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.




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 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.