Thursday, February 23, 2012

"Preserving Local Historical Sources: How it Happens and Why it Needs to Be Done"

The below announcement regards a talk about a soon-to-be available manuscript collection in our Hawaiian Collection: the archives of Hawai'i Catholic Women's Guild.

"Preserving Local Historical Sources: How it Happens and Why it Needs to Be Done"

The Catholic Women’s Guild, Archives Preservation and Access Project
Palama Settlement, Dining Room
810 N. Vineyard Blvd.
March 3, 2012
11:00 AM

Dr. Albert W. H. Lum, Professor Emeritus (English), Chaminade University;
Curator, Brother Bertram’s Photographs, 1883–1905

Sr. William Marie Eleniki, OSF, Chief Administrator,
St. Francis Healthcare Foundation of Hawaiʻi
Paula Rath, Journalist and Palama Settlement Trustee;
and Jacqueline Rath, Archivist, Palama Settlement Archives
Ellen Chapman, Archivist, University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa
Dr. Janine Richardson, Historian; Project Director, Catholic Women’s Guild Preservation Project

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

More information on Bishop Museum Library and Archives status

The Bishop Museum Library and Archives has posted the below message on its internet home-page. The website also now includes an online appointment request form:
"In alignment with Bishop Museum’s new strategic plan, the Library and Archives collections have been identified as an area of priority in the effort to develop increased access to Museum resources for our community. Effective March 1, 2012, the Library and Archives will temporarily suspend public reference hours and provide limited, by-appointment access to its collections. This temporary closure will allow staff the necessary time to support a museum and community effort to plan and implement a new model of operation for this area."

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Pacific Connections Seminar Series features live-via-internet presentations from Tahiti

The below message, regarding a new trans-Pacific seminar series, is quoted from a message circulated by the UH-M Center for Pacific Islands Studies:

Aloha friends and colleagues,
Please join us for the inaugural presentation in the Pacific Connections Seminar Series featuring Professor Serge Dunis, University of French Polynesia.

[Re]connecting Hawai‘i and Tahiti: South Pacific Perspectives on Hawai‘i and Pacific Travel in the Precolonial Period

Tuesday, 21 February 2012, 12:00-1:00 p.m. Room 3121/3125, John Burns Hall, East West Center

Professor Serge Dunis
University of French Polynesia
Tahiti Nui

It is believed that Hawai‘i was first settled by migrants coming from the Marquesas, followed by a second wave of immigration launched from Bora Bora. Understanding movements during this exciting era relies heavily on interpreting oral traditions, embracing indigenous knowledge, as well as other methods of uncovering the past.

As a scholar of both Hawai‘i and Tahiti Nui, Professor Dunis will present an argument about Pele, goddess of the volcano. In retracing her pet sister’s steps between Kaua‘i and Kilauea, Professor Dunis will also illuminate H‘iiaka’s epic journey across vast stretches, reaching as far as the Galapagos Islands. Hi‘iaka is said to have overwhelmed the hordes of the giant Mo‘o and become aware of the Amerindian tuber, known today as the sweet potato. The presentation will explain how El Niño subsequently influenced settlement of the entire Pacific.

Something New…
This presentation marks the inauguration of live scholarly presentations between Hawai‘i and Tahiti Nui. Each month throughout the spring semester we will connect via video for a brown-bag seminar featuring faculty and students dedicated to Pacific islands studies. It is jointly sponsored by the University of French Polynesia, University of Hawai‘i, and East-West Center. The second seminar will be Wednesday 21 March at 12:00 pm - Flags, Human Heads, and Movies: Challenges of Seeking a Common Destiny in Kanaky New Caledonia,  by Professor David Chappell, University of Hawai‘i at Manoa,

For additional information and disability access, please contact Katherine Higgins at 956-2652 or The University of Hawai‘i is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution.

Katherine Higgins
Outreach Director
Center for Pacific Islands Studies

Monday, February 13, 2012

Hawai'i and Pacific related events at UH-Manoa this week

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

Micronesian Connections
Thursday 16 February 1:30 pm – 6:00 pm, John Burns Hall room 3125/3121, East-West Center

This free public event offers perspectives on Micronesian communities in Hawai‘i featuring personal stories from students, presentations on public policy and issues relating to discrimination, and an overview of COFA, health, housing, and education for Micronesian communities. For more information, see the attached flyer or contact Dr. Ulla Hasager at or 956-4218.


Wednesday 15 February
Ty P. Kawika Tengan (Ethnic Studies) “Return to Fort Kamehameha: Martialing Memory in Occupied Hawai‘i” in ICSCP Speakers Series, 12:00 – 1:15 pm, John Burns Hall room 2118, East-West Center.

Lt. Colonel Joe Estores (retired, U.S. Army) came back to Hawai‘i in 2006, a Vietnam Veteran with 20 years of service as a soldier and over 30 years as a federal employee.  His shock at the massive transformations that had taken place since he left the islands led to a transition in his “warrior life” as he took up the cause of demilitarization and Hawaiian sovereignty upon his return.  One component of this work has been to re-narrate the history of his childhood home of Fort Kamehameha, an Army coastal artillery post at the entrance of Pearl Harbor that later became a part of Hickam Air Force Base.   While the site is known primarily for its military significance, for him it was also a playground where his Native Hawaiian and Filipino family thrived on the abundant marine resources that have all but vanished now.  The personal and family stories he tells articulate with broader histories of Indigenous engagements with U.S. empire, the traces of which are found in the bones that are unearthed in construction projects and forgotten place namesthat appear on old maps.  This talk explores the ways that Estores actively re-members Fort Kamehameha as a way of contesting the occupation of Hawai‘i through narrative enactments of Hawaiian and military pasts.  In so doing, his story reveals the ambivalences inherent in efforts to transform imperial soldiering into Indigenous warrior hood.

Thursday 16 February
Monica A. "Ka'imipono" Kaiwi (Kamehameha Schools – Kaplama English department) in the UHM English Department Colloquium Series and Native Voices Reading and Lecture Series, 3:00 pm, Kuykendall 410, UHM.

Like many of our counterparts, the Kamehameha Schools—Kapālama English department has wrestled with defining Native Hawaiian and local/Hawai'i literature for several years.  In response to our KS strategic plan and a number of subsequent initiatives, our department committed to integrate Native Hawaiian literature into our multi-cultural college-preparatory curriculum.  This decision gave urgency to our on-going discussion and brought to the forefront the need to agree upon a clear definition of Native Hawaiian literature that was both substantive and respectful of diverse opinions.  In brief, we wished to be meaningful without being pedantic.
The framework to be presented and discussed in this colloquium is our KS English department’s approach to conceptualizing Native Hawaiian and local/Hawai'i literature.   The goal of this exercise is to initiate a discussion of literature written in and/or about Hawai'i, to provide a tool with which to craft valuable criticism for both Native Hawaiian literature and the literature of Hawai'i, and to help define Hawai'i's literature for the greater educational community.
Ka'imipono is the Department Head for English at Kamehameha Schools—Kapālama, where she currently teaches AP Literature and Composition: Comparative. She has taught Hawaiian, Pacific and world literature for over twenty-seven years.
Ka'imipono earned her Masters Degree in English from The University of Auckland under the mentorship of Albert Wendt and Witi Ihimaera. Ka'imipono has published a number of poems and articles on topics ranging from Hawaiian Education to Herman Melville’s Typee.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Bishop Museum Library and Archives (temporary) closure

Starting March 1st, Bishop Museum Library and Archives will temporarily close to the public. No other details are currently available, though we will post them here as they become known.

Monday, February 6, 2012

2/10/12: Digital Image Use 101: Rediscover Images on the Internet

The below is quoted directly from a message circulated by UH-Manoa Hamilton Library:

Digital Image Use 101: Rediscover Images on the Internet

This workshop covers the process of finding, downloading, and using images from the Internet for your academic work and beyond. Finding images on the Internet and using them properly are critical skills for succeeding in your academic and professional career. Participants will learn how the digital image industry works, tips for searching images, various online resources, how to avoid copyright violation, how to develop a critical eye for identifying the credibility of digital images, and how to cite images in your paper and projects.

The workshop is open to students, faculty and staff at UH. Please RVSP to with your name and department/major. Walk-in participants are also welcome on the day.

Date & Time:
    Friday, February 10, 2012  - 11:30am-12:30pm

    Room 113, Hamilton Library (first floor near the elevators)
          *It is recommended to bring a warm jacket since the room is very cold.

For more information about finding and using images online, go to the Hamilton Library’s art research guide at: