Monday, December 23, 2013

Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Health Interview Survey

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have launched the Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Health Interview Survey, which is the first-ever large-scale national health survey to collect detailed health information for Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (NHPI) households. The information will be collected through the National Health Interview Survey, and is meant to assess health needs and to improve understanding of the health concerns faced by this community.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Message from Center for Philippine Studies

The Below is quoted directly from an email circulated by the UH-M Center for Philippine Studies:

Dear UH Manoa community,

As we have seen in the news, the central Philippines has been hit by what may be the worst storm in recorded history, Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda, with deaths in the thousands and survivors desperate for food, water, shelter and medical attention. We are appealing to the UH community to help in whatever way you can and donate to the relief efforts.

The Center for Philippine Studies has identified the following international and national agencies who are already working on the ground assisting victims in the affected areas. It is best to donate DIRECTLY to these organizations through their websites.

Please donate to any of the following:

Philippine Red Cross at

OxFam Philippines through OxFam America/International at

World Food Programme at

Unicef International at

Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres at

If you would like to donate goods and/or money to an organization in Hawaii, you may do so through the Filipino Community Center:

Within the next few days, UHM students will set up a table for Philippine Disaster Relief and you may also contribute there. Any amount or help will go a long way to ensure the survival and rehabilitation of these devastated communities.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact CPS at (808) 956-6086 or visit our website at

Thank you very much,

Dr. Vina A. Lanzona
Director, Center for Philippine Studies

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Center for Oral History transcripts available online via ScholarSpace

The Hawaiian Collection has announced that the transcripts for all UH-Manoa Center for Oral History projects are now available via Scholarspace, the library's digital repository, at

The projects include:
  • 1924 Filipino Strike on Kauai
  • "Captive on the US Mainland"
  • Closing of Sugar Plantations: Interviews with Families of Hamakua and Kau, Hawaii
  • Era of Change: Oral Histories of Civilians in World War II Hawaii
  • Five Life Histories
  • Hawaii Political History Documentation Project
  • Hui Panalaau: Hawaiian Colonists in the Pacific, 1935–1942
  • Ii/Brown Family: Oral Histories
  • Ka Poe Kau Lei: An Oral History of Hawaii's Lei Sellers
  • Kalihi: Place of Transition
  • Koloa: An Oral History of a Kauai Community
  • Kona Heritage Stores Oral History Project
  • Lanai Ranch: The People of Koele and Keomuku
  • Life Histories of Native Hawaiians
  • Oral Histories of African Americans
  • Oral History of Robert Richards Midkiff
  • Oral History of Sidney Kosasa
  • Oroku, Okinawa Connection: Local-Style Restaurants in Hawaii
  • Perspectives on Hawaii's Statehood
  • Pioneer Mill Company: A Maui Sugar Plantation Legacy
  • Presidents of the University of Hawaii: Fujio Matsuda
  • Presidents of the University of Hawaii: Harlan Cleveland
  • Public Education in Hawaii: Oral Histories
  • Reflections of Palama Settlement
  • Remembering Kakaako
  • Social History of Kona
  • State Foundation on Culture and the Arts: An Oral History
  • Stores and Storekeepers of Paia and Puunene, Maui
  • Tsunamis in Maui County: Oral Histories
  • Tsunamis Remembered: Oral Histories of Survivors and Observers in Hawaii
  • Ualapue, Molokai: Oral Histories from the East End
  • Uchinanchu: A History of Okinawans  in Hawaii
  • Waialua-Haleiwa: The People Tell Their Story
  • Waikiki, 1910-1985: Oral Histories
  • Waipio: Mano Wai (Source of Life)
  • Women Workers in Hawaii's Pineapple Industry
Primary funding for this project came from the UHM Library, with support from the Center for Oral History.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Queer Pacific Indigeneity: Constructing Our Archives

The below is quoted directly from an email circulated by UH's Center for Biographical Research. In addition to his other biographical data listed below, D. Keali'i MacKenzie also currently serves as a part-time reference librarian in the Hawaiian and Pacific Collections.

"Queer Pacific Indigeneity: Constructing Our Archives"
D. Keali‘i MacKenzie and Tagi Qolouvaki
Thursday, September 26 • Noon to 1:15 pm
Center for Biographical Research • 1800 East-West Road, Henke Hall 325
In this talanoa/talk story panel, David Kealiʻi MacKenzie and Tagi Qolouvaki, both queer-identifying, Pacific Islanders (Native Hawaiian and Fijian-Tongan) discuss how their respective genealogies, including as activists, scholars, and writers, have informed their journeys to find and construct archives of queer pacific indigeneity. Along the way we hope to share a few poems, photographs, memories of community, and some of the many questions that guide and accompany us.

D. Kealiʻi MacKenzie is Kanaka Maoli poet, librarian, and scholar who was originally born and raised in Western Massachusetts. He received his Master of Library and Information Science in 2012 from UH Manoa is currently a graduate student with the Center for Pacific Islands Studies. His poems have appeared in Flicker and Spark: A Contemporary Queer Anthology of Spoken Word and Poetry, Assaracus: A Journal of Gay Poetry, Mauri Ola: Contemporary Polynesian Poems in English, and The Yellow Medicine Review.

Tagi Qolouvaki is Fijian-Tongan on her mother’s side and German-English on her dad’s side—altogether a very mixed, queer and feminist P.I. Born and raised in Fiji by a few beautiful men and many powerful women, she is currently a student of Pacific literature at UH Mānoa, and has had poetry published in Diasporadic 2, Mauri Ola: Contemporary Polynesian Poems in English, and The Yellow Medicine Review.
Co-sponsored by the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Center for Pacific Island Studies and Center for Biographical Research.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Pacific Lit Talk Story

A new, monthly event related to Pacific literature is set to begin this week at UH-Manoa. As the flyer notes, it's "not a meeting, not an event, not a reading, not an association, not a clique, not an obligation, not a class, not a workshop, not a club... just a monthly afternoon tea & chat for those on the island who love Pacific Lit." For details, click on the image at right.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

The Contemporary Pacific, vol. 25, no. 2

The latest issue of The Contemporary Pacific (Vol. 25, number 2, Fall 2013) has been released, and is available to UH students, faculty and affiliates via Project Muse. The latest issue features art from the 11th Festival of Pacific Arts, which was held in the Solomon Islands in 2012, with cover art (pictured here) by Alisa Vavataga. (As with all recent issues, the featured art is reproduced in full color in the online version of TCP). Articles include writing by Erik K. Silverman ("After Cannibal Tours: Cargoism and Marginality in a Post-touristic Sepik River Society"), Lorenz Gonschor ("Mai te hau Roma ra te huru: The Illusion of "Autonomy" and the Ongoing Struggle for Decolonization in French Polynesia"), an interview with Oscar Temaru, and much more.
As a reminder, all back issues of The Contemporary Pacific (prior to one year from the present) are also freely available on the Internet via UH-Manoa Library's Scholarspace digital repository. (And, of course, the Pacific Collection maintains a complete print collection of all volumes.)

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Hawaiian & Pacific Collections to re-open August 26

The staff of the Hawaiian & Pacific Collections is happy to announce that we will be re-opening this Monday, August 26. As of that day we will resume normal fall semester hours (Monday - Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 1-5 p.m.). As we continue to re-assemble our collections following the summer-long construction project, there may on occasion be delays in our normal retrieval times for requested materials and so we thank you in advance for your patience as we make a return to normal services.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

July 15 Seminar: "Cultural Dilemmas in Development"

OMonday July 15 at 12pm in Burns Hall room 3012, East-West Center, Fr. Fran Hezel will be giving a brown bag seminar called "Cultural Dilemmas in Development," which stems from nearly fifty years of experience living and working in the Federated States of Micronesia. Fr. Hezel's talk will also draw on his recently published Making sense of Micronesia : the logic of Pacific island culture (University of Hawai'i Press, 2013). The Seminar is co-sponsored by The Pacific Islands Development Program and the Center for Pacific Islands Studies. For more information, click on the flyer at right.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

2013 Kids Count Data Book

The Annie E. Casey Foundation's annual Kids Count databook is an important source of statistical information on a variety of subjects. The 2013 edition was recently, released, and can be downloaded from the Kids Count Data Center.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Construction Update: Extended due date for Hawaiian and Pacific materials

As previously announced, the re-opening date for the Hawaiian and Pacific Collections is now tentatively scheduled for August 26, 2013 (for more on this revised date, click here). Owing to this change in our planned re-opening date, all materials that were checked out from the Hawaiian and Pacific Collections between April 28 and May 13 have automatically been given an updated due date. These materials are now due back to the library on or before Tuesday, September 3, 2013.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Climate change resource

Climate Change and the Pacific Islands is an National Science Foundation funded website that includes videos and other teaching resources related to climate change. to quote the site: "The media resources in this collection examine ecosystems on volcanic high islands and low-lying atolls and the climate-related threats to these ecosystems. They also highlight human activities that strengthen or weaken ecosystems, as well as actions that islanders are taking to reduce the threats they face and help preserve their future." Click on the image to view the site.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Construction Update (as of July 1, 2013)

Hawaiian & Pacific Collections Construction update:

The Hawaiian & Pacific Collections at UH-Manoa Hamilton Library are currently closed to the public for renovation work. While the completion date for construction was initially estimated to be mid-July, we have been informed by the contractor that this date will have to be extended. We are therefore currently estimating that the Hawaiian & Pacific Collections will be re-opening to the public on the first day of the fall semester, August 26, 2013, though we cannot yet guarantee this date. The timetable is completely determined by the pace of ongoing construction on our floor.

In the meantime, Hawaiian & Pacific Collections librarians will continue to provide in-person reference service in Hamilton Library's Government Documents Collection reading room, from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. This service will continue through Thursday, August 15, which is the last day of Summer Session II.

If you would like to be added to our email list for future updates, please send a request; updates will also be posted as they become available at this site:

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Albert Wendt's "Sons for the Return Home" available for free download (one week only)

The below is quoted directly from an email circulated by Lani Wendt Young, niece of Samoan poet, novelist, essayist and artist Albert Wendt:

My Uncle Albert Wendt has just announced a thank-you gift for readers worldwide to celebrate his recent award. He has made his award-winning book 'Sons for the Return Home' available for FREE download from Amazon, for this week only. This is an excellent opportunity to discover or re-discover what is great about Pacific Literature. 

You do not need an e-reader or Kindle to utilize this offer. Teachers may find this gift particularly useful. Most students/young people today are reading texts on their phones and can make use of this gift very quickly and easily. All they need is internet access. We hope you will take this opportunity to acquire a classic for your libraries and school resources. 
How to download copies of SONS FOR THE RETURN HOME:
1. Download the free Kindle App from Amazon to your phone or computer. Use this link -
2. Sign up for free for an account with Amazon. (using the same link above.)
3. 'Purchase' your copy of SONS which is currently priced at $0.00. Use this link -
4. SONS will download immediately.
 Please share this link with those students and young people who may not otherwise be able to afford a copy,
Thank you

Lani Wendt Young

Friday, May 31, 2013

Hawaiian Journal of History online

The 2011 and 2012 issues of the Hawaiian Journal of History were recently uploaded to eVols, the UH-M library's digital repository of material that is produced outside of the University of Hawaii. (The library also hosts a second repository, Scholarspace, specifically for material produced by the UH community.) All volumes of the Hawaiian Journal of History, from vol. 1 (1967) through vol. 46 (2012) are freely available for download (and also full-text searchable) at .

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Digitizing Back Issues of Ka Leo

Hamilton Library's Desktop Networking Services department recently completed an upload of more than 900 issues of Ka Leo o Hawaii, the UH-Manoa campus newspaper. The issues, which cover the years 1922-1949, are freely available via Scholarspace, the library's open-access digital repository. The year's 1924 and 1925 have not yet been digitized; all other digital versions can be found at

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Construction Update: Hawaiian and Pacific Temporary Reference Desk Now Open

The Hawaiian and Pacific Collections' temporary reference desk has now opened in Hamilton Library's Government Documents reading room. Collection librarians will be providing reference from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, closed Saturday and Sunday. We will continue to provide reference service at this desk until construction is completed. During open hours, we will be answering our reference telephone line at (808) 956-8264. Otherwise, the best way to reach the collections as a whole is via email: Please note that while we have transferred our reference collection downstairs, we do not have access to the vast majority of our Hawaiian and Pacific materials housed on the fifth floor, and therefore our ability to answer questions will in some cases be limited. 

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Construction update: Hawaiian & Pacific Collections are now closed

The Hawaiian & Pacific Collections are now CLOSED for air conditioning renovation work, which is expected to last through mid-July (an exact reopening date cannot yet be determined due to the complex nature of the construction project).

The entire 5th floor is closed and inaccessible to library users and staff.

Limited in-person reference service will be provided in the Government Documents department, on the ground floor of Hamilton Library, beginning May 28.

For reference assistance between May 13 and 24, please go to first floor (BHSD) reference desk

For more information about the renovation, including research options during our period of closure, please see

Friday, April 26, 2013

OHA Releases New Database

The below is quoted directly from a press release circulated by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs.

HONOLULU (April 25, 2013) --  The Office of Hawaiian Affairs today unveiled a new searchable online geographic information system, which makes data that once would have taken hours - if not days - to compile now available within seconds.
Three years in the making, OHA's new Kīpuka Database provides easy access to a wide array of information, including more than 5,000 Native Hawaiian land awards, nearly 10,000 historic sites, and various ahupua'a boundaries.
The database is expected to help complement OHA's other key research tools, such as the Native Hawaiian Data Book and the Papakilo Database, a digital library for Native Hawaiian historical and cultural information.
"The Kīpuka database is the latest example of efforts by OHA to make the best possible Native Hawaiian historical and cultural land information widely available," said OHA Chief Executive Officer Kamana'opono Crabbe. "And we are extremely proud to make it happen."
For more information about OHA’s new hi-tech research tool, visit

Friday, April 19, 2013

Construction update: Hawaiian and Pacific Collections are OPEN

As a result of the construction project that is underway in Hamilton Library, the three elevators on the first floor that directly lead to the Hawaiian and Pacific Collections are currently inaccessible. However, please note that the Hawaiian and Pacific Collections are open for normal business hours (as are floors 2 through 4 below us). To reach our collections, please go to the second floor of "Phase I" of the library -- i.e., the part of the building that houses the main entrance to the library, the circulation counter, business office and etc. -- and then proceed to "Phase II" of the library (the portion that holds the Hawaiian and Pacific Collections). From there, take an elevator up to the fifth floor.
The 2nd floor of Phase I can be reached either via the stairwell that is located adjacent to the first floor circulation counter, or via two remaining elevators in the Phase I side of the building (which service floors 1 through 3 only). Detour signs have been placed in the library's foyer.
As previously announced, the Hawaiian and Pacific Collections will be closed on May 11 as part of this same construction project. The closure is expected to last approximately eight week. For more information, please click here:

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Connecting Libraries: French Polynesia & Hawai'i

On Thursday, April 18 at 3:45 p.m. Pacific Collection librarian Eleanor Kleiber will join Danielle Niquet, a librarian at the University of French Polynesia, to discuss their experiences as librarians in Hawai'i and Tahiti, respectively. The discussion is open to the public, as is being co-sponsored by the UH-Manoa Library and Information Sciences Program; the American Library Association's UH Student Chapter; the Center for Pacific Islands Studies; and the Hawaiian and Pacific Collections. The event is free and open to the public; for more information click on the flyer at right.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

PACITA: Pacific Islanders in the Arts

A series of free events on the UH Manoa campus next week (4/18-20) will gather poets, filmmakers, musicians and playwrights. For more information click on the flyer at right, or visit the Pacific Literature at UHM Facebook page.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Book Drive for Hawaiian Prisoners

UH Manoa's Native Hawaiian Student Services organization is conducting a book drive to create a library for Hawaiian prisoners. The event takes place Monday, April 8 from 3-5 p.m. at the Kamakauokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies. For more information, click on the flyer at right.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Hawaiian and Pacific Collections to temporarily close May 11, 2013

An extensive construction project to update Hamilton Library’s air conditioning will begin on April 1. This multi-month project will impact different floors and sections of the Library at different times. Construction affecting the Hawaiian and Pacific Collections is scheduled to begin in mid-May. As a consequence, the Hawaiian and Pacific Collections will be closed to the public as of May 11, 2013. Construction in the Hawaiian and Pacific collections area of the library is expected to take up to eight weeks, but the timetable for reopening cannot be exactly determined owing to the complexity of the project. 

During the closure period, materials in the Hawaiian and Pacific Collections will be completely inaccessible to all library users and all library staff. Materials that are checked out from the Hawaiian and Pacific Collections from April 28 onward will be given an extended due date.

Although the Hawaiian and Pacific Collections reading room will be closed, librarians from the collection will be available for in-person reference assistance elsewhere in the library. We will also be answering email queries as possible. Please note that, as our collections are unavailable to us, we may in some cases only be able to provide minimal reference assistance.

Please forward this message to others who may need this information. To be placed on our e-mail list for notifications relating to this project, please send a request As we have more specifics, we will also post them on our departmental website ( ) and blog ( ).

For questions specific to the Hawaiian and Pacific Collections, please contact department head Stu Dawrs ( For general information on how the construction project is affecting the library as a whole, please visit

Monday, March 11, 2013

Biography Brown Bag Series: "Hawaiian Music and Musicians, Revised and Updated"

The below is quoted from an email circulated by the UH-Manoa Center for Biographical Research

"Hawaiian Music and Musicians, Revised and Updated."
by John Berger, Author and Editor
Thursday, March 14
noon - 1:15 p.m.
Kuykendall 410

For more information, please contact, 956-3774, or

John Berger has covered entertainment in Honolulu for 40 years. He has been writing about music, theatre and social events of all kinds for the Honolulu Star-Advertiser (formerly the Honolulu Star-Bulletin) since 1988.

George S. Kanahele published his monumental Hawaiian Music and Musicians: An Illustrated History in 1979. Compiled with the assistance of a hundred contributors and the research of many more, it was immediately recognized as the most ambitious book ever written about Hawaiian music.
The book is arranged alphabetically, with entries on Hawaiian music from its roots in ancient chants to the flowering of the musical renaissance in Hawai'i. It describes leading personalities and groups, organizations, songs and publications, and discusses the extraordinary popularity of Hawaiian music round the world. There are biographies of musicians from every period of Hawaiian musical history—from Henry Berger, David Kālakaua, Queen Lili‘uokalani, and others of their time, to the great names of the 20th century.
In 2000 Dr. Kanahele asked veteran music critic John Berger to work with him on a second edition; Dr. Kanahele passed away a few months later. It took John Berger another dozen years to complete this Revised and Updated Hawaiian Music and Musicians: An Encyclopedic History (Mutual Publishing, 2012). The book is now more than doubled in length, with almost every entry revised and updated, and with almost 100 new entries. In this talk, John Berger will be discussing the process of revising and editing this immense musical history.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Pacific Connections Seminar: Alice Te Punga Somerville

The below is quoted from an email circulated by the Center for Biographical Research:

“Who Am I to Extol Tupaia?” Tahitian Voices in a Māori Project about the Pacific

Alice Te Punga Somerville, Department of English, UH Mānoa

Thursday, March 7 • 12 noon – 1:15 pm
John A. Burns Hall Room 3121/3125 (Third Floor) • East-West Center • 1601 East-West Road
When Cook and his crew visited Aotearoa in 1769, Tupaia from Raʻiatea not only acted as translator between Europeans and Māori but also recorded first exchanges in a painting. Reflecting on the role of Maʻohi people during these encounters, Māori poet Robert Sullivan asks “who am I to extol Tupaia . . . who am I to say these things?” How, indeed, do we write about connections between Pacific people? In the Pacific, how can we tell stories of ourselves without telling stories of each other, and yet how do we avoid—as Sullivan puts it—“tak[ing] the middle of your throat[s]”? Dr Te Punga Somerville will consider the contributions of Tupaia’s painting and Chantal Spitz’s writing to her book Once Were Pacific: Māori connections to Oceania, which explores Māori/Pacific connections at the regional and national levels. We are used to talking about the problem of disconnections between Pacific people at the regional level, often for contemporary linguistic and political reasons; what risks and possibilities emerge when we attempt to work around and beyond them?

Alice Te Punga Somerville (Māori - Te Ātiawa) is an Associate Professor in English, specializing in Pacific Literatures. After receiving her PhD from Cornell University, she taught for seven years at Victoria University of Wellington. Her first book, Once Were Pacific (University of Minnesota Press 2012), explores Māori/ Pacific connections. She also writes the occasional poem.

Please note that this special seminar, part of the Pacific Connections Seminar Series of live, videoconferenced presentations from Hawai‘i and Tahiti, is sponsored by the Center for Pacific Islands Studies and the East-West Center, and will be held in Burns Hall 3121/3125, not in Henke Hall 325. For more information, please contact Katherine Higgins, of the Center for Pacific Island Studies, at or 956-2658, or the Center for Biographical Research at or 956-3774.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Faculty Lecture Series: "Hawai'i on Film"

The below is quoted directly from an email circulated by UH-M Library Events & Communications Coordinator Teri L. Skillman:

Contact: Teri L Skillman, (808) 956-8688 Events & Communications Coordinator, University of Hawaii at Manoa

The second lecture in the Spring 2013 Faculty Lecture Series, Hawai'i on Film: Storytelling on Screen Beyond Stereotypes, by Lisette Marie Flanary from the Academy of Creative Media, will be held on on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 3:30 p.m. in Hamilton 301. Admission is free and refreshments will be provided.
There have been many films shot in and about Hawaiʻi, but few have been stories that are told from the point of view of the “inside out” rather than the outside looking in. The diversity and individuality of Indigenous films made in Hawaiʻi challenge stereotypical understandings of Native Hawaiians and are important tools for cultural expression. Through her documentary films about hula and Hawaiian culture, filmmaker Flanary offers windows into our community, culture, beliefs, traditions and history with emphasis on issues of representation, protocols, and cultural integrity for a global audience. Her films American Aloha: Hula Beyond Hawaiʻi, Nā Kamalei: The Men of Hula, ONE VOICE, and her current film project entitled Tokyo Hula will be used to illustrate contemporary storytelling in Hawaiʻi.
As an independent filmmaker and a hula dancer, Flanary creates documentary films that celebrate a modern renaissance of the hula dance and Hawaiian culture. She is the writer, producer and director of Lehua Films and her award-winning documentaries, “AMERICAN ALOHA: Hula Beyond Hawai’i”, “Nā Kamalei: The Men of Hula”, and “ONE VOICE” have broadcast nationally on public television and shown in film festivals around the world. 
Flanary is currently directing and producing a documentary entitled “Tokyo Hula” which explores the explosive popularity of hula in Japan. She is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in Film and Television Production and received her MFA in Creative Writing at the New School University. Having lived in New York City for over twenty years, Flanary recently joined the faculty at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa as the Assistant Professor of Indigenous/Native Creative Media at the Academy for Creative Media in the Fall of 2011.
The Faculty Lecture Series is presented by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research & Graduate Education, the Office of Research Relations and UH Mānoa Library.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Pacific Connections seminar series

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

Aloha kākou,

Please join us at 12pm on Thursday (2/14) for the first Pacific Connections Seminar of the semester. Bruno Saura, University of French Polynesia, will present “Pulotu, Hawaiki, Kahiki: Remembrance of Ancestral Lands in Pre-European Polynesia” from Tahiti via videoconference.

Pulotu, Hawaiki, Kahiki: Remembrance of Ancestral Lands in Pre-European Polynesia
Hawaiian people have kept the memory of the land of origin of their ancestors: Kahiki. They have also adopted for one of their islands the designation Hawaiʻi, which throughout Eastern Polynesia and Aotearoa refers to a land of origin as well as to the final destination of the deceased spirits: Hawaiki. Dr Saura will analyze Hawaiians’ inclusion of Raiatea in the concept of “Kahiki,” while the Tahitians call that island Havaiʻi. After considering another concept, Pulotu, which in Western Polynesia corresponds to what is called Hawaiki in Eastern Polynesia, Saura will deal with the traditional links between Hawaiʻi and “Kahiki.”

Here is an updated list of upcoming events:

February 14      Thursday 12:00pm at John Burns Hall room 3121/3125, EWC
Pacific Connections Seminar Series Pulotu, Hawaiki, Kahiki: Remembrance of Ancestral Lands in Pre-European Polynesia Bruno Saura, University of French Polynesia, cosponsored by the Center for Pacific Islands Studies, the Pacific Islands Development Program, EWC, and the University of French Polynesia.

February 19      Tuesday 4:30pm Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies
Mana Wahine Mix with Sia Figel, Alice Te Punga Somerville, Mehanaokala Hind, and Fata Simanu Klutz

February 20      Wednesday 2:30pm Center for Korean Studies Auditorium
LLL Film Series Boy (Aotearoa/New Zealand) 2010 introduced by Alice Te Punga Somerville

February 22      Friday 2:00pm Tokioka room, Moore 319
Waves of Change: Climate Change Tok Stori A Social Science Perspective on Climate Change in the Pacific Region Melissa Finucane (East-West Center)

February 27      Wednesday 2:30pm Center for Korean Studies Auditorium
LLL Film Series presents Waka Huia–Kahohi Kitea (Aotearoa/New Zealand) 2008 introduced by Te Raukura Roa

February 26      Tuesday 3:00pm location TBD
Sociology Colloquium Adria Imada, Ethnic Studies, UC San Diego

February 28      Thursday 12:00pm Henke Hall 325
Biography Brown Bag “Life Writing and Pacific Island Studies: Student Perspectives” Jesi Lujan Bennett, Ken Gofigan Kuper, Leonard Leon from the Center for Pacific Island Studies

March 1           Friday 5:00pm Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies
Oceania Rising event in honor of Nuclear Survivors Day cosponsored by the Center for Pacific Islands Studies and Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies

March 7           Thursday 12:00pm at John Burns Hall room 3121/3125, EWC
Pacific Connections Seminar Series with Alice Te Punga Somerville

March 14         Thursday 5:00pm Crawford 105
Waves of Change: Climate Change Tok Stori film presentation cosponsored by Center for Pacific Islands Studies, Academy for Creative Media, Pacific Islanders in Communications, and Pan Pacific Association.

March 22         Friday 2:00pm at John Burns Hall room 3121/3125, EWC
Waves of Change: Climate Change Tok Stori Climate Change, Migration, and Education: Perspectives from the Federated States of Micronesia Margarita Cholymay, Jojo Peter, and LJ Rayphand (UHM College of Education)

April 4               Thursday 9am–3pm John Burns Hall room 3121/3125, EWC
Student Conference “Oceania Rises” organized by CPIS graduate students

April 4-6          Thursday–Saturday at EWC and Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies
Conference “Waves of Change: Climate Change in the Pacific Islands and Implications for Hawaiʻi

April 16-20      Tuesday–Saturday UHM various locations
Pacific Islanders in the Arts Showcase including Tamaʻitaʻi Sa theatre production, poetry, films, and other creative presentations organized by Fata Simanu-Klutz and the Department of Indo-Pacific Languages and Literatures.

April 18           Thursday 12:00pm at John Burns Hall room 3015/3019, EWC
Pacific Connections Seminar Series Speaker TBD (from UPF Tahiti), cosponsored by the Center for Pacific Islands Studies, the Pacific Islands Development Program, EWC, and the University of French Polynesia.

April 25-26      Thursday and Friday
Taukaea Māori Symposium

All events are free and open to the public.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Hawaiian Journal of History Launch

The Hawaiian Journal of History will launch Volume 46 on February 7 with a special presentation on the life of the 19th-century Hawaiian scholar, politician and athlete John Henry Wise. The event begins at 7 p.m. at the Kamakauokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies. For more information, click on the flyers above.

Friday, February 1, 2013

UH-Manoa One Search beta

The UH-Manoa Library released a beta edition of "One Search" today. This new search tool allows users to search across a variety of resources using a single search box. While One Search does not by any means search all resources available to UH library users, it is a useful one-stop search tool for searching across the library's Voyager catalog, digital repositories (a.k.a. Scholarspace and eVols), online photo collections, the Trust Territory Archives Index, and a selection of databases and other online resources. One Search is still in the beta phase, and so users should expect some inconsistencies. At the moment, One Search does not search in the Hawaii Pacific Journal Index, though it is hoped that this function will be added soon. Click here for more information and an online tutorial on using One Search.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

The Hawaiian and Pacific Collections in 2013

The Hawaiian and Pacific Collections will be undergoing some transitions in 2013. With the retirement of Hawaiian Collection curator Joan Hori, the following librarians will remain in the department:

Dore Minatodani, senior librarian, Hawaiian Collection

Jodie Mattos, librarian, Hawaiian Collection

Stu Dawrs, senior librarian, Pacific Collection

Eleanor Kleiber, librarian, Pacific Collection

At the time of her retirement, Joan Hori was also serving as department head for the Hawaiian and Pacific Collections. Stu Dawrs will serve as department head for the next two years.

Regarding a replacement for Joan, the department has submitted a proposal for the position, and we are awaiting the hiring and the arrival of a new University Librarian for further action. Due to budget concerns and to preserve the incoming University Librarian's opportunity to allocate resources as he or she thinks best serves the institution, our interim University Librarian is deferring decisions on returning positions to departments and hiring replacements. 

Also in 2013, the Hawaiian and Pacific Collections will be closed for part of the summer, due to an extensive construction project that will affect much of Hamilton Library throughout the spring and summer of this year. We do not have exact dates yet, but we expect that during some part of the summer, the Hawaiian and Pacific Collections will be closed for approximately 6 weeks. During this period we will not have access to our collections. Please see for more information on the construction project. We will also post information specific to our collections on this site as it becomes available.