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The last several months have been a whirlwind for us all. While the world learns to deal with the concept of “social distancing” we hope that everyone is able to find some bright spots in their abundance of “me time.” The ‘Ulu’ulu staff is largely working from home, at the moment, but there are still parts of our collection that you can access without contacting us directly. For example, if you haven’t gotten a chance to familiarize yourself with our website, please do! The clip collection, in particular, is a feature on our website that is meant to assist anyone interested in searching our collection for research or just for fun. It’s perfect for when you have some extra time on your hands.
Anyone can search the clip collection using the search bar that should be at the top of every page on our website. The clip collection is always growing and we also create themes to pull some of them together by topic. Some topics are entertaining and some are more solemn, but we try to encompass the breadth of our collection in these themes. Past themes have included The Merrie Monarch Festival, Wai (water rights), politicians, women’s history month, paniolo and so much more. We have continued creating theme pages and are aiming to release new ones regularly as more items from our collections are digitized.
From our home page uluulu.hawaii.edu you can follow the navigation link at the top right hand corner of the page that says “Explore,” and this will take you to the complete collection of Theme Pages. You can browse through all of them and even discover a jumping off point for learning more. The sampling of clips in our themes are not exhaustive, but we hope they are an enlightening introduction to the many facets of Hawai‘i that are preserved in our archive. Below, are the two most recent themes focusing on the Performing Arts in Hawai‘i and Food!
The performing arts have always been a big part of the cultures of Hawai‘i. From Hula to comedy, everything we do is unique or has a unique spin on it. We thought this would be a terrific opportunity to highlight ‘Ulu’ulu’s growing collection of performing arts materials.
We added a corresponding web theme to share some of the many clips that are available on our website to view. This collection focuses on the performing arts legacy that Hawai‘i and its people have nurtured for generations. Because of its multitude of cultures, Hawai‘i has regularly churned out artists and performances that are distinctly its own. Included here are a combination of clips depicting dance, stage drama, comedy and musical performances.
We updated an older theme on food to include some of our more recently generated clips, as food is one of the most important facets of any group of people. We need it to survive, but we also consume and share certain foods as ways to celebrate life events, comfort ourselves and demonstrate pride in our heritage. Here is our updated, theme page with clips from our numerous collections showing some of the many aspects of food in Hawai’i, from gathering to production to enjoyment.
The clips that we post are only about 10% of the full-length footage. So, if you find yourself wanting to know just how the rest of an interview or segment went in one of the clips, there is the “Ask an Archivist” button the bottom of every page on our website. If you click on that button, you can fill out the form and let us know which clip you want to see more of. Try to give as much information as possible; the title and the title number are particularly helpful. From there, we’ll be able to assist you in getting the full-length footage streamed directly to you.
We hope that this additional knowledge helps boost understanding about the archive and what we do.
Stay safe and healthy, everyone!
As we all face the unique challenges that the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) has brought to us in recent months ‘Ulu’ulu is doing what we can to adjust so that we can to maintain service and ensure the well-being of our staff, researchers and colleagues. We are monitoring the situation as it swiftly evolves. Please be aware, that as a result, services and response times may be delayed.
To reduce the risk of exposure and transmission, ‘Ulu’ulu has also canceled any existing reservations and visits for the rest of the academic semester, and will not be making any new reservations for the time being.
Mahalo nui for your patience and understanding in this difficult time. Please stay safe, healthy and take care of each other!
The ‘Ulu’ulu Staff
Our 2019 Summer Roselani Intern is Shannon Devlin. Shannon has been working in audiovisual archives for the past two and-a-half years and recently graduated with her Masters of Library Science from Indiana University. Originally from Louisville, Kentucky, Shannon enjoys karaoke, watching movies and reading. She also really loves and misses her cat.
Prior to her time with ‘Ulu’ulu, Shannon had never set foot in Hawai’i! Shannon’s six weeks with us have flown by and are almost over, but we didn’t want to let her go without asking some questions about herself and her time with us, and having the opportunity to share.
What brought you here to ‘Ulu‘ulu? What are some of the things you’re hoping to learn during your internship with us?
I found ‘Ulu’ulu through my boss and professor Andy Uhrich, at the Indiana University Moving Image Archive, as well as a posting on the Association of Moving Image Archivists website. Andy promoted the position in his Intro to Moving Image Archive class, when it came available. I had wanted to apply to the position when it first came available that year, but felt that it may not work for me at the time, but when it came available this past semester, I really wanted to try my luck!
I have learned so much from working at the ‘Ulu’ulu Moving Image Archive, both in working with the newest incoming collections, as well as the Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center, the Pacific Islanders in Communications collection, and the Juniroa Productions Collection. For me, it has been particularly eye-opening to see the differences that size and budget make in an archive. I think that ‘Ulu’ulu is a great place that is doing so much good work for the Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Island collections that they hold.
What projects are you working on at ‘Ulu‘ulu?
A new incoming collection, which was the film and video collection of a local Hawaii filmmaker. (There’s more exciting news to come concerning this collection!) I have been helping to inventory and inspect the many film and video formats within it. I am also working on the PIFSC collection, for which I have been performing quality control and writing up descriptions of the digitized films for the archives Mavis database, and selecting clips for the ‘Ulu’ulu website. I am also working on cleaning, prepping, and performing quality control on the Juniroa Production materials, and the Pacific Islanders in Communications collection, for which I cleaned up metadata, and have been rehousing and finding new homes for the materials that were previously in boxes in the vault.
Is there anything about the videos you are working with that is surprising or unexpected?
I really enjoyed learning about the people living on the island of Lana’i, who were highlighted in part of the Juniroa collection which I QC’d. There was also a whole video I described that had a mama and a baby seal cuddling a beach!
Now that you have worked as a Moving Image Archivist and with Hawaiian cultural materials, what is your favorite aspect of the job and why?
I love inspecting film! It’s still my favorite part of being a Moving Image Archivist. There is something exciting about seeing beautiful images on film, and learning about/seeing interesting film damage.
So you’ve been here for a few weeks now, what are you enjoying most about Hawai‘i?
It’s beautiful! I love that I am both near the mountains and the ocean. This is the furthest I’ve ever been from home, and it has been so interesting to both learn about the Hawaiian culture and Hawaiian language, as well as just see the natural beauty that is Hawai’i. Also, everyone I’ve met has been so nice!
Do you have any advice for future Roselani Media Preservation Interns?
Maybe plan out things that you’d like to do in Hawai’i before you get here, as I’m still kind of figuring out what I want to do before I go. I would also recommend having an open mind, being prepared to work with multiple different kinds of materials. Also, be prepared for some weird film decay, if you end up working with film here!
As always, we want to give thanks to the generous support of the Henry Ku‘ualoha & Muriel Roselani Giugni Fund of the Hawai‘i Community Foundation, the Roselani Media Preservation Internship is offered each year at ‘Ulu‘ulu to give a student of merit who is committed to the preservation of our media history the opportunity to acquire practical experience in a moving image archive.
In this Spring of 2019, we here at ‘Ulu‘ulu are graced with the presence of not only one, but two interns from the Academy for Creative Media Program. With a few months under each of their belts, they have gotten into the swing of things and have become familiar faces in the archive. During their time at ‘Ulu‘ulu, some of their duties include digital migration of tapes from various collections, setting up the archive exhibits, and verifying collection inventory and item counts. While we can go on and on about the work our interns are doing, we wanted to hear directly from Zach and Lauren about themselves and their experiences.
Could you introduce yourself and tell us what it’s like being a student in the Academy for Creative Media Program?
Zach: Hi everyone, my name is Zachary Carlos, and I’m a senior at West Oahu’s Academy for Creative Media Program.
Being a student in the CM program is a great experience to be part of. With the classes offered in the program, I am able to further develop more towards my creative side with commercial designing and video gaming designing.
Lauren: Hi, my name is Lauren Kato, I am in my final semester of the Academy for Creative Media Program at UH Manoa. The Creative Media Program is a fun and enjoyable program for people interested in creative media.
What brought you to your internship at ‘Ulu‘ulu?
Zach: I wanted to obtain some experience in an archival workplace and to understand the process of how things/materials are recorded and stored for safe keeping and future use. I would use some of the knowledge learned during my internship to be put on my resume, which would help companies I would like to apply for know that I have some knowledge in archiving important documents and such.
Lauren: As this is my last semester from the Academy for Creative Media Program, I was thinking it would be a good idea to do an internship and my family agreed with me. My family and I were looking at different options, but my father was the one to suggest ‘Ulu‘ulu as a possible internship. With his help, we inquired with ‘Ulu‘ulu and in the end, it worked out and I was able to get an internship at ‘Ulu‘ulu.
Before you began interning at ‘Ulu‘ulu, what kind of image did the word ‘archive’ convey to you?
Zach: The image I envisioned for the word “archive” was like a vast building/collection of old materials: film, pictures, audio records, etc.
Lauren: Like most people would think, the word archive makes me think of old books, old paper documents, and even old maps.
Has that image changed by starting this internship?
Zach: The image somewhat changed, but not entirely.
Lauren: Yes, it has, the word archive does have many interpretations depending on what it is being preserved for future generations.
Please tell us about a project that you’re currently working on.
Zach: The project I’m currently working on is the KGMB Transcodes process. The process is basically re-coding ripped video files to a different source file by using a re-coding program. For the re-coding process, I have a batch of 10 videos to be re-coded, which takes about 20 minutes. After the 10 videos are done, I go to a spreadsheet to check how “damaged” the videos are by conducting quality control checks and damage ratings on the files.
Lauren: At ‘Ulu‘ulu, one of the projects I am helping out with is scanning old catalog index cards from the KITV News station. As for a Creative Media Project, I’m currently doing an interview assignment where I interviewed Janel Quirante about the ‘Ulu‘ulu archive.
Thank you to Lauren and Zach for sharing those thoughts with us. We sincerely appreciate your contribution to the archive and how much it helps the work that we do. Be proud that you were a part of preserving Hawai‘i’s moving image history!
Applications are now being accepted for the 2019 Roselani Media Preservation Internship at ‘Ulu‘ulu Moving Image Archive!
The student selected as the 2019 Roselani Intern must be committed to the preservation of our media history and enrolled in a moving image or archival academic program. Working side-by-side with experienced archivists, the intern will gain practical experience in a moving image archive.
The intern will receive a $4,000 stipend.
March 1 – April 15: Applications accepted
April 30: Selection made
May – September: Internship takes place over 6-8 consecutive weeks (200 hours)