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 http://library.manoa.hawaii.edu/about/air_handler.html for more information on the construction project. We will also post information specific to our collections on this site as it becomes available.