Showing posts from 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.

Girmitya Records at 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 …

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 generosit…
Volume 28, no. 2 of The Contemporary Pacificis now available in open-access format at: 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 viaProject Muse (which houses issues from the year 2000 through the present).

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.
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 3, October 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…

Exhibition: From Beneath the Surface

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.

Honolulu Weekly online


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 …