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.  

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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.