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.