Blast from the Past: The Early Voice Recorder

A cool new find from the Sen. Daniel Inouye audio/visual collection!  If you like antiques we have a new addition at ʻUluʻulu – the Gray Audograph.  It was a dictation format introduced in 1945. It recorded sound by pressing grooves into soft vinyl discs.  This early dictaphone is most famous for capturing sounds recorded at the time of the John F. Kennedy assassination that were reviewed by the United States House Select Committee on Assassinations.  This one you see here was used by the Senator in his early political career.  We have a few of these blue discs and hope to retrieve the audio from this “dead media”.  A challenging effort but that’s what we are here for! Is there anyone out there that has one of these machines?

Gray Audograph (circa 1950's) from the Daniel K. Inouye Congressional Collection.

Gray Audograph (circa 1950′s) from the Daniel K. Inouye Congressional Collection.

Kamehameha Song Contest & UHWO Spring Break

Tonight is the 94th annual Kamehameha Schools Song Contest. KGMB will be broadcasting the pre-show starting at 6:30pm, followed by the live broadcast at 7:30pm. For more information visit:

To celebrate the song contest, here is video clip from the Juniroa Collection where Kamehameha students practice for the contest, ca. 1980′s.




UH West Oahu kicks off their Spring Break starting next week Monday. As for the UHWO Library, it will be closed starting this Saturday, March 22 and during spring break from March 24-29. The library will re-open during normal hours on Monday, March 31.


Website Orientation & Aiga o le Pasefika (Family of the Pacific)

This week UHWO’s Music, Sound & Media (MUS/CM 314) class with Prof. Jon Magnussen visited the archive. Janel gave them an orientation on how to search and access our collections, so that students can use footage in our collection for their final project.


Members of UHWO student club Aiga o le Pasefika (Family of the Pacific) toured the archive today.


Our Senior Practicum student Ofa Tauane, who is a member of Aiga o le Pasefika led a tour of the archives and shared her current project work.



Happy 88th Birthday Governor Ariyoshi

Wishing Governor Ariyoshi a very happy 88th birthday today! It is his “beiju” celebration and we honor him today by highlighting footage of his 1978 inauguration as Governor (Gene Kois Collection, 1978.).

Gov. Ariyoshi served under Gov. John Burns from 1970 to 1973. He assumed the role as acting governor when Burns became ill. Ariyoshi served as the third Governor of Hawaii from 1974 to 1986.

Inauguration Day : George Ariyoshi (1978)

Inauguration Day : George Ariyoshi (1978)

To see more of Governor Ariyoshi, visit and search “Ariyoshi” in the ʻUluʻulu search box.

HOUSE OF CARDS – Art Imitates Life

(WARNING: May contain spoilers of House of Cards, Season 2)

My father served as the Sergeant At Arms (SAA) for the United States Senate from 1987 through 1990.  There were many firsts for him during his tenure including being the first Polynesian (person of color) to hold that position.  But before I go any further with this story I should probably describe exactly what an SAA is –

Originally called Office of Doorkeeper, the position was established in 1789 to address the single most pressing problem confronting the Senate  - its inability to keep a majority of members in the Capitol long enough to organize and begin the business of government.

Simply put: they needed a quorum.

Tune in to House of Cards Season 2 Episode 3 and you will see a slice of an actual event that occurred where my father was ordered to bring in Senators from wherever they hid.  In Sen. Packwoodʻs case, it meant nearly breaking down the door of his office.  

Here is a video clip where Packwood, in good spirits explains how he re-injured his arm during his arrest by Giugni:

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(Juniroa Productions Collection, ca. 1988)

By the way, the title of Sergeant at Arms was added in 1798 to reflect the expanded administrative duties of the position.

For more on the episode’s comparison to the real 1988 incident read:‘s online story.


Ken Inouye Visits ʻUluʻulu

Ken Inouye by uluuluarchive
Ken Inouye, a photo by uluuluarchive on Flickr. Former Marginal Man band member:, DC bicycle messenger (before Fax Machines), Person of Influence and son of the late Senator Daniel K. Inouye visits ʻUluʻulu Archive. Mahalo Ken for sharing wonderful stories of your father with us!

E Ola Pono Health and Wellness Fair

UH WEST Oʻahu E Ola Pono Health & Wellness Fair

UH WEST Oʻahu E Ola Pono Health & Wellness Fair

Kealoha at the UH WEST Oʻahu E Ola Pono Health & Wellness Fair

Kealoha at the UH WEST Oʻahu E Ola Pono Health & Wellness Fair

ʻUluʻulu was just one of the many exhibits participating in this year’s Kealaikahiki Native Hawaii Program hosted E Ola Pono Health & Wellness Fair, held today at UH WEST Oʻahu. The event featured free lomi lomi for UHWO students, ʻAi Manuahi demonstrating ʻai poi (healthy eating), Makahiki games, various UHWO student clubs, Ke Ola Mamo Native Hawaiian Healthcare Systems, Hawaiʻi Health Connector and a performance by slam poet, Kealoha.

To find more health related videos on the ʻUluʻulu website, do a keyword search by typing “health” into the search box.

2013 Highlights

Life Is a Drama (1959). Daniel K. Inouye Congressional Collection

Life Is a Drama (1959). Daniel K. Inouye Congressional Collection

As the first month of the New Year comes to a close, the staff at ‘Ulu‘ulu, Hawai‘i’s official state moving image archive, would like to update you on its accomplishments in 2013. It was indeed a fulfilling year!
Read more about our new acquisitions and collections, digital preservation projects, and community outreach efforts here.

Polynesian Voyaging Society and Kamehameha Schools

Uluʻulu working with the Polynesian Voyaging Society and Kamehameha Schools Archive to gather and preserve Hokuleʻa analogue videotapes. Seen here:

Head Archivist Janel Quirante, Laura Thompson and PVS Manager Ramona Ontiveros in front of the Hikianalia which will escort the Hokuleʻa on its sail. Photo by: Heather Giugni.

Head Archivist Janel Quirante, Laura Thompson and PVS Manager Ramona Ontiveros in front of the Hikianalia which will escort the Hokuleʻa on its sail. Photo by: Heather Giugni.

The Worldwide Voyage starts soon! For more information go to

Honoring Nelson Mandela


“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived.  It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead” Nelson Mandela

We want to take a moment and remember the life of Nelson Mandela a remarkable person.  Mandela stood in the face of adversity with love and compassion, and overcame what stood before him.  He was a true leader not only for his people but people around the world working for justice; his legacy lives on through the people.  Here is a picture of Henry Kuʻualoha Giugni with Mandela June 27, 1990 before speaking to a joint session of congress. (picture by Heather Giugni)