regional perspective. This presentation will discuss the practical results of combining library and archives functions.

Eleanor Kleiber graduated from Mid Pacific Institute in 1998. During her undergraduate degree she studied abroad at the University of the South Pacific (USP) in Suva, Fiji and decided to become a Pacific Librarian. In 2006, she graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Master of Library and Information Studies and a Master of Archival Studies. Kleiber currently manages SPC’s two main offices in Noumea and Suva. She is busy building a new library space for the Suva office, and implementing an electronic document and records management system organization‐wide.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Government Documents and Map Collections re-open in Hamilton Library

Nearly six years after the October 2004 flood devastated the ground floor of Hamilton Library, displaced departments and collections are being moved back into the renovated basement. The Government Documents and Maps Collections have returned to the ground floor of Hamilton Library, Room 6.  Summer hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 am-5:00 pm; closed Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.  
The Government Documents collection is an open-shelf collection, and walk-in users are welcome. To use materials in the Map Collection, it is strongly recommended that appointments be made ahead of time, but walk-ins will also be accommodated. The new GIS laboratory and classroom is currently being set up, and GIS services are anticipated to resume by the start of the fall semester -- in the meantime, GIS services will continue to be available on an appointment basis.
Both the Government Documents and Maps Collections have extensive Hawaii- and Pacific-related holdings -- their return to  their permanent home is a great boon to researchers of the region.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Nuclear Diaspora: Bikini and Enewetak

The Pacific Collection recently completed work on its latest digital collection, Nuclear Diaspora: Bikini and Enewetak. 

The United States conducted more than eighty nuclear weapons tests on and around Bikini and Enewetak Atolls (Marshall Islands) between 1946 and 1958. The 878 images in this collection span the years from 1946-1988, and document the lives of Bikini and Enewetak islanders after they were relocated from their home islands as a result of these tests. The images derive from the anthropological fieldwork of Dr. Leonard "Len" Mason and Dr. Robert Kiste, both of whom served as longtime faculty members at the University of Hawaii-Manoa prior to their retirement from fulltime teaching (Mason in 1969 and Kiste in 2002). 

To date the Pacific Collection has posted more than 13,000 images online via seven collections. Links to each collection can be found on the Pacific Collection web-page.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Dr. Jack A. Tobin: 1920-2010

We regret to note the passing of Dr. Jack A. Tobin, a highly respected Pacific anthropologist who devoted his life's work to the Marshall Islands. Tobin first went to the Marshalls in 1950 as a student of Dr. Len Mason, to work on the Pacific Science Board's Coral Atoll Project (CAP) -- an initiative meant to study the needs of atoll dwellers with limited resources and growing populations. Arno Atoll was chosen as the first CAP research site. 

Later in 1950, Tobin was hired as an anthropological field consultant by the Civil Administration Unit of Naval Operations. During the Trust Territory Administration era, he served as the sole district anthropologist for the Marshall Islands, a position he held through 1957. Between 1967 and 1975, he served as community development adviser to the Marshall Islands. (The photo above shows Dr. Tobin in 1957, preparing to land on Ejit. It is taken from the Pacific Collection's online Trust Territory Archives Photo Collection.)

A few years back Dr. Tobin began donating his research materials to the Pacific Collection. Shortly before his passing last week, he transferred the remainder of these materials, including some twelve linear feet of manuscripts and an estimated 1,500 photos and 35mm slides. The manuscript collection is as yet unprocessed; in the meantime, the Pacific Collection has begun work digitizing Dr. Tobin's photos and slides, with the aim of making them available online later this year.

Dr. Robert Kiste, professor emeritus of anthropology at UH and a longtime friend of Tobin's, has written an obituary notice for the Pacific Islands Report. It can be viewed online at:

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

More Hawai'i Newspapers Online

As part of an ongoing project funded by several large National Endowment for the Humanities grants, Hawaiian Collection curator Joan Hori announced today that another round of 19th- and early-20th century Hawai'i newspapers has been added to the Library of Congress' open-access "Chronicling America" site, where they are now full-text searchable. The newspapers in this project are all English-language editions, and complement the ongoing work on The Ho'olapa'i: Hawaiian Nupepa Collection (a joint venture of Alu Like, Inc., Bishop Museum and UH-Hilo's Hale Kuamo'o) to digitize Hawaiian language newspapers. 
For more on the Library's participation in the Chronicling America project, click here. For more on researching in early Hawaii newspapers (both English and Hawaiian language) see also this previous blog entry. Below is the complete list of newspapers currently available on the Chronicling America site. For each newspaper listed, the dates immediately following the title indicate the overall publication period of the paper (question marks indicate an unclear final publication date). Dates that appear below the paper title indicate those that have been digitized as part of this project. The "Yes" that follows certain of the date ranges indicates that a historical essay on the newspaper (composed by UH Library staff) is also available online:

Austin's Hawaiian weekly. (Honolulu [Hawaii) 1899-190?
  1899-06-17   1900-05-12   Yes

The Daily bulletin. (Honolulu [Hawaii]) 1882-1895
  1882-02-01  1894-06-30

The daily herald. (Honolulu, Hawaiian Islands) 1886-1887
   1886-09-01  1887-07-30  Yes

Daily Honolulu press. (Honolulu, Hawaiian Islands) 1885-1886
   1885-09-01  1886-06-03  Yes

The Democrat. (Honolulu, T.H.) 1910-1910
  1910-10-25  1910-11-08  Yes

Evening bulletin. (Honolulu [Oahu, Hawaii) 1895-1912
  1895-05-16  1897-08-31

The Hawaiian gazette. (Honolulu [Oahu, Hawaii]) 1865-1918
   1877-03-07  1913-12-30  Yes

The Honolulu republican. (Honolulu, T.H.) 1900-1902
  1900-06-14  1902-01-08

The Honolulu times. (Honolulu [Hawaii) 1902-1911
  1902-10-01  1911-02-01  Yes

The Independent. (Honolulu, H.I.) 1895-1905
  1895-06-24  1905-10-24  Yes

The Independent. (Honolulu, H.I.) 1895-1895
  1895-05-01  1895-06-15  Yes

Saturday press. (Honolulu, H.I.) 1880-1885
  1880-09-04  1885-08-29  Yes

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Images from the UCSD Melanesian Archive online

The below email is quoted verbatim from a message recently circulated by Kathryn Creely, who is Melanesian Studies Librarian at the University of California-San Diego's Melanesian Studies Resource Center. To access the site, click on the link below or the photo at left. Questions or comments on the site should be sent directly to Kathryn at

 Nearly 6500 photographs, depicting Pacific Islands people and places, have been added to the digital library collections of the University of California, San Diego.  The newly-digitized photographs are drawn from the Melanesian Archive, housed in the Mandeville Special Collections Library.  Digitization and cataloging of the photographs was funded by the UCSD Libraries, with additional support from the Pacific Rim Digital Library Alliance.  Although the photographs will eventually be added to several other repositories, including the Oceania Digital Library and the Online Archive of California, at present they are accessible only through the UCSD Libraries website at
Many of these photographs were taken in the Solomon Islands by anthropologists Roger Keesing (1935-1993) and Harold Scheffler (1932-  ).     Scheffler’s ethnographic work in the Solomons took place in 1958-1961 and 1967-1968.   The 1370 images digitized from the Scheffler collection depict the people,   cultures and landscapes of Choiseul, Rendova and nearby islands.  

Another 3700 of the images were scanned from materials created by Roger Keesing in the context of his long-term research work with the Kwaio people of Malaita between 1963 and 1990.  About 700 of the Keesing images are available only on a restricted basis, in response advice on cultural sensitivities provided by anthropologists Christine Jourdan and David Akin, in consultation with members of the Kwaio community.  Akin also wrote detailed descriptions of the photographs and identified many of the individuals pictured. 

The oldest photographs in this online collection are those taken by public health physician, Sylvester Maxwell Lambert (1882-1947).  Lambert worked in the Pacific Islands from 1919 until 1939, with funding from  the Rockefeller Foundation’s International Health Board.  His papers, including the photographs, were given to UCSD by his daughter, Sarah Davis, of Oakland, California. 

The Lambert images depict aspects of indigenous and colonial cultures of the Pacific Islands in the early twentieth century.  Lambert travelled widely in the Pacific while conducting health surveys and he took photographs in many locales, including Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Tuvalu, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, and Vanuatu.  Among the Solomon Islands images are those taken in the context of Lambert’s two visits (1930 and 1933) to Rennell and Bellona.  Other images of special note include many from 1919-1920 taken in the Gulf Province and in the Owen Stanley Range of Papua New Guinea, and images of the Tongan royal family taken in the 1920s and 30s.  Lambert’s involvement with medical research and health education in the Pacific is also well-documented in the collection and photographs.  

In addition to the images drawn from the Melanesian Archive, there are other Pacific photos accessible through the UCSD website, including many from the archives of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography Library. 

Enjoy!  We hope to add many more images from other collections in the Melanesian Archive over the coming years.

Kathy Creely

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

CPIS Occasional Papers online

In conjunction with the UH-M Library's Open Access initiatives, the Center for Pacific Islands Studies has digitized its Occasional Papers series (which was initially known as the Pacific Islands Studies Program Working Papers series). All of the digital content is freely available to the public via the Library's Scholarspace site. The Center has created a web-page with direct links to each of these publications; to access it, click here.

The Occasional Papers series joins the first twenty years' worth of Contemporary Pacific journals on the Scholarspace site. To view the entire set of online CPIS publications, click here.  

The UHM Library currently has two open access sites available to the public: Scholarspace houses material that is produced on the University of Hawaii campus; eVols houses material produced elsewhere, which the library has digitized as part of grant projects and digital library program initiatives. Both sites include a range of material that will be of interest to Hawaii and Pacific scholars. (For more information on the Library's work with Open Access and scholarly communication more generally, click here.)