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 (tamara.martinez@librarieshawaii.org) 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.




Archivists Picks: Hawai‘i History Day

We’ve created our first new web theme for 2015! The Hawai‘i History Day theme features local leaders in our collections whose legacies continue to impact Hawai‘i communities. The web theme was inspired by this year’s Hawai‘i History Day theme – “Leadership and Legacy in History.” The aim is to educate students about leadership in Hawai‘i and to get these future leaders thinking about the legacy they will leave behind.

We have footage of many past and present leaders in our collections so it was difficult to select just a handful of individuals to highlight as possible research topics. The leaders we chose to highlight are: Bruddah Iz, Patsy Mink, Nona Beamer, Ben Finney,  Leslie Wilcox, Herb Kane, Les KuloloioEddie Aikau and Charlene Sato.

Click here to view the Hawai‘i History Day theme page.

If there are any other individuals in our collections that you think should be highlighted, please email us at uluulu@hawaii.edu and we will be sure to check and add them.

Hawai‘i History Day is a program of the Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities and an Affiliate of National History Day. We are honored to partner with Hawai‘i History Day and look forward to continuing to assist students with researching our collections for their projects!

Reflections from an ʻUluʻulu Intern

Keahiahi Long, Library & Information Science Intern, Fall 2014

Keahiahi Long, Library & Information Science Intern, Fall 2014

Over this past fall semester, we welcomed Keahiahi Long as an intern here at ʻUluʻulu. Keahiahi’s internship structure was designed in a way that would build on her knowledge of archival practices and introduce her to the various roles of archive staff. She shares some reflections from her final internship report below.

But first, a friendly reminder that INTERNSHIPS ARE AVAILABLE FOR SPRING 2015! ;)

Keahiahi writes… For the Fall 2014 semester, as part of the Internship class at the Library and Information Science Program at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, I completed 150 hours of work at ʻUluʻulu.  There were four objectives that I set out to accomplish during my time at ʻUluʻulu:

  1. Further my experience with digitization workflows and tools
  2. Further my experience with content/digital asset management systems
  3. Understand better the roles of all staff members working at a small archive
  4. Expand my knowledge of Hawaiʻi’s archival materials

To meet Objective #1, I worked with Robbie Omura, the Digitization Technician at ʻUluʻulu.  I spent approximately 30 hours with Robbie throughout the semester, and in that time, Robbie had me help him with a variety of tasks related to ʻUluʻulu’s digital content.  I was even able to clean, prep, and digitize a tape using the SAMMA migration system.

To meet Objective #2, I worked with Koa Luke, the Assistant Archivist / Cataloger.  ʻUluʻulu is using MAVIS (Merged Audio Visual Information System) to catalog all of the archive’s materials and processes.  MAVIS is a proprietary software developed in Australia that allows its users to catalog a multitude of descriptive, structural, and administrative metadata.  The software also allows users to take that data and export / map it into various metadata schema, such as PBCore and METS.  In working with Koa, I was able to create MAVIS records for a few tapes from the ʻUluʻulu collection.

To meet Objective #3, I observed and participated in a variety of functions at ʻUluʻulu.  In addition to Cultural Collections Specialist / Producer Heather Guigni, the archive has four dedicated, full-time staff members, and each of them have clearly defined roles.  My internship was structured so that I spent time with each of those four staff members: Janel Quirante (Head Archivist), Shavonn Matsuda (Assistant Archivist / Reference & Outreach), Robbie, and Koa.  This structure allowed me to participate in the duties and responsibilities of each staff member, while also allowing me to see how each staff member and his or her work contributed to the overall success of the archive.

ʻUluʻulu is the official moving image archive of the State of Hawaiʻi, so to meet Objective #4, I worked with the archive’s materials in a number of different ways.  First, searching through the archive’s content management system allowed me to discover materials, as well as understand their intellectual order.  Second, inspecting and processing incoming materials to the archive allowed me hands-on interaction with the materials, and I was able to learn their formats and conditions.  Third, completing preliminary inventories of collections also allowed me hands-on interaction with the materials, and from that process I was able to learn the titles of the materials and the descriptions of their contents.

There were several valuable aspects to my internship at ʻUluʻulu, and the one that was most impactful for me was learning how to handle and care for audiovisual materials.  At ʻUluʻulu, I was exposed to a wide range of film and tape formats, and I learned so much about their physical make-up.  In regards to their physical condition, one of the things I saw a lot of was deterioration.  Two of my major tasks for this internship were completing the initial inspections of both the Bob Johnson and Naomi Sodetani Collections.  One of the purposes of the initial inspection is to determine whether or not the materials are safe to enter the processing and storage sections of the archive.  If it is deemed that the materials are unsafe, then they are kept in the quarantine room.  Unsafe materials include those that have mold on them.  Here in Hawaiʻi, mold on videotapes and films is common because of our warm temperatures and high humidity.  Mold is detrimental to film and videotapes because mold can eat into the film or tape, causing damage to the object and loss of information/data.  So, here is my public service announcement: if you have personal collections of films or videotapes, DO NOT KEEP THEM IN A BOX IN THE GARAGE!  You need to store them in an area that is cool, dry, and with little fluctuation in temperature or humidity.

In summary, my experience at ʻUluʻulu was absolutely wonderful.  The staff are so welcoming, knowledgeable, and competent, and the collection is unique and priceless.  I feel so fortunate that I was able to spend the last several months at ʻUluʻulu, and I hope to continue my learning of Hawaiʻi’s moving image history.

2014 Highlights

newsletter_pic2As 2014 comes to a close, our staff at ʻUluʻulu would like to wish you all a Happy Holiday Season and share some of our accomplishments from the past year! We would also like to express our thanks to each and every one of you for your help, contribution, guidance and support. You have made the difference!

Read more about our new collections, digital preservation projects, community outreach and other highlights from 2014 here.

Happy Holidays from ʻUluʻulu!

Happy Holidays from ʻUluʻulu!

“That’s a wrap” HIFF 2014

Congratulations to all filmmakers whose films were featured at HIFF and to the HIFF team for organizing another great festival! Our staff would like to send a special mahalo to all of you who joined us for the screening of ‘Iolani Palace restoration films!

This year’s screenings of ‘Iolani Palace: Hawaii’s Past Today and ‘Iolani Palace Restoration was very well attended. After a quick introduction to ‘Ulu‘ulu and to the films by Heather Giugni, our Cultural Collections Specialist, the lights dimmed and the audience enjoyed the films. It was the first time these films had been viewed in some 30 years!

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After the screening, Heather Giugni moderated a panel discussion which featured Mike May of Mike May Media Services, Janel Quirante from ‘Ulu‘ulu, and Heather Diamond from ‘Iolani Palace.

Mike got things started by talking about his experiences watching the restoration of the Palace; he also spoke about his own experiences filming another documentary on the restoration. Janel then explained the work ‘Ulu‘ulu had done to preserve the films and to get them digitized for the big screen. She shared that both films had recently been restored along with 47 others (including raw footage) that were donated to ‘Ulu‘ulu by the Friends of ‘Iolani Palace. Heather Diamond followed Janel and expressed her excitement about the digitized films. She told us about how the Friends came to the decision to donate the films and then let us in on how they are planning to use the footage for new Palace exhibits. Heather also discussed the history of the restoration and how the restoration itself might have played a large role in the Palace’s significance for the people of Hawai‘i today.

Our awesome panelists

Our awesome panelists (left to right): Heather Diamond, Janel Quirante, Mike May

The audience, which included members of the Friends of ‘Iolani Palace and Palace docents, raised a lot of great questions for the panelists. One of the things they wanted to know more about was the ongoing effort to restore furniture and other artifacts. They also talked about their own experiences with watching the restoration – one woman shared about how she assisted in fundraising for the restoration – and even expressed interest in purchasing these films should they become available.

Overall, the screening was a success! For those of you who joined us, we hope you enjoyed the films and learned some new things about the Palace – its history and its significance. And, we hope to see you again next year!

View more photos of the screening on Flickr:  https://flic.kr/s/aHsk5wELt3

ACM & Shanghai University Night @ HIFF 2014

Wow! Hope you all are enjoying HIFF as much as we are… between our staff, we’ve seen several films already and we can’t get enough!

Tonight is the ACM & Shanghai University Night, 6pm at Dole Cannery. Being that our archive is a part of ACM, we of course want to encourage you to support our students and to attend tonight’s screenings. There’s really a great list of over 10 short films being premiered, don’t miss it.

Five of these films have been nominated for the Best Student Film award sponsored by the Sunny Dupree Family Foundation:

The Official Nominees for Best Student Film at HIFF 2014.
Image by EuroCinema Hawai’i.

The winning filmmaker and his/her respective school film program will both receive $1,000 each. The UH Manoa ACM Program will also award a production scholarship of $3,000 courtesy of the foundation. Congratulations & best of luck to all the nominees!

For a complete list of films being shown at the event, visit the HIFF website.

For more information on past award nominees, visit the EuroCinema Hawai’i website at http://www.eurocinemahawaii.org.