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 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 ( 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.