Friday, December 28, 2012

Bidding a fond Aloha to Joan Hori

Hawaiian Collection curator Joan Hori retired on December 28, after 44 years of service at the University of Hawai'i. In addition to her position as curator, at the time of her retirement Joan also served as department head of the Hawaiian and Pacific Collections. 

Joan began working at UHM's Sinclair Library in 1968, eventually taking on responsibility as head of Sinclair. In 1993 she transferred to Hamilton Library, and in 1995 she joined the Hawaiian Collection. She became curator of the collection after Chieko Tachihata's retirement in 1999. 

Joan's better known projects include Hawai'i's first Hawaiian language digitization project in the late 1990s, and the English language digitization project which has brought us free online access to pre-1923 issues of the Hawaiian GazetteGarden IslandMaui News, parts of Hilo Tribune, the Honolulu Star-Bulletin and its predecessors, and a number of other titles. The project is ongoing and through it we hope to see the Hilo Tribune expanded, and we expect to see the Honolulu Advertiser and its predecessors online in the future. 

As anyone who has worked with Joan knows, she is a true professional, dedicated to building collections and making those collections available to researchers and students. She has a broad intellectual curiosity, and she is philosophically egalitarian. She trusts in the processes of education and learning, and believes that the collections and the processes serve and benefit each other. We are grateful to have been able to work with her and we will miss her. 

For the Hawaiian and Pacific Collections,
Dore Minatodani

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Library Construction Update

As previously announced, a large-scale library construction project is slated to begin in the spring of 2013 and continue through August 2013. This construction project will move throughout much of the library, and at different times will affect access to most collections and services. The Hawaiian and Pacific Collections have tentatively been scheduled for closure toward the end of this project, and may be unavailable for up to eight weeks in the summer. Exact dates have not yet been set for this closure. In the meantime, during the spring the construction has the potential to drastically decrease the number of teaching spaces available throughout the library. Faculty who include Hawai'i- or Pacific-related library instruction in their course syllabi are urged to contact Hawaiian and Pacific Collection librarians as soon as possible to schedule those sessions in order to ensure that a space is available in the library. Those who anticipate using materials located in floors 1 through 4 of "phase II" of Hamilton Library--i.e., the wing of the library that includes the Hawaiian and Pacific Collections--are urged to check those materials out of the library as soon as possible to ensure access to them during the construction. 

The library has set up an online site, where updates will be posted:

Updates as they specifically relate to the Hawaiian and Pacific Collections will be posted here as they become available.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Nov. 10-14: Oiwi Film Festival

The Honolulu Museum of Arts' 'Oiwi Film Festival, which features work by indigenous Hawaiian filmmakers, is running from Nov. 10-14 at the Doris Duke Theatre. Click here for scheduling and ticket information.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Dating Polynesian settlement via coral files

A group of scientists at Simon Fraser University have published research suggesting that the first human settlers in Tonga lived on the islands between 2,830 and 2,846 years ago. They arrived at this date using new techniques to date coral files that had been used on wood and shell surfaces. The report is published in the open-access journal PLOS ONE. Click here to download the article.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Nov. 8: "Links to the Past: The Work of Early Hawaiian Artisans"

The below is quoted directly from an email circulated by the UH-Manoa Center for Biographical Research.
“Links to the Past: The Work of Early Hawaiian Artisans”
By Wendy S. Arbeit
Thursday Nov. 8th, 2012
Henke Hall 325
12 noon to 1:15 pm
For more information, please call 956-3774 or write to
The award-winning book Links to the Past: The Work of Early Hawaiian Artisans presents images of 1,000 of the earliest collected works of Hawaiian artisans. What went into tracking down those artifacts now scattered across the globe? What do the 1,400 illustrations tell you about pre- and early-contact Hawaiian culture and the ways it changed in response to Westerners? What sort of questions are raised by the grouping of so many objects? Our talk will address these topics and more.
Wendy S. Arbeit is the author of What Are Fronds For?, an introduction to the craft of plaiting coconut fronds; Tapa in Tonga, an overview of the techniques and uses of Tongan bark-cloth; and Baskets in Polynesia, a historical and photographic survey of central Polynesian baskets. She was co-editor of Pacific Arts, an annual international journal devoted to the arts of the Pacific basin. She also produced the documentaries From Mortal to Ancestor: the Funeral in Tonga, an intimate exploration of Tongan art, music, and culture; and Dance for the King, encapsulating details of the royal Tongan kava ceremony in seven minutes. She was also coproducer of Pacific Passages, an educational video about the arts and culture of the Pacific Islands.

Nov. 5: "Nationalism: Change in Consciousness or Fiction?"

Today (Monday, Nov. 5) at 3:00 p.m. Benedict R. O'G. Anderson will present "Nationalism: Change in Consciousness or Fiction?" as part of the University of Hawai'i Distinguished Lecture Series. The lecture takes place at Keoni Auditorium, Jefferson Hall, East-West Center. For more, click on the flyer at right.

Other events of interest this week: 
8 November Thursday reception at 5:00 pm, lecture at 5:45 pm, at Hālau o Haumea, Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies
Teresia Teaiwa, Victoria University of Wellington, Aotearoa/New Zealand, “Fiji. Women. Soldiers. And poetry.” with Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner, 'Ilima Long, Jonathan Osorio, and Ikaika Hussey.
Teresia is visiting to present the Church of the Crossroads' Watada Lecture.

9 November Friday 11:00 am – 2:00 pm McCarthy Mall (near Hamilton Library)
Tahitian Day, a celebration of Tahitian dances, songs, and musical instrument workshops, cosponsored by the Tahitian Program, Department of Indo-Pacific Languages and Literatures, and the Center for Pacific Islands Studies.

Friday, November 2, 2012

The Center for Pacific Islands Studies has a number of sponsored or co-sponsored events taking place in the next few weeks, including:

2 November Friday 12:00pm Saunders 229 (Graduate Student Lounge)
Department of Sociology Brown Bag Series presents "Playing for the future: Social (re)constructions of sport for development in Samoa" by Christina Kwauk, PhD Candidate, University of Minnesota

5 November Monday 3:00pm Keoni Auditorium, Jefferson Hall, East-West Center
The University of Hawaiʻi Distinguished Lecture Series presents “Nationalism: Change in Consciousness or Fiction?” by Benedict R. O'G. Anderson

8 November Thursday 3:00pm Crawford 105 Anthropology Colloquium co-sponsored by CPIS
Tom Dye, T. S. Dye & Colleagues, Archaeologists, Inc. “Philosophical differences: Kanaka Maoli and English in 1778-9”

8 November Thursday 5:00pm Hālau o Haumea, Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies
Teresia Teaiwa, Victoria University of Wellington, Aotearoa/New Zealand, “Fiji. Women. Soldiers. And poetry.” with Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner, ʻIlima Long-Seto, Jonathan Osorio, and Ikaika Hussey.

9 November Friday 11:00am – 2:00pm McCarthy Mall (near Hamilton Library)
Tahitian Day, a celebration of Tahitian dances, songs, and musical instrument workshops, cosponsored by the Tahitian Program, Department of Indo-Pacific Languages and Literatures, and the Center for Pacific Islands Studies.

13 November Tuesday 12:00pm John Burns Hall room 3121/3125, EWC
Pacific Connections Seminar Series presents  “In the Beginning: An Archaeological Perspective on the Hawaiʻi/French Polynesia Connection” by Barry Rolett, Department of Anthropology, UHM,  cosponsored the Center for Pacific Islands Studies; Pacific Islands Development Program, East-West Center; and Department of Anthropology.

15 November Thursday 5:00pm Hālau o Haumea, Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies
Pan Pacific Association’s Pacific Trivia Night cosponsored by the Center for Pacific Islands Studies and Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies. 

Thursday, November 1, 2012

November 1: The Mystery of Easter Island

The Center for Pacific Islands Studies' Pacific Film Series continues today (November 1) at the UH-Manoa Art Auditorium with an excerpt preview of the new NOVA-National Geographic special Mystery of Easter Island featuring Professor Terry Hunt and Dr Carl Lipo. For more information, click on the flyer at right.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Free Online Access to Honolulu Star-Advertiser, through Nov. 3

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser website is currently offering free access to all content, from now through Nov. 3. On a related note, UH-Manoa students, faculty and staff have access to full text of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, from June 1, 2010 to one day before the present, via the library's subscription to Proquest (UH ID required). At this same site, you will also find links to full text of the Honolulu Advertiser for November 2002 through May 2010 and the Honolulu Star Bulletin for March 1999 through June 2010 (June 2010 being the point when the Honolulu Advertiser and the Honolulu Star Bulletin were merged to form the Star Advertiser).
Also of potential interest in terms of local newspapers: the UH Archives' Hawaii War Records Depository online photo collection includes more than 600 photographs from either the Advertiser or Star Bulletin, shot during WWII.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

November 9: Tahitian Day

The below is quoted directly from an email circulated by Steve Chailloux of UH-Manoa's Department of Indo-Pacific Languages and Literatures. For more information, click on the flyer at right:

'Ia ora na everyone,

Friday November 9 will be Tahitian Day on Manoa Campus.  Activities and events will take place on McCarthy Mall outside Hamilton Library with special guests from Tahiti.  Please come and enjoy the entertainment, crafts and workshops. 

Tahitian Day is co-sponsored by Te Reo Tahiti, IPLL, and the Center for Pacific Islands Studies.

For additional information, please contact IPLL's Steve Chailloux ( or CPIS' Katherine Higgins (, event coordinators.

Please, spread this information within your departments and  among your students. You are all welcome to join us.
Thank you.

Enā atu i te tāpa'o Aroha ia 'outou i tō 'outou hoa ē.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Hamilton Library Saturday Hours

The UH-Manoa Library has announced the addition of Saturday hours, commencing October 20. The full-text of this announcement is quoted below. Please note that the Hawaiian & Pacific Collections continue to follow their standard hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sundays, 1 to 5 p.m.; closed Saturdays and holidays. Text of announcement:

Chancellor Tom Apple and the UH Manoa Library announce the extension of library hours at Hamilton Library for the 2012-13 academic year. Chancellor Apple has articulated the importance of the library in the academic institution as the heart of the organization that supports all schools, colleges and departments.

Chancellor Apple and other Manoa campus administrators worked together to secure one-time funding to provide Saturday access to Hamilton Library until the end of the Spring semester in 2013.

Beginning this Saturday, October 20, 2012, through May 11, 2013, Hamilton Library will resume open building hours on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Library will provide services for circulation, general reference, computer support (CLIC Lab) and business counter operations. There will be no specialized reference services such as Asia, Hawaiian, Pacific, Science and Technology nor Government Documents at this time.

The Library will be closed during holidays and "Manoa Green Days" in the winter. See building hours, holidays and closed dates below.

Hamilton Library's Saturday Hours:

Building Hours 9:00 am. - 5:00 p.m.

Business, Humanities, and Social Sciences Reference Desk 12:00 noon - 5:00 p.m.

Circulation Desk (Checkout) 9:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Microforms Service Desk 9:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Business Office 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon (refer to Sinclair Library Business Counter 12 noon - 4:30 p.m.)

Hamilton CLIC (Computer Lab) 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (staffed by ITS)

Closed Saturday dates:

November 24, 2012 Thanksgiving weekend

December 15, 22, & 29, 2012 Manoa Green Days, winter holiday

January 5, 2013 Manoa Green Days, winter holiday

March 30, 2013 Spring break

The Library will continue to work with UH Manoa administration in an effort to secure ongoing funding to the Library's base budget to make sure Saturday access continues in future academic years.

For more information, contact Teri Skillman at 956-8688 or

Friday, October 12, 2012

Hawaiian Legends Index online

The three-volume Hawaiian Legends Index is well-known among Hawai'i researchers (and librarians). A searchable online version is now available on the internet. Below is a message circulated by Hawaiian Collection librarian Dore Minatodani:

Hawaiian Legends Index - now online

The 2010 revision of the Hawai'i State Library's Hawaiian Legends Index is now online in searchable form, at

The Legends Index offers subject access to 77 publications of Hawaiian legends in English. Subjects indexed include:
A full list of subjects indexed is available here. Searching by subject, legend, publication, or author/compiler is availablehere. All of the above and more, including links to online texts where available, is available from the site's main page -

All editions of the Hawaiian Legends Index were researched and compiled by the Hawaiʻi State Library. Historically, responsibility for the index is held by HSL librarians Lillian Ching, Masae Gotanda, and for the current edition, David Del Rocco, Linda Sueyoshi, Louise Storm and Patrick McNally. Responsibility for the online version is held by UHM Library Hawaiian Collection librarian Dore Minatodani. 

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Oct. 18-20: 'Aha Mo'olelo Hawai'i

A recently announced gathering to be held at UH-Manoa campus will be of special interest to writers, readers and scholars of Hawaiian and Pacific literature. As the conference website notes, "The ʻAha Moʻolelo Hawaiʻi is a Hawaiian literature, history and writing symposium. 2012 is the first gathering of scholars and practitioners of Hawaiian literary arts and history in conversation with indigenous Pacific and North American writers and scholars." For more information, click on the image at right.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Pacific Film Series and other CPIS events

The below message has been circulated by the UH-M Center for Pacific Islands Studies. All events are free and open to the public. 

Aloha kākou, 
The Pacific Film Series continues this Thursday, 11 October, with The Orator (Sāmoa) 2011, cosponsored by the Pan Pacific Association. The film begins at 5pm in the Tokioka Room, Moore 319.
We are grateful to the writer/director Tusi Tamasese for the opportunity to show this award-winning feature film. 
About the film: The Orator (O Le Tulafale) is a contemporary drama about courage, forgiveness, and love. Small in stature and humble, Saili lives a simple life with his beloved wife and daughter in an isolated, traditional village in the islands of Sāmoa.  Forced to protect his land and family, Saili must face his fears and seek the right to speak up for those he loves. 

The Pacific Film Series continues on Thursday, 1 November, at 5:30pm with an excerpt preview of the new NOVA-National Geographic TV special The Mystery of Easter Island at the Art Building Auditorium, UHM. The special is based on research by Professor Terry Hunt (UHM Dept of Anthropology and Director, Honors Program) and Dr Carl Lipo (California State University Long Beach). There will be a Q&A with Hunt, Lipo, and the filmmakers. A book signing of The Statues That Walked by Hunt and Lipo will follow the presentation of the film excerpt.

CPIS and the Pacific Islands Development Program will host a seminar this Friday, 12 October, at 12pm"Trends and Challenges of the Growing Migration under the Compacts of Free Association" presented by David Gootnick, Director, and Emil Friberg, Assistant Director, International Affairs and Trade, US Government Accountability Office in Burns Hall, Room 3121/3125. Please see the attached flyer for more information. 
Also on Friday, "The Leaves Keep Falling: The Asian/Pacific Basin & Sustainability After Empire" a film-screening and panel discussion at the Center for Korean Studies Auditorium from 2:30-4:00pm. CPIS MA student Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner will participate in the panel discussion, please see the attached flyer for more information. 

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

"Chamorro Voices: Sovereignty, Decolonization, Militarization, Language, and Diaspora" (and other events)

The below is quoted directly from a release circulated by the UH-Manoa Center for Pacific Islands Studies. All listed events are free and open to the public.

Good morning, 
Please join us today [Weds, 10/3/12] at 12 pm for "Chamorro Voices: Sovereignty, Decolonization, Militarization, Language, and Diaspora" with UHM undergraduate poet Joleen Togawa Salas, chairperson of Guam’s Independence Task Force Michael Lujan Bevacqua, We are Guåhan cofounder Leevin Camacho, and indigenous rights attorney Therese Terlaje (more information below)These speakers will address issues of sovereignty, decolonization, militarization, language, and the diaspora. UHM assistant professor Craig Santos Perez will moderate the panel. The seminar will be in the Tokioka Room, Moore 319 and is cosponsored by the English Department. 

On Friday, 5 October from 5-8pm, the Marianas Club will be hosting I Kinalamten Gi Fina'tinas-ta (The Movement Through Our Creations) at KAMA 201, Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies. Blacksmith Peter Toves and weaver Maria Barcinas will display their work and Craig Santos Perez and Melvin Won Pat-Borja will share their poetry. At the end the night, there will be a screening of Chamorro made and inspired films. The event is sponsored by the Center for Pacific Islands Studies.
"Chamorro Voices: Sovereignty, Decolonization, Militarization, Language, and Diaspora"

Joleen Togawa Salas is a native from the island of Saipan and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in sociology at UH Mānoa. She credits her poetic influences to music because it has inspired her in dance, word, and life since a very young age. She hopes to become a writer to proudly contribute to her cultural background. Biba Pasifiko! Biba Kutura!

Michael Lujan Bevacqua is the grandson of Elizabeth Flores Lujan (familian Kabesa) and the Chamorro master blacksmith, Joaquin Flores Lujan (familian Bittot). Michael is the father of two ñangñang children, Sumåhi and Akli‘e‘, and is an instructor of history and English at the University of Guam. He earned a PhD in ethnic studies at the University of California, San Diego. His research deals with outlining the structures of colonialism in Guam and theorizing the everyday possibilities of decolonization for Chamorros.

Leevin Camacho is an attorney and the cofounder of We Are Guåhan, a multi-ethnic collective of individuals, families, and grassroots organizations concerned with the future of Guåhan. We Are Guåhan aims to inform and engage its community on the various issues concerning the impending military buildup. Leevin grew up in Guåhan and after graduating from John F. Kennedy High School, he attended University of Washington and earned a bachelor’s degree in English Literature. His law degree is from Boston University and he currently practices law in Guåhan.

Therese Terlaje is an attorney who has served as legal counsel to the Guam Legislature and as counsel to the Democratic Senators of I Liheslaturan Guåhan. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Creighton University and went on to earn a law degree at University of California, Los Angeles, where she became the first Pacific Islander to chair the Asian and Pacific Law Students Association. She has been an advocate for indigenous rights and the decolonization of Guåhan.

Craig Santos Perez is the cofounder of Ala Press, costar of the poetry album Undercurrent (Hawai‘i Dub Machine, 2011); and author of two collections of poetry: from unincorporated territory [hacha] (Tinfish Press, 2008) and from unincorporated territory [saina] (Omnidawn Publishing, 2010); a finalist for the Los Angeles Times 2010 Book Prize for Poetry; and the winner of the 2011 PEN Center USA Literary Award for Poetry. He is an assistant professor in the English Department at UH Mānoa, where he teaches Pacific literature and creative writing.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

New Faculty

Congratulations to Aaron J. Salā, who has been hired by the UH-Manoa Music Department. An alumnus of Kamehameha Schools, Aaron has  previously taught Hawaiian Studies and music courses at Manoa and Windward Community College. For a more complete bio, see

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Librarians in the News

Each year, librarians in the Pacific Collection travel to one of the three cultural regions of the Pacific (Micronesia, Melanesia, Polynesia) on extended acquisitions trips. These trips multi-island trips (which are funded by a federal Title VI grant administered by the Center for Pacific Islands Studies) serve a variety of purposes, from ensuring that our Pacific Collection holdings are complete and up-to-date, to maintaining the collection's strong ties to publishers, librarians and archivists throughout the region. 
During a recent acquisitions trip to Guam, Pacific Specialist Librarian Eleanor Kleiber paid a visit to the Glimpses of Guam offices to check up on various items produced by the publishing company. Little did she know that she would subsequently become part of the news cycle, as her visit was written up in Guam Business Magazine.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Faculty Lecture Series: "SPAM MAPS: Questions about Contemporary Asia Pacific Art"

The below is quoted from a press release circulated by UH Libraries Outreach Coordinator, Teri Skillman:

Contact: Teri Skillman, (808) 956-8688 Outreach Coordinator, Library Services

Jaimey Hamilton, Assistant Professor of Art History at UH Manoa, will give the first lecture in the Fall 2012 Faculty Lecture Series from 3:30-4:30 p.m. on Monday, September 10, 2012, in Hamilton Library Room 301.  Refreshments will be provided and admission is free.
"SPAM MAPS: Questions about Contemporary Asia Pacific Art" is an overview of the transformation of contemporary art in the Asian Pacific economy.  It will showcase conversations among the Asia-Pacific creative community who propose new “maps” and models of economic relationships in our community, the Pacific Islands and Asia.
Many of the people involved are widely recognized as innovators in the arts and culture of the region.  They include Wu Hung, Terry Smith, Margo Machida, Maile Andrade, Ralph Reganvanu, Filipe Tohi, Michael Tuffery, Lynne Mamamoto, Ritsuko Taho, Michael Arcega, Ni Haifeng and Gaye Chan.
Assistant Professor Hamilton directs Intersections, The Visiting Artist and Scholar Program for the Art Department. She has published in Art Journal, October, and In_Visible Culture, and juried and curated art exhibitions and forums that advocate art’s role in expanding consciousness about global economic issues.
Hamilton’s book, "Uncommon Goods: The Global Dimensions of the Readymade," is coming this Fall from Intellect Press.
Event sponsors are the UH Manoa Library, Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education, and Office of Research Relations.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Norman Meller Research Award deadline approaching

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

The Norman Meller Research Award of $250.00 is given annually to the best MA research paper produced at the University of Hawai'i in the social sciences or humanities and focused on the Pacific Islands. Plan A theses, Plan B papers, or MA portfolios are eligible. Submissions may be made by students or by nominations from the faculty, and are not limited to students in the MA program in Pacific Islands Studies. The submissions are read by a panel of judges, who consider the overall quality of the submission, the depth of the research it represents, and the significance of the work in the field of Pacific Islands Studies. Of particular interest are submissions that employ interdisciplinary approaches and/or include indigenous epistemologies and perspectives. The judges reserve the right to recommend that more than one award be made, or that no award be given.
To be eligible for the 2012 award, the work must have been completed during the 2011-2012 academic year, and be submitted in hard copy form to Professor Terence Wesley-Smith, Director, Center for Pacific Islands Studies, 1890 East-West Road, Moore 215, Honolulu, Hawai`i 96822. Any multimedia components must be prepared in formats that are readily accessible using standard computer equipment. The deadline for submissions is 1 October 2012.
This award is made possible by a bequest from Dr Norman Meller, a political scientist and founding director of the Pacific Islands Studies Program, who passed away in 2000.

Friday, August 24, 2012

The Hawai'i Internment Experience

The recently reconstructed and re-opened Manoa Public Library is currently hosting an exhibit titled The Hawai'i Internment Experience. Developed in conjunction with the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai'i, the exhibit runs through September 19. For more information, click on the poster at right.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

New Hawaiian Land Research Database

The below is copied directly from a press release circulated by Kamakakuokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies and the Hawai'inuiakea School of Hawaiian Knowledge:

We are proud to announce that the AVAKONOHIKI.ORG website is being published today in order to serve as a Hoʻokupu no Ka Lāhui, a gift to the Hawaiian Nation, from the students of the UHM Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies [KCHS].
Working on the AVA Konohiki project, funded by a federal grant from the Administration of Native Americans [ANA], and through the Edith Kanakaʻole Foundation [EKF], our Hawaiian students have created a web site to provide free and easy access to all 8,500 of the Hawaiian Kingdom Land Commission Awards [LCAs] and LCA Testimonies, as well as LCA maps for the 81 Ahupuaʻa of Oʻahu. They even have video webinars to walk you through LCA land and map research!
The AVA acronym stands for Ancestral Visions of ʻĀina, or Kamakakūokaʻāina, where young Hawaiians study ancestral Konohiki understandings of land and water management with a view to sustainable and efficient food production; hence the term AVA Konohiki! They believe that the first step in their training is to serve the Lāhui by making Hawaiian land documents available through the web; modern Hawaiian students!
Dr. Lilikalā Kameʻeleihiwa of UHM KCHS serves as Principal Investigator, Professor Kekuhi Keliikanakaoleohaililani of EKF and HCC is Director of the grant, and Dr. Pualani Kanahele of EKF is cultural leader.
For the past 2 years, the team of 15 AVA Konohiki have been harvesting, transcribing, and proofreading these 8,500 land records, and now are wanting to share them with the world at>.
The website begins with the 932 pages of LCAs in Volume 4, and the first 40 pages of Foreign Testimonies, both the handwritten original pdfs, as well as the typewritten transcriptions.
Over the next few weeks, handwritten pdfs and their transcriptions of all 10 LCA volumes will be uploaded.  Eventually, transcriptions for all 24 volumes of Foreign and Native Testimonies will be uploaded along with the handwritten original pdfs too.  By the end of Year 3 of the grant, there will be 12,400 land documents available. This will make genealogy and land researching available at our fingertips! If you want monthly updates about new materials being loaded on the website, you can ask to be put on the mailing list at
For the more sophisticated researchers, they can access this material through the Hawaiʻinuiākea Knowledge Well that will allow searching in 5 different fields at once. Dr. Maenette Benham, Dean of Hawaiʻinuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge, has established the HSHK Knowledge Well as permanent repository for all records having to do with the Hawaiian people.  Our website will be the first portal to access that knowledge.
In order to better serve our Lāhui, on September 18, 2012, our students will hold an AVA Konohiki Website Launch Party to train students and community on how to use our website to search for Land Commission Awards, testimonies and maps.  This event will be held in Hālau o Haumea, Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies, 2645 Dole Street, Honolulu, Hawaiʻi from 5-7 pm, so mark your calendars!
Our students follow the motto of Hawaiʻinuiākea: 100 Generations of Ancestral Knowledge to Share with the World!
AVA Konohiki gratefully acknowledges and thanks it supporters:
Administration for Native Americans [ANA]
Edith Kanakaʻole Foundation [EKF]
Hawaiʻinuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge [HSHK]
Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies [KCHS]
Kawaihuelani Center for Hawaiian Language [KCHL]
Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs
Department of Hawaiian Home Lands
Hamilton Library
Ka Huli Ao Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law
Kamehameha Schools
ʻŌiwi TV
ʻŌlelo Television
Paepae o Heʻeʻia
UHM Aquaculture Hub
UHM Geography Department

Monday, August 20, 2012

"Charting the Land on the Ocean"

The University of Otago is currently hosting Charting the Land on the Ocean: Pacific Exploration, 1520-1876, an exhibit that features books and maps found in various of its campus library collections. The exhibit also includes an online component with samples of these same items, along with historical documentation.

Many of these works can also be found in various forms (either the original publications, or facsimile copies) in the UH-Manoa Library's Hawaiian and Pacific Collections. Selected images from various rare materials in the Hawaiian and Pacific Collections are also available via this recently launched online collection:

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

The Contemporary Pacific, Vol. 24, no. 2

Volume 24, no. 2 (2012) of The Contemporary Pacific was recently released. This latest edition of TCP features artwork by Ani O'Neill and contributions by Jonathan D. Baker, David Chappell, Stuart Dawrs, Vicente M Diaz, Mark Falcous, Jon Fraenkel, Andrew D. Grainger, Nic MacLellan, Gordon Leua Nanau, Joshua I. Newman, Howard Van Trease, Irene Visser and Muridan S. Widjojo. To view a complete table of contents, click on the image at right. Hard copy issues of the journal are available in the Pacific Collection, and UH-Manoa students, faculty and staff can also access electronic copies of the current issue (and all issues dating back to 2000) via Project Muse. All issues prior to the current two (i.e., from 1989 through 2011) are freely available on the internet via the UH-M Scholarspace digital repository.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Pacific News From Manoa

The Center for Pacific Islands Studies newsletter, Pacific News from Manoa, is now available in blog format at Back issues of Pacific News can also be found on the Center's website at (The newsletter also continues to be distributed electronically as a pdf file; for more information on receiving the newsletter via email, visit the blog.)

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Free Tuition: Intermediate Marshallese

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

Iọkwe koṃ aolep
Free tuition for 201 Intermediate Marshallese through UHM Outreach College again for fall semester. 
This is a special opportunity to take 4 credits of a Pacific language for only $180.50 (administration fees). See the attached flyer for additional details. 
Please pass this announcement on to your networks.

Thank you, 


Katherine Higgins, PhD
Outreach Director
Center for Pacific Islands Studies
University of Hawai'i at Manoa
Moore 212
1890 East-West Road
Honolulu, HI 96822
(808) 956-2658

Friday, June 22, 2012

Social Process in Hawaii now available online

Social Process in Hawaii, the journal of the UH-Manoa Department of Sociology, has been published since 1935. Back issues of the journal were recently made freely available online via Scholarspace, the Library's digital repository of material produced by the UH-Manoa community. To access the journals, click here.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Tattoo film festival

The Doris Duke Theater at the Honolulu Museum of Art will be hosting a tattoo film festival from June 23 to July 6. In addition to a wide array of documentaries and feature films, the festival also includes two lectures on Polynesian tattooing by Tricia Allen. For more information, click here. 

As an aside, for those with an interest in historic tattooing images, the Hawaiian & Pacific Collections are in the process of completing an online image collection that draws from our rare book holdings -- included are several images of tattoos from throughout Oceania. The image at right is one example; to view others, click here.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

"Pasefika" Photo Exhibit

The Hawaiian and Pacific Collections are happy to be hosting "Pasefika," an exhibit of photographs by Floyd K. Takeuchi. Timed to the quadrennial Festival of Pacific Arts (which takes place in the Solomon Islands this July), "Pasefika" is comprised of images shot at the last Festival, which was hosted by American Samoa in 2008. The exhibit runs through the end of July, and is open to the public during the standard Hawaiian and Pacific Collections reading room hours. To read the artist's statement for the exhibit, click on the image at right.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Chronicling America Back Online

The Chronicling America newspaper database is back online, after a service interruption earlier this week. For more on the Chronicling America project and other online sources of 19th- and early-20th century Hawaii- and Pacific-related newspaper content, click here.

Biodiversity Heritage Library blog features Bryan's "Natural History of Hawaii"

A recent posting on the Biodiversity Heritage Library blog discusses natural history in Hawaii, including William Bryan's Natural history of Hawaii, being an account of the Hawaiian people, the geology and geography of the islands, and the native and introduced plants and animals of the group. To view the story, click on the image at right. Full text of Bryan's Natural History of Hawaii... is available via the Hathi Trust; to view it, click here.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Chronicling America currently off-line

The Library of Congress' Chronicling America historic newspaper archive is currently offline. The LoC is aware of the issue and expects to have the site back online in the next few days. For more information on the Hawaiian Collection's participation with Chronicling America (and more generally about online access to Hawai'i- and Pacific-related historic newspapers), see our blog entry of Oct. 26, 2011.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Call for Papers: HŪLILI: Multidisciplinary Research on Hawaiian Well-Being

The below call for papers is quoted directly from an email circulated by the editors of Hūlili:

HŪLILI: Multidisciplinary Research on Hawaiian Well-Being


Due on July 2, 2012
We are accepting papers for our annual journal Hūlili. To be considered for Vol. 9, please submit papers by Monday, July 2, 2012, to
Hūlili (bridge or ladder) brings together ancestral knowledge of the past and current issues that affect Hawaiians today. Hūlili highlights theory, practice, and research on Native Hawaiian issues from such diverse disciplines as education, health, sociology, culture, and economics. Articles from emerging and established voices emphasize the importance of native people telling native stories to preserve native values and ways of knowing.
Recent years have been a pivotal time for Native Hawaiians. As Hawaiian issues gain momentum locally and nationally, one thing is clear: The Hawaiian voice matters, and that voice is growing. Understanding and amplifying the native voice is a central objective of Hūlili.
Manuscript guidelines are attached for your reference. Previous volumes of Hūlili are available online at
If you have any questions, please email us at
Mahalo for your interest in Hülili. Please share this invitation with your colleagues and peers.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Recently Added E-Books, part 2

Another round of Hawai'i- or Pacific-related electronic books have been added to the Hamilton libraries, to further enhance accessibility to high-use titles. The recent batch includes:

Title : Endangered Languages of Austronesia
Author : Florey, Margaret
eISBN : 0191571210
Access URL :
Title : Tourism and National Identity
Author : Frew, Elspeth; White, Leanne
eISBN : 1135146845
Access URL :
Title : Dictionary of Polynesian Mythology
Author : Craig, Robert D.
eISBN : 0313069468
Access URL :
Title : Language, Space, and Social Relationships : A Foundational Cultural Model in Polynesia
Author : Bennardo, Giovanni
eISBN : 0511539932
Access URL :
Title : Polynesians in America : Pre-Columbian Contacts with the New World
Author : Jones, Terry; Storey, Alice; Matisoo-Smith, Elizabeth; Ramírez-Aliaga, José; Clarke, Andrew; Cordero, María-Auxiliadora; Green, Roger; Irwin, Geoffrey; Klar, Kathryn; Quiróz, Daniel; Scaglion, Richard; Weisler, Marshall
eISBN : 0759120064
Access URL :

Monday, April 23, 2012

Recently Added E-Books

UH-Manoa's Hamilton Library has recently added several electronic books to its holdings, including some high-demand titles of interest to Hawai'i and Pacific researchers. More are currently in the process of being purchased, but in the meantime the below titles are now available. (As new titles are added, links will be included with their records in the library's online Voyager catalog):

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Upcoming CPIS Events

The below is quoted directly from an email circulated by the UH-Manoa Center for Pacific Islands Studies. For more information, see links at bottom, or click on the images at right.

Aloha friends and colleagues, 
Please join us for films and seminars during the final weeks of the semester: 

Thursday 4/19  – Pacific Film Series presents Shiro’s Head (Guam) 2008
6:30 pm 
Tokioka Room, Moore 319 cosponsored by the Pacific Islands Development Program and Pan Pacific Association 

Tuesday 4/24 – Marata Tamaira, PhD candidate Australian National University (CPIS MA, 2009), “Visual Sovereignty and Indigenous Countervisuality: Picturing Contemporary Kanaka Maoli Art Practice in Hawai‘i”, 
12:00 pm 
John Burns Hall room 3121/3125, East-West Center
cosponsored by the Pacific Islands Development Program 

Wednesday 4/25 – Semir Al Wardi (University of French Polynesia), “Democracy in French Polynesia” 
12:00 pm
John Burns Hall 3121/3125, East-West Center
cosponsored by the Pacific Islands Development. 

Wednesday 5/2 – Pacific Connections Seminar Series with University of French Polynesia
12:00 pm 
John Burns Hall 3121/3125, East-West Center 
cosponsored by the Pacific Islands Development Program. This is the final in a series of scholarly presentations between Hawai‘i and Tahiti Nui using video conference technology featuring faculty and students dedicated to Pacific Islands studies. 

Thursday 5/3 – Pacific Film Series presents Miss South Pacific: Beauty and the Sea (Fiji) 2011 
6:30 pm 
Tokioka Room, Moore 319
cosponsored by the Pacific Islands Development Program and Pan Pacific Association 

For more information, see the attached flyers or visit our website cpis/news_2.html and