Showing posts from March, 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 or WATCH IT LIVE, ONLINE:

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:
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&…

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

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.

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

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 ne…

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.

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 HalagaoandKuhio 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…

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…

Staffing Changes

Upon theretirement of Dr. Karen Peacockon 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.

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-Man…