Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Dec. 7: Film screening, "Wa Kuk Wa Jimor--Marshallese Canoes Today"

The below message was circulated by the UH-M Center for Pacific Islands Studies: 

Wa Kuk Wa Jimor--Marshallese Canoes Today
Q & A with filmmaker Rachel Miller

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Noon - 1:15 pm

EWC Burns Hall, Room 3015/3019

The canoe tradition is one of the foundations of Marshallese culture. In the past it was the key to survival in the Marshall Islands, and it continues to embody many of the key values and practices of traditional Marshallese culture. Wa Kuk Wa Jimor--Marshallese Canoes Today (55 min, 2011), by Rachel Miller, introduced the tradition of the Marshallese canoe--including the history, types, and technological innovations of the canoes--and the complex connection between the canoe and Marshallese culture. It looks at the state of the canoe tradition in three locations in the Marshalls and explores the future of the canoe tradition.

Rachel Miller earned an MA in Pacific Islands studies from the UHM Center for Pacific Islands Studies. Prior to joining the MA program, Rachel lived in the Marshall Islands for three years, two of which she spent working with Waan Aelon in Majel, a youth vocational training organization that teaches skills using the media of traditional outrigger canoes, boat building, and woodworking.

The film was funded by the Hawai'i Council for the Humanities (HCH). The screening is cosponsored by the UHM Center for Pacific Islands Studies, the East-West Center Pacific Islands Development Program, and HCH. For information and disability access, contact the Center for Pacific Islands Studies at 956-7700.

Dec. 9: Tama'ita'i Sa!

The below email message was circulated by the UH-M Center for Pacific Islands Studies. For more information, click on flyer at right:

The UHM Fealofani 'O Samoa Club and the Samoan upper-level classes invite you to


on Friday, 9 December, at 7:30 pm in the Campus Center Ballroom.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Nov. 22: "Amuia le Masina: Moon Madness, Ghosts, and Metaphors"

The below is quoted directly from an email circulated by the Center for Pacific Islands Studies. For more information, click on flyer at right.
Amuia le Masina:
Moon Madness, Ghosts, and Metaphors

Marisa Maepu
Fulbright-Creative New Zealand
Pacific Writer at UH Manoa

Date: Tuesday, 22 November 2011
Time: 3:00 pm
Place: UHM Center for Korean Studies Auditorium

Refreshments to follow.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Nov. 17: "Insular Empire" Screening and Discussion

The below is quoted directly from an email circulated by the UH-Manoa Center for Pacific Islands Studies:

Insular Empire Screening and Discussion

The UH Marianas Club presents a screening of the groundbreaking PBS documentary, The Insular Empire: America in the Mariana Islands. After the screening, a panel discussion will be held with Chamoru activists/scholars: Tressa Diaz, Angela Hoppe-Cruz, and Craig Santos Perez.

When: Thursday, November 17 2011

4:30-5:00 Chanting and Introductions
5:00-6:00 Film Screening
6:00-7:00 Panel Discussion
7:00-8:00 Food & Drinks

Where: Ala Wai Plaza Conference Room
500 University Ave #101, Honolulu, HI

Refreshments will be provided
Hosted & sponsored by the UH Marianas Club

Nov. 17: "One Voice" Screening and Discussion

The below is quoted directly from an email circulated by the UH-Manoa Department of Linguistics:

Dear UH Linguistics community,

This is a reminder that this coming Thursday we will welcome UH's own Lisette Flanary (Academy of Creative Media) to screen her new documentary "ONE VOICE" for the LSH! This will be happening on Thursday, November 17 at 6PM in the Center for Korean Studies Auditorium. Please join us!

ONE VOICE is a film that is very relevant for our department, as it showcases Hawaiian language and music revitalization right here on O'ahu (see the synopsis below). We are very fortunate to have this opportunity to see the film as a group and talk with the director. You can read more about ONE VOICE here.

The film was also just nominated for the very prestigious IFP Gotham Award in New York City. I saw the film a few months ago and thought it was wonderful. Hope to see you all there!

~Andrea Berez

ONE VOICE is a documentary film that tells the story of the Kamehameha Schools Song Contest through the eyes of the student song directors. Every year in Hawai‘i, 2000 high school students compete in the Kamehameha Schools Song Contest where young leaders direct their peers in singing Hawaiian music in four-part harmony. The Contest is a unique cultural celebration that has become a major local event, broadcasted live on TV, played on the radio, and streamed on the Internet.
ONE VOICE shares the thrill of the competition via the personal stories of the student song directors as they experience the trials and tribulations of competition in this annual high school event. Following the elected student song directors, the audience sees how the tradition creates an indelible experience that builds class unity, instills cultural pride, and builds character. The film also explores their world outside of school by meeting their families, or ‘ohana, and revealing their hopes and dreams for the future. Through the stories and lives of these contemporary high school students, the audience will experience Hawaiian culture as it has survived, flourished, and grown through the universal power of music and song.

Andrea L. Berez
Assistant Professor, Department of Linguistics
University of Hawai'i at Mānoa
Director, Kaipuleohone UH Digital Ethnographic Archive
Technology reviews editor, Language Documentation & Conservation

Monday, November 7, 2011

Nov. 9: Roundtable on (De)Militarizing the Pacific

The below is quoted directly from an email circulated by the Center for Pacific Islands Studies. For more, click on the flyer at right:

(De)Militarizing the Pacific:
a roundtable discussion featuring scholars & activists from Hawai'i & Guahan

Halau O Haumea
Kamakakuokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies
University of Hawai'i, Manoa


Julian Aguon
is an attorney who specializes in international law and the author of numerous books and law journal articles on the subjects of self-determination, decolonization, demilitarization, and international human rights. He teaches International Law at the University of Guam and lectures widely on these issues. His most recent book, What We Bury At Night, describes the present day realities of the United States' continuing colonial relationships with the islands and peoples of Micronesia. He was named a 2011 Petra Fellow by the New York-based Petra Foundation, a national foundation that honors individuals deemed to have made distinctive contributions to the field of human rights.

Kaleikoa Ka'eo
was born and raised on the island of Maui.  He is a graduate of Baldwin High School and the University of Hawai'i at Manoa.  He lives with his family at Waiohuli, Maui and is an Assistant Professor of Hawaiian Studies at the University of Hawai'i Maui College.

Terri Keko'olani
is a renowned activist and community leader and will be speaking on behalf of DMZ Hawai'i Aloha 'Aina, Women's Voices, Women Speak (International Women's Network Against Militarism), & Ohana Koa, Nuclear Free & Independent Pacific.

Lisa Natividad
is an Assistant Professor and chair of the Division of Social Work at the University of Guam.  She is also a founding member and President of the Guahan Coalition for Peace and Justice.  In these capacities, she has represented Guahan (Guam) in various fora as an indigenous voice raising concerns about the planned U.S. military build-up on the island and the impact of militarism on her people and environment.  She is a guest host on the local public radio show, Beyond the Fence, which is dedicated to facilitating community conversations on how the island is impacted by militarism.

Ty Kawika Tengan
is an associate professor of ethnic studies and anthropology at UH Maanoa.  He is the author of the book Native Men Remade: Gender and Nation in Hawai'i, and he teaches on issues of culture, identity, and politics in Hawai'i and the Pacific.  He is originally from Maui and presently resides with his family in Palolo.

Sponsored by The Center for Pacific Islands Studies, American Studies, Hawai'inuiakea School of Hawaiian Knowledge, the UH Marianas Club, and Moana Nui / Hosted by Craig Santos Perez

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Through Nov. 14: Exhibition of Paintings by Jeffry Feeger

The Hawaiian and Pacific Collections are honored to host Port Moresby Market Collection, an exhibition by visiting artist Jeffry Feeger. The below is quoted directly from the exhibition announcement. To view a video of the artist creating one of the pieces that is currently on exhibit, click here.

Port Moresby Market Collection Exhibition
November 1­–14

Hawaiian & Pacific Collections
University of Hawai‘I Hamilton Library
2550 McCarthy Mall, 5th Floor
Hours: M–F, 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Sundays, 1-5 p.m

Artist Walk–Through and Lecture/ with Reception

Monday, November 7
Noon-1:30 p.m.

Hamilton Library, Room 301
Meet at 12:00 in the Hawaiian & Pacific Collections at Hamilton Library, 5th Floor
Lecture and reception to follow walk-through in Room 301

Feeger, who is currently living and working in Port Moresby, has become part of a new generation of PNG artists whose work provokes critical awareness about social and political realities in PNG. In 2009 he was awarded the inaugural Tautai Contemporary Pacific Arts Trust and Pacific Cooperation Foundation Artist Residency in Auckland, Aotearoa/New Zealand, and has exhibited extensively throughout the Pacific Island region. His exhibition Port Moresby Market Collection is a visual exploration of evolving grassroot economies and neighborhood markets of Port Moresby. His residency is cosponsored by the UHM Department of Art and Art History, the UHM Center for Pacific Islands Studies, and the UHM Student Activity and Program Fee Board.

Please contact mcadora@hawaii.edu for more information.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Volunteers needed: Hawaiian language newspapers project

The below is quoted directly from a message circulated on behalf of Puakea Nogelmeier: 

Volunteers are needed, up to 3,000, to help type 60,000 pages of digitized Hawaiian language newspapers to make them all searchable. You don't need to know Hawaiian, just need to have a computer and access to the internet. Can you volunteer 10 hours a month and type 3 newspaper pages each month? The project launches on November 28, 2011 and will finish by July 31, 2012, Restoration Day. Sign up now at www.awaiaulu.org and be part of this historical Hawaiian legacy effort. See the two attachments for more information and spread the word to your email lists. Thank you.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Last Chance to Register: Pacific Trivia Night

The below is quoted directly from an email circulated by the Center for Pacific Islands Studies:

Aloha Mai Kakou, Hafa Adai, Bula Vinaka, Talofa Lava, Alii, Malo e Lelei, Kia Ora, Namaste, Kia Orana and Halo Olgeta,

Pacific Trivia Night, hosted by the Pan-Pacific Association (PPA), will be held Friday, 4 November. Information is on the attached flyer. There are many great prizes to be won, so PPA invites you to invite your friends and come share in the fun of the night.

E-mail panpacifichawaii@gmail.com for details about registering as a team; the team registration deadline is Friday, 28 October.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

The Pros and Cons of Long-term Fieldwork

The below is quoted directly from an email circulated by the Center for Pacific Islands Studies:
Please join the Department of Anthropology for today's colloquium:

The Pros and Cons of Long-term Fieldwork

by Alan Howard, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, UH Manoa

Date: Thursday, 27 October
Time: 3:00 pm
Place: UHM Crawford Hall 105

During the 20th century most anthropological fieldwork was conducted in a single visit, usually of about a year's duration. This led to narrative accounts in the "ethnographic present," which fostered a rather static view of culture. Improvements in transportation and communication have made return visits over long periods of time more feasible for ethnographers, providing opportunities to come to grips with changes over time, changes in the culture being studied, changes in anthropology, and changes in the ethnographer(s). Alan Howard will discuss the pros and cons of such long-term fieldwork based on his experience of more than 50 years of research with people from the Polynesian island of Rotuma.
Alan Howard is professor emeritus of anthropology at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa. He has conducted research among the Rotuman people from 1959 until the present. He created and maintains the Rotuma Website (www.rotuma.net) as a service to the now-global Rotuman community.

The colloquium is cosponsored by the Center for Pacific Islands Studies.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Digital newspapers: Researching Hawai'i and the Pacific in 19th and 20th century newspapers

This article, retrieved via TROVE from
The Brisbane Courier, dates from
Wednesday 21 August 1889, and
discusses the Wilcox rebellion in Hawai'i

(click to enlarge)
Both the Hawaiian and Pacific Collections have a great many historic newspapers, dating from the 19th century through present. Many are in microfilm format, and most have not been indexed, meaning that if you're searching for a specific event, your only option may be to go to the microfilms and begin reading papers dating from the period you're interested in. However, some have been digitized, and in these cases are searchable and readable online. In some cases, these newspapers are housed in paid-access databases; below are three open-access sites:

Chronicling America: Covers U.S. newspapers from 1836 to 1922, including (to date) fifteen different titles from Hawai'i (with more to come). Although these are U.S. and Hawai'i papers, they often cover major Pacific events of the day, and in terms of Pacific research can be useful in understanding how residents of Hawai'i and the continental U.S. viewed events in the broader Pacific. (For more on the Hawaiian Collection's participation in the Chronicling America project, click here.)

Papers Past (Aotearoa/New Zealand): The National Library of New Zealand hosts this site, which includes Aotearoa/New Zealand papers from the 19th and early 20th centuries. These papers can be useful for events not only in their home country, but throughout the Pacific -- see for instance their coverage of events in Hawai'i during the latter part of the 19th century.

TROVE (Australia): Hosted by the National Library of Australia, TROVE searches across a vast array of digital content produced by numerous Australian institutions. Digitized newspapers cover the years from 1803 to 1954.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011


The Center for Pacific Islands Studies is sponsoring this presentation by Joseph Genz and Rachel Miller on Wednesday, October 26, from Noon to 1:15 p.m. For more information, click on the flyer at right. Those interested in images of Marshallese canoes and canoing, numerous images can be found in the following online collections, which derive from photo holdings of the Pacific Collection at Hamilton Library:


Thursday, October 20, 2011

Rainfall Atlas of Hawaii, now online

The Geography Department at UH-Manoa has recently put online a revised edition of The Rainfall Atlas of Hawaii, which was last published in 1986. This new online version includes data from 1978 through 2007, along interactive maps and other material that is unique to the online version. To view the new Atlas, click here.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Tuvalu Photo Essay

The October 18, 2011 online edition of the New York Times includes a photo essay on Tuvalu. To access it, click on the image at right.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Library Guide: "Chronicling America: Historic Newspapers from Hawaii and the U.S."

Chronicling America is a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) / Library of Congress (LOC) project to digitize and provide free online access to historical English-language newspapers from across the United States, spanning the dates 1826-1922. The University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa Hamilton Library has been participating in this project since 2008, and has to date digitized and made available online fifteen of Hawaiʻi's newspapers, with new content added quarterly.Hawaiian Collection Librarian Dore Minatodani has created an online library guide detailing the project and how best to use it for Hawaii-related research. To view the guide, click here. To go directly to the individual Hawaii newspapers that have been scanned and added to the Chronicling America site, click the links below.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Pacific Islands Forum report

The below is quoted directly from an email circulated by the UH-Manoa Center for Pacific Islands Studies. For more information, click on flyer at right:
Please join us on Wednesday for

Chinese Exceptionalism at the 42nd Pacific Islands Forum: A preliminary report
Gerard A Finin, Pacific Islands Development Program, East-West Center

Wednesday, 12 October 2011
Noon-1:15 pm
EWC John A Burns Hall, Room 3012

Monday, October 10, 2011

Tattoo Traditions of Polynesia

The below is quoted directly from an email circulated by Brian Richardson, as part of the Windward Community College "Common Books" program. All events take place on the Windward Community College campus. Several of Tricia Allen's tattooing publications are available at the UH-Manoa Hamilton Library, including The Polynesian Tattoo Today (Honolulu: Mutual Publishing, 2010) and Tattoo Traditions of Hawaii (Honolulu: Mutual Publishing, 2006):

Tattoo Traditions of Polynesia

Tattooing was far more than body decoration in traditional Polynesia. It was intricately woven into the social, political, and religious systems of the Polynesian people. Tattooist, author, and historian Tricia Allen will present a three-part series of beautifully illustrated presentations on the cultural practices in early historic times.

A Tattoo Tour of Polynesia
Tues. Oct. 11 12:30-2pm
Hale Akoakoa 101-103

Tattoo Traditions of the Marquesas
Tues. Oct. 18 12:30-2pm
Hale Akoakoa 101-103

Tattoo Traditions of Hawai’i
Tues. Oct. 25 12:30-2pm
Hale Akoakoa 101-103

Tricia Allen is a tattooist and anthropologist who has first hand experience in the art as she has tattooed well over 10,000 individuals. IN addition she has traveled the pacific extensively documenting the revival of the art. She is also the author of two well known, award winning books on the subject, Tattoo Traditions of Hawai’i, and The Polynesian Tattoo Today.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Wednesday, Sept. 28: "ARTISTIC ESCAPADES: Artist Residencies in Oceania"

The below is quoted directly from an email circulated by the Center for Pacific Islands Studies. For more information, click on the flyer at right. The Pacific Collection holds library copies of Katherine Higgins' book, Red wave : space, process, and creativity at the Oceania Centre for Arts and Culture, as well as her Plan B Master's Project, Biau Kula : space, process, and creativity at the Oceania Centre for Arts and Culture. The text of Biau Kula can also be found online via Scholarspace, the library's digital repository.

ARTISTIC ESCAPADES: Artist Residencies in Oceania
Katherine Higgins

Wednesday, 28 Sept 2011
Noon-1:15 pm
EWC John A Burns Hall, Room 3012

Katherine Higgins, who has an MA in Pacific Islands studies from the UHM Center for Pacific Islands Studies and a graduate certificate in museum studies from the Museum Studies Program in the UHM Department of American Studies, has been working with artists in Oceania for a number of years. In her talk she will look at the impact of artist residencies on the work of Pacific artists. Her visit is sponsored by the Museum Studies Program.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Sept. 22: "Holographic Epistemology, Native Common Sense"

In preparation for her keynote address at the upcoming Western Museum Association Conference, Dr. Manulani Aluli Meyer is giving a free public lecture on indigenous knowledge and ways of knowing. The lecture takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. at Bishop Museum's Atherton Halau. For more information, click on the image at right.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Sept. 15: "Household Economy, Gendered Labor, and Spanish Colonialism in the Mariana Islands"

The below is quoted directly from an email circulated by the Center for Pacific Islands Studies, which is co-sponsoring this presentation:

Household Economy, Gendered Labor, and Spanish Colonialism in the Mariana Islands
James M. Bayman
Anthropology, UH Manoa
Thursday, September 15th, 3:00 pm, in Crawford Hall 105
Gendered labor characterizes household economies throughout the world but its archaeological evidence is often elusive.  This presentation compares ethnohistoric accounts of household organization with archaeological patterns of domestic economy at a 17th century village on the island of Guam in the Marianas archipelago.  This study analyzes archaeological assemblages from two latte buildings to document the economic activities of their residents.  Unexpected differences in their assemblages indicate that economic tasks varied between the residents of the two latte buildings and that traditional Chamorro households were comprised of multiple buildings.  Thus, this archaeological study reveals proxemic aspects of gendered labor in a contact-period community on the island of Guam that written accounts do not fully describe in the Mariana Islands.  This presentation also considers the consequences of Spanish colonialism on Chamorro society, and the implications of this study for the interpretation of household economies in Pacific archaeology.  This research took place during an archaeological field school conducted through a partnership between the Micronesian Area Research Center (MARC) at the University of Guam and the Department of Anthropology at the University of Hawai'i-Manoa.

Dr. James M. Bayman is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Hawai'i-Manoa where he teaches courses in anthropological archaeology.  His research interests include political economy, technology, and colonialism in the Pacific Islands and the North American Southwest.   His most recent fieldwork has focused on archaeology in the Mariana Islands.  He is a former president of the Society for Hawaiian Archaeology and he is currently Coordinator of the Applied Archaeology Track at UH-Manoa.
Co-sponsored with the UHM Center for Pacific Islands Studies
For further information, please contact anthprog@hawaii.edu.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

JSTOR announces release of free "Early Journal Content" online

The below is quoted directly from a news release posted today by JSTOR:

On September 6, 2011, we announced that we are making journal content in JSTOR published prior to 1923 in the United States and prior to 1870 elsewhere freely available to anyone, anywhere in the world.  This “Early Journal Content” includes discourse and scholarship in the arts and humanities, economics and politics, and in mathematics and other sciences.  It includes nearly 500,000 articles from more than 200 journals. This represents 6% of the content on JSTOR.
While JSTOR currently provides access to scholarly content to people through a growing network of more than 7,000 institutions in 153 countries, we also know there are independent scholars and other people that we are still not reaching in this way.  Making the Early Journal Content freely available is a first step in a larger effort to provide more access options to the content on JSTOR for these individuals.  
The Early Journal Content will be released on a rolling basis beginning today. A quick tutorial about how to access this content is also available.
We encourage broad use of the Early Journal Content, including the ability to reuse it for non-commercial purposes.  We ask that you acknowledge JSTOR as the source of the content and provide a link back to our site. Please also be considerate of other users and do not use robots or other devices to systematically download these works as this may be disruptive to our systems.  For more information, you can read a new section about Early Journal Content in our Terms & Conditions of Use.  
If you would like to be notified of the first and subsequent releases of the Early Journal Content, you may follow us on Twitter or Facebook.  
Please read our Frequently Asked Questions if you have additional questions about the Early Journal Content or contact us at support@jstor.org.
Download a brief program description that lists some Early Journal Content highlights.

Friday, September 2, 2011

latest issue of The Contemporary Pacific

The latest issue of The Contemporary Pacific (Vol. 23, number 2, Fall 2011) has been released, and is available to UH students, faculty and affiliates via Project Muse. The latest issue features cover art (pictured at right) by Solomon Enos as well as articles by April K. Henderson ("Fleeting Sustainability: The Samoan Giant in US Popular Discourse"); Cluny Macpherson and La'avasa Macpherson ("Churches and the Economy of Samoa"); Michael P.J. Reilly ("Maori Studies, Past and Present: A Review"); Guido Carlo Pigliasco and Thorolf Lipp ("The Islands Have Memory: Reflections on Two Collaborative Projects in Contemporary Oceania"); and Brij V. Lal ("Where Has All the Music Gone? Reflections on the Fortieth Anniversary of Fiji's Independence"). Also included are the standard range of Political, Book and Media reviews. 
As a reminder, all back issues of The Contemporary Pacific (prior to one year from the present) are also freely available on the Internet via UH-Manoa Library's Scholarspace digital repository. (And, of course, the Pacific Collection maintains a complete print collection of all volumes.)

Thursday, September 1, 2011

"New Flags Flying"

For those interested in Hawaiian sovereignty or the history of decolonization in the Pacific, Radio New Zealand hosts a website worth visiting. New Flags Flying includes background information on each independent nation of the Pacific, audio recordings (with print transcripts) of interviews with Pacific leaders and a "significant events since independence" narrative for each country.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

“From APEC to Polynesia: Regionalism in World History”

The World History Association of Hawai'i has issued a call for papers for its first annual conference, titled "From APEC to Polynesia: Regionalism in World History." The conference will be held on October 15, 2011, at Hawai'i Pacific University's downtown Honolulu campus. Paper abstracts are due October 1. For more information, click on the image at right.

Library Guide: Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands Archives

The Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands Archives is one of the single most valuable collections of primary source material available dealing with the post-WWII Trust era in Micronesia. It can also at times be challenging for first time users. Pacific Specialist Librarian Eleanor Kleiber recently published an online guide to the Trust Territory Archives, which includes searching tips as well as numerous links to related materials: http://guides.library.manoa.hawaii.edu/tta

Monday, August 29, 2011

More "Hawaiian Waters" online

The Hawaiian Collection is involved in an ongoing project to digitize and make freely available online important documents dealing with Hawai'i's freshwater resources. Hawaiian Collection librarian Jodie Mattos, who is coordinating the work, has announced that a new batch of material was uploaded recently, bringing to 68 the total number of documents currently available. Work on the project continues; for more information, click here. To go directly to the Hawaiian Waters site, click on the image at right.

Friday, August 26, 2011

"Urban(e) Tannese: Local Perspectives on Settlement life in Port Vila, Vanuatu"

The below is quoted directly from an email circulated by the Center for Pacific Islands. For more on the exhibit, click on the image at right:

East-West Center Seminar in connection with the exhibit 'Port Vila: Mi Lavam Yu'
Cosponsored with the Department of Anthropology, UHM

"Urban(e) Tannese: Local Perspectives on Settlement life in Port Vila, Vanuatu"

by Lamont Lindstrom
Department of Anthropology, University of Tulsa

12 noon Friday September 2, 2011
East-West Center Art Gallery

Significant rural-urban migration has characterized the postcolonial Melanesian states including Vanuatu. Over the past 30 years, most people who once lived in Samaria village (Tanna Island) have moved to squatter settlements that ring Port Vila, Vanuatu's capital town. Life history interviewing of migrants now living in Port Vila's Blacksands and Ohlen neighborhoods document peoples' participation in urban life and how this participation is shaping a new urbanity in Vanuatu.

Lamont Lindstrom is Kendall Professor of Anthropology at the University of Tulsa.  He is the author of Cargo Cult: Strange Stories of Desire from Melanesia and Beyond, Knowledge and Power in a South Pacific and has also published on the work of Martin and Osa Johnson, kava, chiefs and governance, Pacific War ethnohistory, and written a dictionary and grammar of Kwamera language (Tanna, Vanuatu). Several of his photographs are featured in EWC's current exhibition, 'Port Vila: Mi Lavam Yu'

For further information, please contact Bill Feltz, EWC <feltzb@eastwestcenter.org>

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Sia Figiel reading

Samoan novelist and poet Sia Figiel will be joined by several other writers for a reading at Revolution Books on Sunday, August 21, at 3 p.m. For more information, click on the flier at right. To view the library's holdings of works by Figiel, click here and search for Figiel, Sia in the author field. To view a selected bibliography on Pacific Islands literature, compiled by the late Dr. Karen Peacock, click here. The New Zealand Electronic Poetry Centre's "Pasifika Poetry" page also includes several video clips of Figiel reading her work.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

2010 State of Hawaii Databook released online

The State of Hawaii Databook is a major resource for current and historical statistics on a wide array of topics. Published annually since 1967, the Databook has also been made available for free downloading since 2000. The 2010 Databook has just been released; the below is quoted directly from a release circulated by the State of Hawaii Dept. of Business, Economic Development and Tourism.

HONOLULU—The State Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism (DBEDT) today released the 2010 edition of the State of Hawai‘i Data Book at http://www.hawaii.gov/dbedt.  

The state’s Data Book is the most comprehensive statistical book about Hawaii in a single compilation.  With 800 data tables, it covers a broad range of statistical information in areas such as population, education, labor, energy, business enterprises, government, tourism and transportation.

“Our Data Book is a valuable tool for business planners, researchers, policy makers, and anyone who wants or needs to know more about trends and data related to Hawai‘i,” said DBEDT Director Richard C. Lim. “This data becomes increasingly important in an economic environment where we are striving to be efficient in providing services. It is also a key took for business analysts seeking to identify trends and target audiences.”

Some of the data in this newest edition show that:

  • Over the last 60 years, the average number of persons per household has decreased from 4.14 persons per household in 1950 to 2.89 persons per household in 2010 (Table 1.47).
  • Between 2000 and 2010, there was a net migration of over 55,600 people into the State of Hawaii, with the largest number (about 26,500) moving into the County of Hawaii (Table 1.56).
  • Total visitor days increased by 8.9 percent to 65.6 million days in 2010 from 2009, of which  15.2 million days were international visitor days represented a 15.4 percent increase from a year earlier (Table 7.05).
  • In Fiscal year 2010, the total amount of municipal solid waste delivered reached a 20 year low of 777,069 tons (Table 5.30).
  • The most inquiries to the Better Business Bureau in 2010 were about general contractors (9,600), followed by inquiries about roofing contractors (about 8,200 inquiries) (Table15.33).
  • The number of housing units increased by over 31% in the County of Hawaii between 2000 and 2010, which was the largest increase among all Hawaii counties  (Table 21.20).
  • On July 1, 2010 One-way Adult cash fare for "The Bus" on Oahu reached $2.50, 10 times the amount it started on March 1, 1971 when it cost a mere quarter for an adult fare (Table 18.26).
CD and DVD versions of the Data Book are available for special applications.  The Research and Economic Analysis Division (READ) also maintains the historical series of tables and updates the data continuously throughout the year.  The historical series and the update can be found in the “economic information” section of the DBEDT website.

This data book is the 43rd edition of its series and produced by the Department’s Research and Economic Analysis Division. During the year of 2010, the on-line version of the Data Books received 61,161 page views – more than 160 a day.  

The Data Book is available on the DBEDT website, at
http://hawaii.gov/dbedt/info/economic/databook and may be downloaded in whole or in part as pdf or Excel files.  Historical data for selected tables may also be accessed from this site.  

# # #

For more information, contact:

Dave Young, READ Information Specialist

Phone: (808) 586-2480


Wednesday, August 10, 2011

UH-Manoa joins Center for Research Libraries consortium

The UH-M Library recently joined the Center for Research Libraries (CRL) consortium, which allows Manoa students, faculty, staff and affiliates free access to a variety of services, including free interlibrary loan (via second day UPS airmail) to more than 5 million items held by the Ohio-based CRL library, including many of potential use to scholars of Hawai'i and the Pacific. To search the CRL library catalog and request items via interlibrary loan, go to http://catalog.crl.edu/  For more information on CRL, visit www.crl.edu.

The below text is quoted directly from the CRL website:

The Center for Research Libraries makes available approximately five million publications, archives, and collections and one million digital resources to its member libraries to supplement their own humanities, science, and social science holdings. CRL materials can be obtained for extended loan periods and at no cost by users affiliated with member libraries. Last year, 92 percent of the CRL’s interlibrary loan requests were sent by two-day express within one business day, and 90 percent of copies were delivered within one business day as well.
CRL resources include:
  • 6,500 international newspapers, many dating to the 1700s—the largest collection of circulating newspapers in North America
  • 4,500 U.S. newspapers, many dating to the colonial era, including 2,000 ethnic titles
  • Foreign journals rarely held in U.S. libraries
  • More than 800,000 dissertations
  • Area Studies: major microform and paper collections from Africa, Latin America, Middle East, Europe, Asia, Southeast Asia, and many other areas

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Pacific News From Manoa

The latest issue of Pacific News From Manoa, the Center for Pacific Islands Studies newsletter, was recently released. To access the online edition, click here.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

"Developing Pacific Scholarship"

The below message was recently circulated by Richard Eves, of the State, Society & Governance in Melanesia Program at Australian National University. For more information, please follow the links: 

Dear Colleagues,
I wish to draw your attention to the State, Society and Governance in Melanesia Pacific Research Colloquium -  Developing Pacific Scholarship to be held on the ANU Campus 30 January - 10 February 2012. The Research Colloquium is envisaged as a training opportunity for younger Pacific Islands researchers and we are offering a Pacific Scholarship Award for eight places to graduate students and scholars from universities, research institutions and professional bodies in the Pacific Islands to attend. Full travel costs to and from Canberra, plus accommodation, will be paid to successful Pacific Islander applicants. For more information see the following: http://ips.cap.anu.edu.au/ssgm/documents/SSGMCall_for_Applications_ANU_2012.pdf and for more information about SSGM see http://ips.cap.anu.edu.au/ssgm/
I would be grateful if you could forward this email to colleagues who may be interested in attending.
Best wishes,

Monday, August 1, 2011

"Teaching with ARTstor: Re-historicizing Contemporary Pacific Island Art"

The blog for the digital library ARTstor recently featured an entry by UH-Manoa graduate student Marion Cadora, whose studies focus on contemporary Pacific art and artists. Marion's article is an excellent introduction to ARTstor's utility for scholars of Hawaii and the Pacific. To read it, click here. ARTstor holds more than 1 million images, and includes a growing body of Hawaiian and Pacific content; to access the site, click here.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

"Hawaiian Waters" online

While a fair amount of emphasis has been placed in recent years on making Hawai’i land documents available online, less attention has been paid to digitizing materials that relate to one of the Islands’ most important (and sometimes contentious) resources: water. The Hawaiian Collection and the Library’s Desktop Networking Services (DNS) department recently received funding from the Greater Western Libraries Alliance (GWLA) to digitize important documents dealing with fresh water in the Islands. The below announcement is quoted directly from an e-mail circulated by Martha Chantiny, head of DNS:

In September 2010 the GWLA Board approved the University of Hawaii at Manoa Library Opportunity Fund request in the amount of $3600 to digitize Hawaii historical water materials.
We are pleased to announce that the first 33 titles processed via the grant are now available in our eVols digital collection repository:


Mahalo to Beth Tillinghast and Jodie Mattos, project coordinators; Karen Brown and Alice Kim, project assistants; Daniel Ishimitsu, Dspace programmer.  Special thanks to GWLA for their financial support.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Online Photo Collection: Jack Tobin Marshall Islands Anthropology Collection

The Pacific Collection has completed a new online photograph database. The Jack Tobin Marshall Islands Anthropology Collection spans the years 1950 through 1972, during which time Dr. Tobin, a renowned anthropologist, was living and working in the Marshall Islands. The date range covered by these images was one of major change for the Marshalls, beginning not long after the outset of nuclear testing (1946) in the region and ending not long before the establishment of the Republic of the Marshall Islands as an independent nation (1979). The 1,933 images in this collection also enhance the Library's online collection Nuclear Diaspora: Bikini and Enewetak, which documents roughly the same period as witnessed by Dr. Robert Kiste and Dr. Leonard Mason. (Tobin initially went to the Marshall Islands in 1950 as a student of Len Mason, and all three had longstanding ties to the University of Hawai'i.)

The digitization work was funded by the UH-Manoa Center for Pacific Islands Studies’ Title VI National Resource Center grant, and was greatly aided by the Library's Desktop Networking Services department.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Climate change resources: "Threatened Island Nations"

From May 23-25, 2011, the Republic of the Marshall Islands and the Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia Law School are co-sponsoring "Threatened Island Nations: Legal Implications of Rising Seas and a Changing Climate." The New York conference will look at the legal framework surrounding climate change issues. Of note for those studying climate change in Hawaii and the Pacific: The conference website includes annotated bibliographies on various aspects of climate change as well as links to other online resources.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Recent Film Additions

Sun Come Up

Below are listed some recently arrived films, all of which are available to UH-Manoa students, faculty and staff through the Wong Audio/Visual Center. To see the library cataloging record or request a film for viewing, click on the title. All films in the University Hawaii system can be found by searching the Voyager online catalog. The Center for Pacific Islands Studies also maintains a database that is specific to Oceania-related films—click here to visit the Moving Images of the Pacific Islands database.

Chechemeni's Adventure (2006) - Documentary film of the voyage from Satawal to Okinawa made by Chechemeni, a Carolinian traditional canoe, and six courageous sailors in 1975. In Japanese with English subtitles. 

Jaki Ed: Marshallese Clothing Mats (2010) - A short cultural history of finely woven and decorative clothing mats worn traditionally by men and women in the Marshall Islands. It details the mat weaving process and describes recent efforts in the Marshall Islands to revive this cultural industry. In Marshallese with English subtitles.

No Questions (2007). A dramatization produced by Wan Smolbag Theatre in Vanuatu. Sylvia wants her students to get the most out of education, but the boys in her class are making her life difficult. Then she discovers a new and exciting way to teach, but as the students get more involved in her lessons, the other teachers become hostile. 

Senso Daughters (1990). The story of military brothels and the mistreatment of New Guinean women and Japanese "comfort women" during World War II in Papua New Guinea, told through interviews. 

Solid Sistas Documentary (2006). Documentary about the popular musical play Solid Sistas, produced in Vanuatu by Wan Smolbag Theatre. The play is about women's rights and social conditions. 

Sun Come Up
(2011). "Sun Come Up follows the relocation of some of the the Carteret Islanders, a peaceful community living on a remote island chain in the South Pacific Ocean, and now, some of the world's first environmental refugees. When rising seas threaten their survival, the islanders face a painful decision: they must leave their beloved land in search of a new place to call home. The film follows a group of young Carteret Islanders as they search for land in Bougainville, an autonomous region of Papua New Guinea 50 miles across the open ocean. The move will not be easy as Bougainville is recovering from a 10-year civil war"—Producers.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Modified Summer Hours

Due to Library-wide budget cutting measures, the Hawaiian & Pacific Collections will be closed on Sundays throughout Summer 2011. In the period beginning May 15 and running through August 21, the Hawaiian and Pacific Collections will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday; closed on Saturdays and Sundays. During the summer interim period, May 16 through May 20, the Collections will be open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.; closed on Saturdays and Sundays. For more on Hamilton Library's hours, click here. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Now available online: Inventory of Newspapers Published in Hawaii, A Preliminary List

Hawai'i has a newspaper publishing history that dates back to 1834, and includes papers published in virtually every language spoken in the Islands. In the early 1980s, as part of the Hawaii Newspaper Project, Nancy Jane Morris and Clare Marumoto set out to create an inventory of all known newspapers published in the Islands. The result was the 113-page Inventory of Newspapers Published in Hawaii, A Preliminary List. the UH-M library recently digitized the Inventory, and has made it available on eVols, the library's digital repository for material that it digitizes as part of grant projects and digital library program initiatives. To download and view the Inventory, go to: http://evols.library.manoa.hawaii.edu/handle/10524/11832

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

"School on the Hill"

The Hawaiian & Pacific Collections are currently hosting "School on the Hill," an exhibit of seventeen large-format photographs by Floyd Takeuchi, who recently published a book by the same name. (For more information on the book, click the cover image at right.) The photos will be on exhibit in the Hawaiian & Pacific Collections reading room through the end of April. The artist's statement for the show is quoted verbatim here:

“School On The Hill” is a photographic essay about Xavier High School, a Jesuit boarding school in Chuuk, Federated States of Micronesia.  Xavier High School is a small school (175 students in grades 9-12) on a small island (Weno) in a large ocean. But the impact of this school, which has welcomed Micronesian students since 1952, is disproportionate to its size.  It is not an exaggeration to say that Xavier High School has impacted more lives and nations than any other secondary school in the Western Pacific.
Xavier High School has produced four presidents of two Pacific nations, ambassadors and senators, physicians and teachers, community leaders, and influential business executives. And it has done this with limited financial resources, mostly volunteer teachers who are recent college graduates, and while dealing with frequent power outages and occasional water restrictions during dry spells.
In an age when most education in the Pacific is in crisis, when financial resources are limited, how has Xavier managed to thrive when most other educational institutions have failed?  That is what took me to Chuuk in 2010, and led to “School On The Hill.” I wanted to see how Xavier managed, and indeed, excelled. I wanted to capture the human story of adversity and success, of challenges met, and of the power of discipline and faith in an era of diminished expectations.
What I found was this: success at Xavier High School, with its students from an area as large as the continental United States speaking more than nine different languages, is based on high expectations of student behavior and performance; rigorous academics; a culture based on discipline; and the value of living in a faith-based community.
For Hawaii residents, there’s another lesson from “School On The Hill.”  It is seeing Micronesians at their best, not as marginalized immigrants but as leaders with a rich cultural heritage; and, as members of a vibrant, creative community based on excellence and success. 

Library Sciences scholarship programs

The below is quoted in entirety from an email circulated by Jane Barnwell, Director of Library and Information Literacy Initiatives at Pacific Resources in Education and Learning (PREL):
  1. LIS Scholarship Application
    This is a great opportunity for funding.  The LIS Scholarship application is also open.  Applications must be submitted by April 1 for Fall 2011 and Spring 2012 awards.  The application is located at: http://www.lis.unt.edu/main/Forms/ScholarshipApplication/
  1. Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce Call for Applications
    Deadline June 1, 2011
    For more information, contact:
     Mark A. Puente
     Association of Research Libraries
     mpuente@arl.org (mailto:mpuente@arl.org)
    Washington DC--The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is  accepting applications for the Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce  (IRDW), a program designed to recruit master of library and information  science (MLIS) students from traditionally underrepresented ethnic and  racial minority groups into careers in research libraries. The IRDW  includes a stipend up to $10,000 over two years, leadership and career  development training, financial support for skills development, and a  formal mentorship program.

    Program Goal and Objectives

    * Attracting MLIS students from underrepresented groups to careers in research libraries, especially students with educational backgrounds (preferably a baccalaureate degree) in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) disciplines + * Strengthening participants leadership and job searching skills via a Leadership Symposium held during the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting
    * Developing a network of mentors who will guide and nurture the career development of the participants
    + Candidates from all academic disciplines are encouraged to apply.  Those without academic training in STEM disciplines will be required to complete coursework that will better prepare the candidate to work in  one of the designated areas.

    Successful applicants will meet the following criteria:

    * Member of an underrepresented racial or ethnic group (Note: Racial and ethnic identification is based on the categories outlined by the US Census and include: American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian, Black or
    African American, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, Hispanic or Latino.)
    * Acceptance into an ALA-accredited MLIS program
    * Interest in pursuing a career in a research library

    All applicants are required to submit the following materials by 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, June 1, 2011:

    * Applicant summary sheet
    * Resume
    * A 400-word (maximum) essay describing what attracts you to a career in a research library
    * Two letters of reference
    * Official undergraduate and graduate school transc-ripts including your last academic semester completed
    * Copy of an official letter of acceptance from an ALA-accredited
    library/information school

    The application form is online at
    For more information about the program, see the IRDW Web site: http://www.arl.org/diversity/init/.