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