Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The Guam Military Buildup: Examining Potential Impacts on Culture, Environment, the Economy and the Larger Community

The below is quoted directly from a release circulated by the Ka Huli Ao Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law: 
Ka Huli Ao Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law Presents Maoli Thursday: The Guam Military Buildup: Examining Potential Impacts on Culture, Environment, the Economy and the Larger Community

Hawai'i Standard Time
Thursday, April 1, 2010
12:45 - 1:55 p.m

Chamorro Standard Time
Friday, April 2, 2010
8:45-9:55 a.m

Join us at the University of Hawai'i Law School Moot Court Room

Maoli Thursday is a lunchtime forum and speaker series held every first Thursday of the month.
Please RSVP by Tuesday, March 30, 2010 Via email: nhlawctr@hawaii.edu

Ka Huli Ao invites you to our last Maoli Thursday of the semester. This month's lunchtime conversation is organized and moderated by law students Chris Odoca and Ana Won Pat-Borja and Zoology Ph.D. Student Austin J. Shelton, III.

Benjamin "B.J." Cruz is the Vice Speaker of Guam's Legislature and the former Chief Justice of the Guam Supreme Court. Mr. Cruz will discuss the proposed transfer of 8,600 U.S. Marines and
their families from a U.S. military base in Okinawa to Guam, and the potential impacts on the island's people and resources. In particular, Mr. Cruz will overview issues raised by the Draft Environmental
Impact Statement for the proposed buildup, including projected effects on Guam's reefs, water resources, and indigenous culture.

We are honored to have Wendy Wiltse, Ph.D., of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 9 Honolulu, who will provide additional comments.

Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
Event will be live-streamed at www.KaHuliAo.com
Requests to film the event must be received by 03/30/10;
Email nhlawctr@hawaii.edu for details.

Monday, March 29, 2010

CPIS Graduate Assistance Position

The Center for Pacific Islands Studies has announced a position for a graduate assistant to provide editorial and administrative support to the center's publications manager and the editor of the center's journal, starting 16 August 2010, pending availability of funds.
For more information, click here.
Inquiries should be sent to Jan Rensel, 808-956-7700 or rensel@hawaii.edu.

New H&P Circulation Policy

As of Monday, March 29, 2010, the standard Hawaiian & Pacific Collections loan period has expanded to two weeks for all items that can be checked out of the library, with one additional online renewal (for a total one-month loan period). For more on H&P circulation policies, click here.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Insular Empire on PBS

In case you missed the recent UH-M campus screening of Insular Empire: America in the Mariana Islands, it will be showing on PBS this week:

Date: 25 March 2010
Time: 8:30 pm (repeat at 11 pm, on cable only)
Channel: PBS Hawaii

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Thrums Hawaiian Annual Online

Thrums Hawaiian Annual (a.k.a. The Hawaiian Almanac and Annual) is a major research tool for all kinds of information dealing with Hawaii. Beginning in 1875 and running (in various forms and names) through the 1970s, the annual (particularly in its early decades) is an extremely valuable source of information on everything from economic statistics and Hawaiian government rosters to obituaries, events of the day, historical essays and much more.

In recent years, many of the early editions of Thrums have found their way online via Google Books. Recognizing that Google does not always correctly display serial publications--for instance, citation dates don't always match the text being displayed--Martha Chantiny, UH-M Library's Head of Desktop Network Services, has over time been mounting more reliable versions of Thrum's on the Library's eVols open-access site. To date, most of the editions between 1875 and 1895 are available on the eVols site, while Google has posted a near-complete run from 1875 through 1923 on the web. (Editions from 1924 on are still protected by copyright, and so cannot be posted online). In both instances, the text is fully searchable.

Hawaii Specialist Librarian Dore Minatodani recently gathered both the Google Books versions and the Library's Evol's versions together to create an online finding aid that allows access to both collections from one site. To get there, click here.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Crosscurrents: New Directions in Pacific and Asian Studies

The annual UHM School of Pacific and Asian Studies Graduate Student Conference is underway, and will run through Friday, March 12. all events take place at the UHM Center for Korean Studies. For a complete schedule of events, click on the image at right.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Hawaii American Studies Association Symposium: March 11 and 12

The Kamakakuokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies is hosting a two-day symposium titled The Place of Hawaii In American Studies II, on Thursday and Friday, March 11 and 12. Speakers include Jonathan Kay Kamakawiwo'ole Osorio, Ty Kawika Tengan, 'Ilima Seto-Long, J. Kehaulani Kauanui, Jon Goldberg-Hiller, Caroline Sinavaiana, Blake Oshiro, Alani Apio, Jeff Mikulina, D. Kapua Sproat, Noelani Goodyear-Ka'opua, April Hokulani Drexel, Patricia Halagao and Kuhio Vogeler. For presenter bios and a complete listing of events, click on the image at right.

Upcoming Colloqium and Seminar

The Center for Pacific Islands Studies has announced two upcoming events:

1: Anthropology Colloquium Series

Merging Archaeology with the Local Community: The Molokai Archaeological Training Program and Wailau Research Project, Molokai Island, Hawaii
byWindy McElroy
Senior Archaeologist, Garcia & Associates

Date: Thursday, 11 March 2010
Time: 3 p.m.
Place: UH-M Crawford Hall 115

(click on flier at right for more information)

2. Pacific Islands Occasional Seminar

The Origins of Maori in Parliament: The 1867 Maori Representation Act in New Zealand
by Ilana Gershon, Indiana University

Date: Monday, 15 March 2010
Time: 12 pm
Place: UHM Moore Hall 319

Why did the settler New Zealand parliament decide in 1867 to pass a bill that set aside four seats in the House of Representatives for Maori representatives? This unique British colonial legislative act supporting indigenous rights has allowed subsequent Maori members of parliament to help transform New Zealand's politics of recognition and advocate for indigenous rights. This paper will examine the political debates surrounding this 1867 legislation, and, in particular, how New Zealand settler politicians' ideologies of political performance and oratory underpinned the debates over whether to grant indigenous people self-representation. It is largely about how settlers perceive indigenous political performances and address how these perceptions, or ideologies of performance, influenced the ways legislative structures were established in the early stages of New Zealand's settler nation building to include indigenous actors.

Ilana Gershon is a cultural anthropologist in the Department of Communication and Culture at Indiana University. Her previous research compared Samoan migrant experiences in New Zealand and the United States, focusing on the contrasts between how governments and migrants understand what it means to have a culture. In her current research project, she is looking at Maori members of the New Zealand parliament, exploring how indigenous self-representation in the national legislature has contributed to the current Maori renaissance.

The seminar is cosponsored by the UHM Center for Pacific Islands Studies, the UHM Department of Anthropology, and the Maori Language and Culture Program in the UHM Department of Indo-Pacific Languages and Literatures. For information, and disability access, please call 808-956-7700.

Center for Pacific Islands Studies 60th Anniversary Year

On the evening of February 25, the official opening reception for the Center for Pacific Islands Studies' 60th anniversary was held in the Hawaiian & Pacific Collections reading room. Hawaiian Curator and H&P dept. head Joan Hori welcomed the group of over 100 guests with an oli. The Pan-Pacific Association (which is comprised of students in the CPIS and other UH programs) performed songs and dances from throughout the Pacific. Many of the guests were CPIS alumni, including legislators Kalani English and Clayton Hee, who are pictured here presenting a special legislative proclamation to Dr. Vilsoni Hereniko, the Center's current director. Also picture are Dr. David Hanlon and Dr. Robert Kiste (from left), both of whom are former directors of the Center.

The evening's festivities were just the first in a series of events that will take place throughout 2010, culminating in November with the annual CPIS Conference. Other events include a film series, which kicks off with screenings of the climate-change documentary Beautiful Islands April 18-22, as part of the Hawaii International Film Festival. A lecture series will be held throughout the fall.

More details will be posted here as events approach.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Staffing Changes

Upon the retirement of Dr. Karen Peacock on Feb. 1, 2010, Hawaiian Collection Curator Joan Hori was named as head of the Hawaiian and Pacific Collections Department. On March 1, the department also welcomed Jodie Mattos as a Hawaii Specialist librarian. Jodie comes to the Hawaiian Collection as a highly experienced internal transfer, having spent 11 years as a librarian in the Business, Humanities and Social Sciences Department. She also currently serves as the reviews editor for the Hawaiian Journal of History, and regularly collaborates with Joan Hori to produce the Hawaiian Historical Society's annual bibliography of Hawaiiana titles.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

On display: Banks Florilegium; Nuclear Diaspora; et al.

Currently on view in the Hawaiian and Pacific Collections are various pieces of two- and three-dimensional art, which are in a sense a visual representation of the breadth and depth of our library holdings. In our main entry hall, several prints from the Banks Florilegium are on display. These prints were made circa 1980, using plates that were engraved between 1772 and 1784, under the direction of Sir Joseph Banks, who sailed on Captain james Cook's first voyage around the world (1768-1771). It was Banks (along with Dr. Daniel Carl Solander) who collected the plants depicted in the prints. 

The Pacific Collection holds a complete set of the Banks Florilegium, as well as a second set of the prints that deal specifically with the Society Islands (the items currently on display draw from this second set, which was acquired by the library in 2009). To view the Voyager record for these prints, click here. For more on the history of the Florilegium prints themselves, click here. (UH-Manoa students, staff and faculty can also view a streaming video that documents the creation of the prints by clicking here; a valid UH ID is required.)

Also in our reading room is a display of photographs taken by Dr. Robert Kiste and Dr. Leonard Mason. The photos are part of a much larger collection of images and research materials donated to the Pacific Collection by Dr. Kiste in 2005. Dr. Kiste's collection documents several decades in the lives of the people of Bikini and Enewetak after their relocation during the U.S. nuclear testing era. The Pacific Collection is currently in the process of digitizing all the photos (more than 800 in total), and will be making them available via the Internet later this spring.

Other art and artifacts currently on display include a series of photographic collages by UH-M Library Map Technician Ross Togashi; ink and watercolor paintings by Palauan artist Rechucher Charlie Gibbons; model canoes from throughout the Pacific; Palauan storyboards; a Marquesan ceremonial war club; a modern Hawaiian quilt (commissioned from Big Island quilter and librarian/archivist Helen Wong Smith); and carvings from the Sepik Region of Papua New Guinea. For more information on all of these items, click here.