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: https://sites.google.com/a/hawaii.edu/hamilton-air-handler-project/home?pli=1

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 biograph@hawaii.edu
 
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.