Happy 125th Birthday to Duke Kahanamoku

Duke Kahanamoku (1890-1968) (image via Wikimedia Commons)

Today we remember Duke Kahanamoku who would have been 125! Hauʻoli lā hānau!  He is being remembered coast to coast — from New YorkWashington D.C. to Los Angeles and all points in between. Here in Hawaiʻi, don’t miss a very special exhibit on Duke Paoa Kahamoku Exhibit at Bishop Museum through November 30th – you will love it!
At the archive, ʻUluʻulu has an audio recording from the eulogy delivered by Duke’s close friend and radio/TV personality Arthur Godfrey at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral calling this great Hawaiian man “the soul of dignity.”  Contact us if you would like to hear it!

Today in History – Aug. 12

On Aug. 12, 1898, the United States flag was hoisted over Hawai‘i in a ceremony at ‘Iolani Palace to formally recognize the annexation of Hawai‘i by the United States. In observance of the centennial of this occasion, the Hawaiian community held a march and vigil at ‘Iolani Palace. The Kūʻē Petitions were on display for public viewing and performances included historical re-enactments and music by Hawaiian rap group Sudden Rush.

We’ve recently digitized raw footage captured by Chris Skapik which documents these centennial events. Contact us to view the full videos!

NEW ‘Ulu‘ulu LibGuide

We’ve got a LibGuide! A LibGuide is a library guide used to share information about any subject, course, or topic. LibGuides are used by the University of Hawai‘i libraries and thousands of other libraries worldwide to curate and share knowledge.

'Ulu'ulu LibGuide

The ‘Ulu‘ulu LibGuide provides an introduction to researching our collections. It explains how to search for content on our website and how to request full-length videos once you’ve found a video you’re interested in. A few of our collections are also highlighted (on the “Collections” tab) with direct links to each and to the complete list of collections for your convenience. We’ve even included answers to some of our frequently asked questions, including important information about copyright and how to cite videos. And, just in case you might need further assistance, our contact information is listed along with a reminder that you can send us a message at any time by clicking the “Ask An Archivist” button located at the bottom of every page on our website.

We’re hoping this guide will assist students and others to get started with researching ‘Ulu‘ulu’s collections. Explore our LibGuide at: http://guides.westoahu.hawaii.edu/uluulu 




A Mile of Shelves

‘Ulu‘ulu is pleased to announce the completion of our vault with its newly installed Spacesaver High Density Eclipse Powered Mobile System.

As Hawai‘i’s official state archive for moving images, our mission is to preserve, protect, and make accessible our state’s moving image heritage that is recorded on the tens of thousands of videotapes and motion picture film reels in our care. Our Spacesaver System is currently the largest powered mobile system in the state of Hawai‘i with over 5,189 linear filing feet, or as we like to call it – a mile of shelves!

Along with the temperature and humidity controlled environment and waterless fire suppression system in our vault, the new shelving ensures that we can fulfill our mission and provide secure, safe and efficient long-term storage of our archival collections.

This major effort was a five-year project that began in 2010 with initial consultation and design, followed by technical specifications and procurement and finally the delivery, installation and staff training in May of 2015.

Chancellor Fist Bumps Janel for job well done

Several people who worked with us on this project deserve special mahalo: ACM System’s fiscal officers; UH West O‘ahu’s Facilities; and especially the entire team at The Systemcenter, Inc. who worked diligently, professionally, and cleanly each day to make sure that not only was the installation completed on time but also two weeks ahead of schedule.

Our Spacesaver System is truly a state-of-the-art campus showcase, beautifully designed and engineered, and we are all extremely proud of it!

Here’s a timelapse video of the ‘Ulu‘ulu vault construction, enjoy!


Reflections from an ʻUluʻulu Intern

During this spring 2015 semester, UHWO Academy for Creative Media student Hugh Fleming was as an intern here at ʻUluʻulu. As the semester has just ended, we’d like to thank Hugh for his hard work and dedication! We’d also like to share with you our blog readers (and potential future interns!) Hugh’s reflections on his experience here… Hugh shares:

Hard to believe that the end of the semester is here. Like others this semester flew by; with that being said there was and still is a lot of work being done behind doors in ‘Ulu‘ulu. I feel that a lot of the UHWO Student body is unaware of ‘Ulu‘ulu and what they are all about.  The Henry Ku‘ualoha Giugni Moving Image Archive of Hawai‘i is not just an Archive it is a place where the staff continues to preserve Hawai‘i history.

I had the opportunity to see first hand how massive the collection of Hawaiian History is in ‘Ulu‘ulu. Equipment such as 16mm cameras to Film Reels, then came the cataloging of specific collections such as KGMB, KITV, OHA, AKANA. I remember looking at footage of the construction of the H1 near NIMITZ Hwy and hearing what I hear today. It is funny how 30 years have passed and we are repeating history. I was able to see footage in which I studied in Hawaiian studies about prior to working with the ‘Ulu‘ulu staff. I enjoyed working with the staff at ‘Ulu‘ulu. Most of all they all taught me how to take care of and preserve the media that is received daily. I was taught and re-learned a lot of the different formats of media; being I grew up with a lot of this media such as 8mm, Super 8mm, large 3/4″ 1/2″ open reel, Hi8, Digital 8mm, Betamax, large & small Betacam, miniDV, LP 12″ the list of media received during the Internship goes on. Just getting down the tape formats was key to cataloging in ‘Ulu‘ulu.


I struck an interest with the Akana collection. Keith Kalanai Akana captured the Ho‘omau Concert. This was the first concert produced in 1996 to support the first Hawaiian language Immersion school on Oahu, Punana Leo o Honolulu. Since then, Hawaiian Language immersion education has grown to include 4 more Punana Leo and 9 Kula Kaiapuni throughout Oahu. The concert continues, just this past February 2015 the Ho’omau Concert was the 32nd year since the establishment of ‘Aha Punana Leo. So just seeing the growth continue is amazing.

I feel that if I never ever went through Hawaiian Studies, and other courses in college I would not appreciate what I have experienced as much as I did this past 5 months in ‘Ulu‘ulu. I would of not known how important the Hawaiian Language is, and what occurred in the early days of Hawaiian people. Let alone to see other footage from the 70′s and 80′s that are still effecting to this very day.

… Yes I would really like to work more in this industry around the archives and preserving media. I just completed a 10 minute short documentary about Ford Island here on Oahu. Some of the footage I used was from the actual day of December 7, 1941.  Being into documentary film making; ‘Ulu‘ulu can be used by anyone as a reference for footage, let alone use it for college course work. ‘Ulu‘ulu is a vital tool, and we all of an opportunity to utilize their resources and their experiences.

For future CM [Creative Media] Students, dive in, pay attention, take your time, don’t get overwhelmed but most of all JUST HAVE FUN. One item of concern go look over the ‘Ulu‘ulu website and pick a specific collection you would like to learn more about.  Maybe this topic came up in Hawaiian studies or other courses that you have taken in the past or will be taking in the future. Look at their website and tell the staff at ‘Ulu‘ulu that you would like to research more of that footage.

For more of Hugh’s internship reflections, check out his tumblr at http://hugh-fleming.tumblr.com/

Our staff would like to thank Hugh for choosing to intern with us and we wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors!

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!