Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Exhibit on "Pidgin: How was, how stay" opens on Saturday, May 7

Contact: Christina M. Higgins, (808) 956-2785 Associate Professor, Second Language Studies

The public is invited to celebrate the opening of a new exhibit on Pidgin, the creole language of Hawai‘i, on Saturday, May 7 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. at the Hawai‘i Plantation Village Museum located at 94-695 Waipahu Street in Waipahu.
The exhibit, titled “Pidgin: How was, how stay” will feature an illustrated timeline that connects history and the development of Pidgin English and Hawai'i Creole, audiovisual samples of plantation era and contemporary Pidgin, and a display on the ways Pidgin is used in today's Hawai'i.
The opening day event will include an introduction by Dr. John Rosa, assistant professor of history at UH Mānoa, tours of the exhibit, screenings of documentary films on Pidgin, fun activities about Pidgin, and local grinds. Try come!
The free event is sponsored by the Charlene J. Sato Center for Pidgin, Creole and Dialect Studies at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and the Hawai'i Council for the Humanities. The Charlene J. Sato Center for Pidgin, Creole and Dialect Studies was established in January 2002 and its aim is to conduct research on pidgin and creole languages as well as nonstandard dialects, with a focus on research that can benefit speakers of such varieties.
For more information, please contact Associate Professor Christina Higgins at

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The History Workshop presents De-Centering the Nation State: Historical Methodology within a Pacific Geography

Aloha! Please join us for the latest History Workshop on Friday, May 6th, 2011 2:30-4:00pm, in the History Department Library, Sakamaki Hall A201.

Moderator: Noelani Arista, Assistant Professor of History

Presenters include:
Erin Cozens, PhD Candidate, History, UH Mānoa
Lauren Hirshberg, PhD Candidate, History, University of Michigan
Monica LaBriola, PhD Candidate, History, UH Mānoa
James Viernes, PhD Candidate, History, UH Mānoa

Monday, April 25, 2011

Dr. Richard Rath presents "Media Revolutions Past and Present" - Wednesday, April 27th

Please join us for Dr. Rath's talk on Wednesday, April 27th from 12pm-1:20pm in Burns Hall, Room 218.

This event is sponsored by the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and the East West Center Internation Cultural Studies Program.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Racism & the Prison State: The Legacy of Slavery and Colonialism in the Rise of Mass Incarceration in the U.S. and Hawai‘i

When: Thursday, April 21, Noon

Where: Sakamaki A-201

Please join us for a panel discussion on racism and mass imprisonment in Hawai‘i and on the continent featuring our own RaeDeen Karasuda, Ellen Barry, a prominent criminal justice advocate and MacArthur fellow from the Bay Area, and Kat Brady, Hawai‘i’s indefatigable prisoner rights champion.

Sponsored by Sociology and American Studies and hosted by History

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

World War II in the Pacific: Exploring Hawai‘i and Pacific Island Perspectives Using Primary Sources

Pacific Historic Parks, Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities, and the National Park Service.
Date: July 11-15, 2011
Place: Tokai University, Honolulu and various WWII historic sites on O‘ahu
Cost: Free and open to all K-12 public and private school teachers in Hawai‘i, with travel support and accommodations provided to neighbor island teachers
This five-day institute will enable teachers—via tours, panel presentations, and hands-on discussion sessions—to explore the causes and effects of the Pacific War by examining three types of primary historical sources: 1) historic sites; 2) oral histories; and 3) documents, photographs, and artifacts.
For more information, see:

Monday, April 11, 2011

Graduate Research Symposium, May 6th

The final meeting of this year's History Workshop, "De-Centering the Nation-State: Historical Methodology within a Pacific Geography," will be a Graduate Research Symposium, moderated by Professor Noelani Arista. There will be presentations by Erin Cozens, Monica LaBriola, and James Viernes from UHM, and a presentation by Lauren Hirshberg from University of Michigan. The symposium will begin at 2:30 pm on May 6th in the History Department Library (Sakamaki A201), followed by a small reception hosted by the History Department in the Lounge.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Papakilo Database - a new tool for historians and students in Hawaiian History

Aloha mai käkou a pau,

I am writing to notify the students and faculty of the UH Mänoa Department of History of the debut of the Papakilo Database, which will hopefully be an invaluable tool to historians and to students in Hawaiian History or in a related field or who do research on topics in Hawai‘i.  Completely free to the public, the database “an ongoing development of a comprehensive ‘Database of databases’ consisting of varied collections pertaining to significant places, events, and documents in Hawai‘i’s history.”
The database has been in development since 2007 and incorporates more than 225,000 records from dissimilar databases, including Mähele records, 45 Hawaiian language newspapers, records from the State Inventory of Historic Sites and State Historic Preservation Department Reports (SHPD) up to 2006. The Database reflects OHA’s partnership with many organizations that serve as repositories of important historical and cultural information, much of which has never been available publicly online.  It is hoped the Database will enhance research capabilities, quality and ease while minimizing time and financial costs to researchers.  For example, a search for the term “Waimea” will bring search results that are diverse in scope, and may include mele, historic photographs, nüpepa articles, GIS maps, archaeological and environmental surveys, and other information that is important for a variety of research applications and contexts.
The following brief list (including database integration dates and partners) reflects other records which have been or will be integrated into the Papakilo Database.
 ·        Ali‘i Probate Records (Fall 2011: partner Hawai‘i State Archives) Leiohoku, Kamehameha IV, V, Lunalilo, Pauahi Bishop
·         Environmental Assessments/ Impact Statements, 1970s and 1980s
·         Greater Register of Voters 1887-1888 (Hawai‘i State Archives)
·         Hawai‘i Archaeological Survey Database (2012: Bishop Museum) Museum Archaeology Index, manusc-ripts database, map collection, photo inventory, Artifact databases
·         Hawai‘i Genealogical Indexes (Ulukau) include Marriage records, Court records, Probate Wills, Citizenship
·         Hawaiian Footprint Project (Fall 2012: Nature Conservancy) GIS maps and files
·         Hawaiian Newspapers (Awaiaulu and Ho‘olaupa‘i)
·         Hawaiian Place Names (Ulukau) Compiled from Records of the Boundary Commission and Board of Commissioners to Quiet Land Titles
·         Land Indexes (Fall 2011, Kumupono Associates) entire collection of Mähele (including registration and testimony) indexed; previous indexes were only based on awards, which left 50% of total record of native tenant residency and land use unrecognized
·         Names Indexes (Hawai‘i State Archives)
·         State Inventory of Historic Places
·         State Historic Preservation Department Index of Reports
·         Various Digitized reports and maps compiled by OHA
·         Vital Statistics (Fall 2011, Hawai‘i State Archives)
·         World War I Service Records (Fall 2011, Hawai‘i State Archives)

Please check it out and help us spread the word… we hope this resource will foster historical and cultural research in Hawai‘i!

The Papakilo Database can be accessed online at:
For questions, email: