Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Construction notice

Beginning Monday night, November 13, the Hawaiian & Pacific Collections reading room will be part of a construction project that will replace a section of the exterior windows on the third, fourth and fifth floors of Hamilton Library. This project, which is anticipated to be completed in March 2018, will require the construction of a floor-to-ceiling barrier-wall in our reading room -- the majority of actual construction work will be occurring during hours when the Hawaiian and Pacific Collections are already normally closed, and we do not anticipate any closures or additional construction noise during our standard hours of operation (which are currently 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and the 1st Sunday of each month, from 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.). Barring any unforeseen circumstances, our reading room will remain open throughout the project, and all normal services will be available. Our reading room hours can be found here.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Girmitya Records at the National Archives of Fiji

THE HAWAIIAN & PACIFIC COLLECTIONS, THE UH-MANOA CENTER FOR PACIFIC ISLANDS STUDIES AND THE UH-MANOA CENTER FOR SOUTH ASIAN STUDIES PRESENT:

Opeta Alefaio
Director of the National Archives of Fiji
Girmitya Records at the National Archives of Fiji

As part of the Hawaiian & Pacific Collections Occasional Lecture Series, Mr. Opeta Alefaio, Director of the National Archives of Fiji, will discuss histories of migration and diaspora that can be discovered through records held in his institution. These multi-strand histories in turn tell a larger, ongoing story about the evolving Pacific.


When: Friday, October 20, 2017. 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Where: UH-Manoa Hamilton Library Room 301


About the presenter:
A Pacific islander of Tuvaluan (Nukufetau & Vaitupu) and Fijian (Rewa & Cakaudrove) descent, Opeta Alefaio read History, Politics, and Journalism at the University of the South Pacific, before spending two years at Monash University in Melbourne, from which he holds a Masters Degree in Business Information Systems. While at Monash, he was also the joint recipient of the 2011 Australian Society of Archivists Margaret Jennings Award. After eight years in the private sector and a brief stint at Fiji’s Ministry of Information, Opeta joined the National Archives of Fiji, where he has spent the last fourteen years. Opeta is currently President of the Pacific Regional Branch of the International Council on Archives, and is an Executive Board member of the International Council on Archives.

For more information, email hawnpac@hawaii.edu or call 956-2847

Friday, September 29, 2017

Hawaiian & Pacific Collections Honored with New Endowment

On the evening of Tuesday, Sept. 26, a signing ceremony for the newly established "Hawaiian and Pacific Collections Endowment in Honor of Its Faculty and Staff" was held in the Hawaiian and Pacific Collections reading room. The endowment was funded by Professor Emeritus Albert J. Schütz (pictured at right), whose relationship with the Library dates back to the time of Janet Bell (the Hawaiian Collection's first curator), Renée Heyum (the Pacific Collection's first curator) and Mary Muraoka (an early staff member), and continues until today. Prof. Schütz is the widely renowned linguist who has authored foundational scholarly texts on the Fijian and Hawaiian languages, as well as popular and well-known trade publications such as Say it in Fijian: An Entertaining Introduction to the Standard Language of Fiji and All About Hawaiian. The librarians and staff of the Hawaiian and Pacific Collections extend their gratitude first and foremost to Prof. Schütz for his generosity and thoughtfulness, and also to the Library's development officer SaraLyn Smith of UH Foundation for her work on their behalf. The signing ceremony was followed by a reception hosted by Interim University Librarian Monica Ghosh and the Library Administration.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Volume 28, no. 2 of The Contemporary Pacific is now available in open-access format at: https://scholarspace.manoa.hawaii.edu/handle/10125/2828 The Contemporary Pacific, which is co-published by the UH-Manoa Center for Pacific Islands Studies and the University of Hawai'i Press, is the world's foremost journal of interdisciplinary scholarship relating to Oceania. Back issues, from Volume 1. number 1 (1989) through one year prior to the present are freely available via Scholarspace, the UH-M Library's digital repository. Current issues are available to UH-M students, faculty and staff via Project Muse (which houses issues from the year 2000 through the present).

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Changes to Hawaiian and Pacific Collections Hours

The UH-Manoa Library Administration recently released the below announcement, regarding changes in hours to the Hawaiian and Pacific Collections. 

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The UH Library is instituting three changes to the hours for the Hawaiian and Pacific Collections (HP) at Hamilton Library.
  • From August 14-17, 2017, during the "interim week" between the end ofsummer session and the beginning of the fall semester, HP will be open
    half days from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • During the fall semester, August 21 to December 15, 2017, Sunday hourswill be limited to the first Sunday of the month from 1 to 5 p.m. Thedates of these Sundays are September 3October 1, November 5 and December3.
  • From December 18, 2017, to January 5, 2018, during winter break, HP willbe open half days from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Otherwise, HP hours remain the same this fall: Mondays to Fridays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Updates to our reading room hours will be posted on the Library's website as well as on the Hawaiian and Pacific Collections blog as they become available. If you would like to receive email updates, please write to hawnpac@hawaii.edu.

Thank you,
Library Administration

Monday, June 26, 2017

Exhibition: From Beneath the Surface

Maria Ahsing
Ka Wahine 'o Kaiona
woodcut print
The Hawaiian and Pacific Collections are currently hosting "From Beneath the Surface: Recent Prints Concerning Hawai'i." The seventeen prints in this exhibition were created during the 2016-2017 academic year by students working in the printmaking studio in the Department of Art and Art History at UH-Manoa. The artwork is the result of students' participation in projects that addressed a collective concern for current issues surrounding cultural, political and environmental conditions in Hawai'i. 
"From Beneath the Surface" will be on exhibit in the Hawaiian and Pacific Collections reading room throughout the summer, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Special thanks to Professor Charles Cohan for coordinating the production and installation of this exhibit.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Honolulu Weekly online



The Hawaiian Collection is pleased to announce that the full run of the Honolulu Weekly is now available online at: https://evols.library.manoa.hawaii.edu/handle/10524/55438

The Honolulu Weekly was published between 1991-2013. For many in Honolulu during these years, especially prior to the advent of the Internet, the Weekly was a welcome alternative to the Honolulu dailies, offering a fresh take on Honolulu's music and culture scene, and focusing on astutely selected issues of the day. The paper’s weekly publication cycle and long-format cover stories often allowed writers to explore topics at a depth the daily newspapers were unable to, while also encouraging writers to go beyond simple reporting and into a more nuanced analysis. While the paper’s embrace of “advocacy journalism” often lead to accusations of bias, it’s editorial staff made no pretense at hiding that bias, and also made a point of publishing work that at times ran counter to its own ethos. In later years, the paper’s editorial staff also made a point each week to publish a majority of letters critical to the paper’s own content, making the Letters page an entertaining and informative forum of its own.

This digitization project has been a long time in the making, almost 4 years exactly. We thank the following people for their help and persistence:

Laurie Carlson, Publisher, Honolulu Weekly, for permission to digitize and post online, and for bringing the Honolulu Weekly into being. Martha Chantiny, retired Department Head, Desktop Network Services (DNS), and DNS staff Kathleen Luschek and Daniel Ishimitsu, for doing the heavy lifting of getting this QC-ed, OCR-ed, and uploaded to eVols, the Library’s digital repository. Amy Carlson, Collection Services Division Head, Hamilton Library; and Lyn Nagoshi, Nora Goya and Wendy Wong in Hamilton Library’s Fiscal Office.









Thursday, February 9, 2017

Cultural Diplomacy in the Marshall Islands


In late January 2017 digital and print copies of several genealogies from the Jack Tobin Papers were given to the Council of Iroij (Council of High Chiefs) of the Marshall Islands. The previously-made agreement relating to access was reconfirmed, this time by the entire Council. As part of the agreement the Pacific Collection created print copies for the Library at the College of the Marshall Islands, for the Historic Preservation Office, for the Alele (National Library, Archives and Museum), and for the Council. This is the conclusion of several years of work between the UHM Pacific Collection and Wilbert Alik, the head of the Department of Marshallese Studies at the College of the Marshall Islands.

The originals of these genealogies were donated to the University of Hawai'i-Manoa Library by Dr. Tobin in increments over several years, and will be permanently archived by the Pacific Collection. Dr. Tobin first went to the Marshall Islands in 1950 as a student of Dr. Len Mason, to work on the Pacific Science Board's Coral Atoll Project (CAP). Later in 1950, Tobin was hired as an anthropological field consultant by the Civil Administration Unit of Naval Operations. During the Trust Territory Administration era, he served as the sole district anthropologist for the Marshall Islands, a position he held through 1957. Between 1967 and 1975, he served as community development adviser to the Marshall Islands. (More on Dr. Tobin's life and work can be found here. To view an online collection of photographs from Dr. Tobin's time in the Marshalls, click here.)

Dr. Tobin worked on collecting and editing the genealogies throughout the decades he spent in the Marshall Islands, and remained closely connected to the islands even after he had retired and relocated to Honolulu. Many thanks to Seth Irwin, Ellie Seaton, Allyson Ota, and Kealiʻi MacKenzie who all worked at various times to ensure these sacred objects were preserved, digitized and copied. Thanks to Ruth Abbott and Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner for transporting the copies from Hawaiʻi to the Marshall Islands.