Mauna Kea Film Showings


As you have undoubtedly noticed, Mauna Kea has been heavily covered in the media lately as the site of the proposed Thirty-Meter Telescope (TMT). In an effort to educate the UH West Oʻahu campus and community, we co-hosted two film screenings and invited speakers from both sides of the issue to engage in dialogue after each showing. The showings were held a few weeks ago now but since Mauna Kea remains in the news and a topic of discussion we thought we’d share a recap of the events held here at UHWO.


The first showing was of “First Light,” a documentary film produced by PBS Hawaii. Following the showing, Dr. Gunther Hasinger (Director of the UH Institute of Astronomy) and Dr. Paul Coleman (a Specialist at the Institute) participated in a panel discussion moderated by UHWO Professor Dr. Dan Boylan. About 40 people attended the showing and panel. After presenting general information about the proposed TMT and the thirteen working telescopes already on the mountain, the presenters invited those in attendance to ask questions of their own. Some wanted clarification as to why Mauna Kea was selected and questioned how the Institute and TMT planned to move forward considering the growing movement in Hawai’i and across the globe to protect the mountain. The discussion led us to ponder whether or not a compromise exists.


UH Institute of Astronomy representatives participating in a panel after the showing

The second showing was of “Mauna Kea: Temple Under Siege.” Produced and directed by Nā Maka o ka ʻĀina (click here to see archival footage from Nā Maka o ka ʻĀina), the film “paints a portrait of a mountain that has become a symbol of the Hawaiian struggle for physical, cultural and political survival.” After the showing, Dr. Noelani Goodyear-Kaʻōpua (UHM Political Science), ʻIlima Long (MANA), and Bianca Isaki (KAHEA: The Hawaiian Environmental Alliance) each shared presentations as part of an Aloha ʻĀina panel moderated by Tiana Hendersen (UHWO Piko Project). From the film and these presentations, the 130+ students and community members in attendance learned about the cultural, political and legal arguments being raised to protect Mauna Kea.

Mauna Kea Film Showings - Aloha Aina Panel

Ilima Long presenting as part of Aloha Aina panel after the showing of Mauna Kea: Temple Under Seige

It is our hope that all attendees left with a better understanding of the history of Mauna Kea and the ongoing controversy surrounding the TMT. This was the first event of what we hope will become a Mālama ʻĀina Series focused on environmental and cultural issues in Hawaiʻi and the Pacific.

We here at ʻUluʻulu would like to mahalo all who attended and also send a special mahalo to our guest speakers and event co-sponsors – the UHWO Library, Political Science Program, Hawaiian-Pacific Studies Program, PIKO Project and Kealaikahiki.

Earth Day Showing on Climate Change


We celebrated Earth Day by hosting a screening of episode 1 of the Showtime series “Years of Living Dangerously.” About 20 students joined us for the showing and participated in a lively discussion about climate change. Students shared their perspectives on the drivers of climate change not only in terms of the science of global warming but also in regard to political and social agents. In addition, they discussed the possible local effects on Hawai‘i and the Pacific and how we could make personal and widespread changes in order to slow or counteract climate change.


The screening was organized in collaboration with UHWO biology professor Dr. Kimberly Carl who also moderated the after showing discussion. We hope to continue to partner with our awesome UHWO faculty to host screenings on campus.

If you’re interested in partnering with ‘Ulu’ulu to host a screening at UH or in your community, please don’t hesitate to contact us!

March at ‘Ulu‘ulu

Wow, March was an eventful month at ‘Ulu‘ulu! Many students, filmmakers, and others from the community came to visit us for our March events, some also dropped by for tours. We were especially happy to welcome the family of Henry Ku’ualoha Giugni (our namesake) earlier in the month!

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In addition to hosting visitors to the archive, we hosted and/or participated in quite a few events over the past month, including:

Interisland Terminal’s Nerd Spring Break, which featured documentary films to keep our brains in gear during the break. Our staff edited archival footage from Videololo, Joan Lander, Victoria Keith and the UH Manoa Student Video and Filmmakers Association into a program called “From ‘Ulu‘ulu’s Vault : Development, Transportation & Time Capsules.” Event attendees enjoyed the showing and entered an interactive Q&A with Head Archivist Janel Quirante.

Celebrating Hōkūleʻa, a series of talk story events and a pā‘ina celebration at UH West Oʻahu honoring the 40th anniversary of Hōkūleʻa’s first launch. About 50-60 faculty, students, and community members joined us each day to learn about Hōkūleʻa’s legacy and the current Mālama Honua WorldWide Voyage. Mahalo to our guest speakers: Keoni Lee (Oiwi TV);  Hōkūleʻa crewmembers Kaina Holomalia, Austin Kino, Darienne Dey & Tamiko Fernelius; Elisa Yadao & Cliff Watson. View more photos on our flickr

Oki ka piko, the blessing of UH West Oʻahu’s new Hale Hālāwai.

Roselani Media Preservation Internship, we were excited to receive applications from students in and beyond Hawaiʻi who are interested in interning here at ‘Ulu‘ulu this summer. We’re currently in the selection process… wish we could choose more than one!

Mahalo to all who visited with us in March! Looking forward to what April has in store for ʻUluʻulu! As a reminder, our collections will be closed April 1 – June 30, 2015 while our vault undergoes a much-needed mobile shelving installation. Our catalog and digitized collection items will remain open and accessible during this time. Feel free to contact us with any questions.


Meet and Greet with UHWO Leadership Team

meet and greet uhwo vice chancellors

What better way to celebrate Women’s History Month than to welcome three women leaders to our UH West O’ahu campus?! ‘Ulu’ulu staff got a chance to listen to UHWO’s Interim Vice Chancellors – Doris Ching (VC for Academic Affairs), Judy Oliveira (VC for Student Affairs) and Kathy Wong-Nakamura (VC for Administration) – during a “Meet and Greet.” All three women shared about the journeys that led them to this position and talked about their insights on how to best support (and expand) the UHWO campus community. The importance of COLLABORATION was highlighted throughout each of their presentations!

Welcome UHWO Vice Chancellors, we look forward to working with and learning from each of you!

Celebrating Hōkūleʻa at ʻUluʻulu-UH West Oʻahu, March 16-19

Today marks the 40th anniversary of Hōkūleʻa’s first launch! Hōkūleʻa helped Hawai’i to embark on a journey of cultural awakening – not just for our voyaging traditions but for our native language and for the many cultural practices that continue to be perpetuated today.

Designed by artist Herb Kawainui Kane and built by the Polynesian Voyaging Society (PVS), the double-hull canoe was built to replicate a traditional Polynesian voyaging canoe. Hōkūleʻa’s first launch took place at Kualoa, Oʻahu on March 8, 1975. About a year later, Hōkūleʻa departed Maui for Tahiti on a historic voyage that successfully demonstrated traditional navigation techniques and proved that Polynesians purposefully voyaged long-distances (and did not accidentally settle the Pacific).

Highlights from The Return of the Hokuleʻa (1976), HKG Pilot Project Collection

Highlights from The Return of the Hokuleʻa (1976), HKG Pilot Project Collection

With each of the voyages since 1976, Hōkūleʻa continues to inspire people throughout the Pacific and around the world (see our Hōkūleʻa theme page for historic footage of past voyages and crew members). She and her crew are currently on a voyage around the world with a mission of Mālama Honua (caring for our island earth).

To celebrate Hōkūleʻa’s 40 years of accomplishments and to promote the mission of the Mālama Honua World Wide Voyage, ʻUluʻulu will be hosting a talk story series and a pā‘ina celebration at UH West Oʻahu March 16-19. All events are open to the public, we hope you will be able to join us!

Celebrating Hōkūleʻa Event FlierClick here to view event flier (pdf)

Schedule of Events:

Monday, March 16
Talk Story with Keoni Lee, Ōiwi TV
11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., ‘Ulu ‘ulu, UHWO Library 1st floor

Keoni Lee, co-founder of ‘Ōiwi TV and a crew member of the Hōkūleʻa Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage, will discuss the voyage and ‘Ōiwi TV’s efforts to document the journey using video, social media and other technologies. He will also discuss the importance of sharing Hōkūleʻa’s story with Hawai‘i and the world.

Tuesday, March 17
Celebrating Hōkūle‘a at UHWO
 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., UHWO Courtyard

All are invited to a pā‘ina celebration of Hōkūleʻa and her 40 years of accomplishments. Come learn about Polynesian voyaging and the many ways Hōkūleʻa has inspired people around the world. Enjoy music and light refreshments.

Wednesday, March 18
Talk Story with Hōkūleʻa crew members
 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., ‘Ulu ‘ulu, UHWO Library 1st floor

Polynesian Voyaging Society crew members will share their experiences aboard the voyaging canoe and discuss the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage and its message.

Thursday, March 19
Talk Story with Elisa Yadao and Cliff Watson
2 p.m.-3:30 p.m., ‘Ulu ‘ulu, UHWO Library 1st floor

Former television reporter Elisa Yadao and experienced camera man Cliff Watson will share their experiences documenting Hōkūleʻa’s early voyages. Both Elisa and Cliff traveled to Tahiti to record Hōkūleʻa’s arrival during the Voyage of Rediscovery (1985-87) and also covered her journey to the Cook Islands and to New Zealand as well as the nearly month long 2,800 mile sail back to Hawai‘i.

Speaker bios:

Keoni Lee is the Co-Founder of ‘Ōiwi TV, the first Native Hawaiian owned and operated television station. Founded in 2009, ʻŌiwi TV is a social enterprise that aims to create meaningful impact for Native Hawaiians and Hawaiʻi by re-establishing the Hawaiian language and worldview in daily life through media. Keoni’s focus at ʻŌiwi TV has been on digital convergence and leveraging new technologies to create a new model for community-based media in the digital age.

Polynesian Voyaging Society (PVS) seeks to perpetuate the art and science of traditional Polynesian voyaging and the spirit of exploration through experiential educational programs that inspire students and their communities to respect and care for themselves and each other, and their natural and cultural environments. Established in 1973, PVS’s first project was to construct a replica of an ancient voyaging canoe – on March 8, 1975 Hōkūleʻa was built.

Cliff Watson was the videographer on the voyage of Hōkūleʻa from 1985 to 1987. He has more than 30 years experience as both a still photographer and a broadcast cameraman and has worked for local and national news organizations, PBS Hawaii and on independent documentaries. In 1989 he launched his own video production company CDW Productions.  Today he works at UH System Media Production.

Elisa Yadao began her career at KGMB News where she reported on Hōkūleʻa’s journey of rediscovery. She and cameraman Cliff Watson sailed with the crew from Hawai‘i to Tahiti in 1985. Today, Elisa is senior vice president of HMSA’s Consumer Experience division.  Her past experience included the position of chief information officer for the City and County of Honolulu’s rail transit system, a private communications consultant, executive director of the Polynesian Voyaging Society, managing editor of KHNL news and a television reporter for KGMB TV News.

For more information about these events or how your organization might participate, please contact Shavonn Matsuda at or (808)689-2740.

Find out about additional Hōkūleʻa 40th anniversary events on the PVS website:

Our visit with Kahuku

On January 24th, Shavonn and Koa participated in the first installment of the Kahuku Public and School Library’s Hawaiian Digital Resource Series. We shared about the work that we do in the archive and showed samples of the treasures we come across every day.

Tamara Martinez, a librarian at the library, had the idea for the series when she was helping a patron do land research.  She wanted to showcase the many digital resources that we have available to our communities – resources that are free and accessible remotely.

At our visit to the library, we held two information sessions and we were happy to see that both were well attended by students, kupuna, and other Kahuku community members. During the sessions, we had fun watching the reactions of the crowd as they enjoyed various clips highlighting the different types of content we care for at the archive. Their reactions were mostly just amazement at seeing the moving images but we could also hear them commenting to each other every now and then as they recalled the familiar faces and places shown in the videos.

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Those in attendance helped it to be lively sessions! They had lots of great questions about preservation and about how they can access and use ‘Ulu‘ulu’s collections for curriculum and for their families. Overall, it was a great opportunity to share what we do and the treasures we collect and make accessible here at the archive. Mahalo Kahuku! 

We deeply appreciate opportunities like this to get the word out about ‘Ulu‘ulu. If you’d like to have us do an information session to share about  ‘Ulu‘ulu in your community, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

For those interested, the next installments of the Hawaiian Digital Resource Series in Kahuku will feature:

  • March 3 – Papakilo Database and Kīpuka
  • March 24 – Ulukau: the Hawaiian Electronic Library

Contact Tamara Martinez ( or call the library at 293-8935 for more information about the series.

Happy Chinese New Year!

Gong Xi Fa Cai (Mandarin)! Gong Hey Fat Choy (Cantonese)!

To celebrate, here’s archival footage of Chinese New Year festivities in 1969! Fireworks, dragon dancing, music and food to start the lunar new year…

Click here to view the clip

Chinese New Year Celebration (Lyman Museum and Mission House, HKG Pilot Project Collection)

Chinese New Year Celebration (Lyman Museum and Mission House, HKG Pilot Project Collection)

Chinese New Year Celebration (Lyman Museum and Mission House, HKG Pilot Project Collection)

Chinese New Year Celebration (Lyman Museum and Mission House, HKG Pilot Project Collection)

Contact us if you’re interested in viewing the full-length footage of “Chinese New Year Celebration” and we’ll send you a link to watch the streaming video.

Announcing the 2015 Roselani Media Preservation Internship at ‘Ulu‘ulu

‘Ulu‘ulu is pleased to announce a new internship opportunity for Summer 2015! Applications are now being accepted for the Roselani Media Preservation Internship. The student selected as the 2015 Roselani Intern must be committed to the preservation of our media history and enrolled in a moving image or archival academic program.

The intern will receive a $3,000 stipend and the opportunity to acquire practical experience in a moving image archive during this 6-8 week internship.

Application deadline is March 15, 2015

Application Form and Instructions may be downloaded here.

First Friday Film Facts – The Frame Rate

“Frame rate is the engine behind the cinematic lie, the magic trick that allows us to enter a world that’s not quite real but real enough. A simple defining number shaped by psychology, economics, clever engineering, all in service to the act of telling stories.” – John P. Hess

Those of you who are filmmakers are undoubtedly familiar with frame rate and might even be familiar with its history, but just in case here’s a refresher for ya. And, for those of you a little less familiar with frame rate and wondering how Thomas Edison, bandwidth, and The Hobbit might relate to “frame rate,” aaaand why 29.97 is ‘Ulu‘ulu’s Media Specialist Robbie Omura’s lucky number, let’s take a look…

(friendly) warning: there will be some math involved


Welcome Hugh Fleming – Spring ACM Intern

Hugh Fleming, Spring 2015 Intern

Hugh Fleming, Spring 2015 Intern

There’s a new intern at `Ulu`ulu this semester, Hugh Fleming! Hugh is a sixteen year resident of O`ahu. After retiring from the U.S. Navy in 2007 and working various contract positions in the “IT Field”, Hugh decided to set his sights on pursuing his life long dream working in the TV and Film Industry. At the age of 45, Hugh entered college for the first time. In 2013, Hugh successfully obtained is Associates of Science Degree from Leeward Community College in their Television Production (TVPRO) Program. Hugh has worked and volunteered for a variety of local TV and Film organizations, including “Da Crew” FRE LLC, 1013 Productions, and `Olelo. He is currently pursuing his B.A in Creative Media program at the University of Hawai`i at West O`ahu and hopes to work in film industry.

Hugh is enjoying his time at `Ulu`ulu because he enjoys learning more about the history of Hawai`i and it’s people. His time spent here at `Ulu`ulu will allow Hugh to gain this knowledge and also gain archival experience in a moving image archive. When he’s not here at `Ulu`ulu, Hugh teaches ZUMBA, and is a Freelance Photographer, taking pictures of local Events, Weddings, and portraits.