Monday, January 25, 2010

Seminar: "Remembering Colonial Experiences: Palauan Elders' Stories"

The below is quoted directly from a press release circulated by the UH-M Center for Pacific Islands Studies:

by Maki Mita, National Museum of Ethnology, Japan

Date:  27 January 2010
Time:    12:00 noon
Place:        UHM Moore Hall 319

In the Japanese colonial period, Palauan children faced discrimination as "islanders." At the same time, they were educated in the Japanese language and value system, and as "the emperor's children (imperial people)" they were integrated into an extended empire. How do the Palauan elders remember these experiences, and how do they recount their histories to a young Japanese researcher?    The experiences of the past can be told in a variety of ways. In order to permit interpretation of oral histories without losing sight of their fluid character, we should attend to what is remembered and how the story is told, rather than treating the narrative as a bare record of events. In this presentation, Maki Mita describes her dialogues with several Palauan elders regarding their colonial experiences, and analyzes them to extract their messages. She also examines how the interviewer influences the storytelling and discusses the potential of such dialogues about the past to be a foundation for a new relationship.

Dr Maki Mita is a research fellow of the National Museum of Ethnology, in Japan. She lived in Palau (Belau) from 2004 to 2007 as a visiting researcher at the Belau National Museum, and conducted interviews with Palauan elders. She also researched and curated an exhibition on the Japanese colonial period. Recently, Mita published the oral histories, in English, of 58 of her informants. She has a PhD in human and environmental studies from Kyoto University, in Japan. Her field is cultural anthropology, and her main research areas are Okinawa and Palau.

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

For information and disability access, please call the Center for Pacific Islands Studies at 956-7700.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Library Exhibit: Artists of The Contemporary Pacific 2003-2010

2010 marks the 60th anniversary of UH-Manoa's Center for Pacific Islands Studies. As part of a year-long series of events to mark this milestone, the UH-M library is currently hosting an exhibit of cover art for the Center's hallmark publication, The Contemporary Pacific: A Journal of Island Affairs (which itself celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2009). In 2002, the journal began highlighting the work of Pacific artists, both on its cover and within its pages. This exhibit displays the complete set of journal covers from 2002 to present, along with copies of the journal from its inception, to show the evolution of the journal design over the years. To read the exhibit's explanatory text, click on the image at right.

Celebrating Connections: 60 Years of Pacific Islands Studies at Manoa will continue throughout 2010, with a series of special events culminating in the Center's annual conference in November. A complete schedule will be posted on this site as soon as it becomes available. See also the Center's website. Artists of The Contemporary Pacific: 2003-2010 will be on display in Hamilton Library's Phase II Gallery (on the first floor, near the main bank of elevators) through May 21, 2010.

In related news, the library's Desktop Networking Services Department has for the last several months been collaborating with the Center for Pacific Islands Studies to make various of its publications freely available online via Scholarspace, the library's Open Access Initiative. For more information on how to find Contemporary Pacific issues on this site (as well as the most current year's worth of Contemporary Pacific issues, which UH-Manoa affiliates can access via Project Muse), see our previous blog entry. (Of course, the Pacific Collection also houses a complete print run of the Contemporary Pacific -- for complete bibliographic information, click here.)

Monday, January 11, 2010

Symposium: Translating the Human: Rights, Ethics, and Practices Across Cultures

Below is quoted directly from an e-mail release circulated by UH-Manoa's Center for Pacific Islands Studies:

Aloha Kakou!

You are cordially invited to attend Translating the Human: Rights, Ethics and Practices Across Cultures, a symposium at Burns Hall that explores humanism in the post-colonial 21st century.  Translating the Human features Konai Helu Thaman, Susan Schweik, Manu Meyer and Salah Hassan, as well as panel discussions.  For more information and schedules, visit The conference will be held 14 and 15 January 2010. The daytime events will be held in the EWC John Burns Hall, Room 4005.

Konai Helu Thaman, Professor and Personal Chair of Pacific Education and Culture at the University of the South Pacific, will give the opening keynote at 9:00 am on Thursday - "The Human in the Context of Pedagogical Practices and Philosophies in the Pacific."

On Thursday evening, from 6 to 9 pm there will be a reception and cultural night at the Kamakakuokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies. The Thursday evening presentation, Representing the Human, includes the poets Kisha Borja-Kichocho and Angela Hoppe-Cruz, Lyz Soto, Sage Takehiro, Konai Helu Thaman, and Richard Hamasaki reading the poetry of Wayne Westlake; Kumu Hula Leilani Basham and Kupukupu ke Aloha, Kumu Hula Manu Boyd and Halau o ke `A`ali`i K Makani, Kumu Hula Sam `Ohu Gon and Mahealani Wong and Halau Mele; dances by the Pan-Pacific Association; and singer-songwriters Carlos Andrade and Jon Osorio, accompanied by Maenette Benham.

All events are open to the public, free of charge. The Center for Pacific Islands Studies is one of the sponsors of the conference.

Hawaii Newspapers Online

The below is quoted directly from an announcement circulated by Hawaiian Collection librarian Dore Minatodani. For more on researching in early Hawaii newspapers, see also our previous blog entry on the subject:

Aloha and Happy New Year!

The UHM Library is pleased to announce that these English-language Hawaiʻi newspapers have been digitized and OCR-ed, and are available online at the Library of Congress's Chronicling America website, The papers are:

- The Daily Herald (Honolulu, 1886-1887)
- The Hawaiian Gazette (Honolulu, 1865-1916; online: 1877-1913)
- The Independent (Honolulu, 1895-1905)

The Daily Herald and The Hawaiian Gazette (during the years included here) represent a conservative pro-American editorial viewpoint, and The Independent represents a strongly nationalistic Hawaiian viewpoint.
Other newspapers available at Chronicling America include extensive coverage of Hawaiʻi topics, from across the United States. As of December of 2009, Chronicling America offers free searchable online access to 1.7 million pages from 212 newspaper titles published between 1880 and 1922. 
Digitization of additional newspaper content continues at the UHM Library and other National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP) participant sites, and new content will be uploaded in future quarterly increments. UHM Library participation in the NDNP is being made possible by a National Endowment for the Humanities grant (principal investigators Joan Hori and Martha Chantiny).

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Commercial Law Reform and Development in the South Pacific: Tonga, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu

The below is quoted directly from a press release circulated by e-mail (for more information, click on flyer at right):

The Institute of Asian-Pacific Business Law, at the William S Richardson School of Law, UHM invites you to a panel on "Commercial Law Reform and Development in the South Pacific: Tonga, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu"

January 13, 2010
4 - 5:30 pm
William S Richardson Law School
Moot Courtroom

If you are planning on attending, please drop a note to Charles Booth at

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Modified Inter-Library Loan Fine Policy (Plus New Voyager ILL Features)

The below announcement comes from the UH-M Library's Interlibrary Services, and refers to materials received at UH-M Library via Interlibrary Loan from other institutions. (For comments and questions, please see contact info at bottom):

Effective January 11, 2010, to facilitate the prompt return of ILL loan materials, fees and fines are assessed at the following rates, per item: 
  • Overdues: $.25 per day
  • Recalls: $.50 per day
  • Fines are assessed every day including weekends and holidays
  • An item is considered “lost” when the fine reaches $10
  • Lost charges include the replacement cost of an item, a $10 NON-REFUNDABLE processing fees, plus any processing fees imposed by the lending library, and accumulated overdue fines.

  • New! In the Voyager “My Account”, you will be able to see your checked out ILL items and due dates.
  • Convenience! You will be able to view all of your checked out items conveniently in one system (UHM, UH system, and ILL loans).
  • New! You will receive automated email notices for due date courtesy reminders, overdues, and recalls.
  • New! Fines and fees payments can be made at the Hamilton Library’s Business Office
  • Renewals/re-requesting must be done by contacting the ILL office staff directly by phone (956-8568) or via your ILLiad accounts. (ILL renewals cannot be done via Voyager.)

If there are any questions, please contact:
Naomi Chow ( or Jan Sung (

Monday, January 4, 2010

Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander Scholarships

The below is quoted directly from an e-mail press release. For more information, please see contact information at bottom:


Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Scholarships

Application Deadline: January 31, 2010

The Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are providing four scholarships to qualified Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (NHPI) undergraduate (juniors and seniors) and recent graduates (class of 2009) for the Project: IMHOTEP internship program for summer of 2010. The Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Alliance is working with APIAHF, and CDC to promote Project: IMHOTEP as part of their efforts to increase the number of NHPI public health and health care professionals. NHPI applicants who are not selected as scholarship are still eligible for the general selection process by Morehouse College. Please visit for information on the 2009 NHPI scholarship winners.

Background: Project: IMHOTEP is designed for underrepresented minority students who are interested in pursuing careers in public health, with particular focus in Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Occupational Safety and Health. Interns gain valuable experience in conducting public health research with health professionals at the CDC. The program is open to students with a major/minor in biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, mathematics, physics, and any health related science.

Requirements: Applicant must be a Junior, Senior or Recent Graduate student with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.7 or better.

Dates of Program: May 24th through August 12, 2010

Location: Atlanta, GA; Cincinnati, OH; Hyattsville, MD; Morgantown, WV; Pittsburgh, PA; Spokane,WA; Tanzania, East Africa; and Washington, DC.

A Financial Stipend, Travel Allowance and Housing Will Be Provided.


Complete Online Application:
Two completed recomendation forms
All official transcripts (mailed directly from registrar's office)


Taunuu Ve'e-Remmers
NHPI Affairs
Phone: (415) 568-3306