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 tohawnpac@hawaii.edu. As we have more specifics, we will also post them on our departmental website ( http://library.manoa.hawaii.edu/departments/hp/ ) and blog ( http://hpcoll.blogspot.com/ ).

For questions specific to the Hawaiian and Pacific Collections, please contact department head Stu Dawrs (dawrs@hawaii.edu). For general information on how the construction project is affecting the library as a whole, please visit http://library.manoa.hawaii.edu/about/air_handler.html

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 biograph@hawaii.edu, 956-3774, or www.facebook.com/CBRHawaii

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 khiggins@hawaii.edu or 956-2658, or the Center for Biographical Research at biograph@hawaii.edu or 956-3774.