HIFF 2016: Olympic Dreams and Plantation Memories and Kū Kanaka (Stand Tall)

preserving-olympic-dreams-and-plantation-memories-11x17-posterThis year, ‘Ulu‘ulu: The Henry Ku‘ualoha Guigni Moving Image Archive is very excited to have two films showing at the Hawaii International Film Festival that pull directly from our archival collections! The festival runs from Nov 3-13, 2016, and is a platform to illustrate international cinematic achievements in the Asia-Pacific region.

Preserving Olympic Dreams and Plantation Memories

The first film program Preserving Olympic Dreams and Plantation Memories is a partnership between ‘Ulu‘ulu, CLEAR (Center for Labor Education & Research) and the Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities as part of HIFF’s Film for Thought program series. The film screening features the newly restored and digitized 1984 Rice & Roses 30 minute documentary: COACH, produced by the Center for Labor, Education & Research. This half hour program tells the story of how Maui plantation kids trained in irrigation ditches in the 1930s and went on to win national and even Olympics championships under Coach Soichi Sakamoto. Archival raw footage and outtakes from this film will also be screened.

The archival footage related to COACH was preserved by ‘Ulu‘ulu as part of a collaborative partnership with the Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities and the Center for Labor Education & Research (CLEAR) at the University of Hawai‘i – West O‘ahu. This project began in 2015 with the aim to digitize and make accessible 95 hours of selected programs from the Rice & Roses television series produced by CLEAR and aired on PBS Hawai‘i from 1971 – 1996 that tells the stories of Hawai‘i’s labor history and our local plantation experience. This year’s HIFF screening is the first of several public programs about this new digital resource that will continue to take place in 2017.


This free screening event will be followed by a special panel discussion presented by ‘Ulu‘ulu. The panel discussion will include outtakes of never-before-seen footage that will be narrated by Julie Checkoway, writer of the New York Times bestseller, The Three-Year Swim Club. Other panelists include ʻUluʻulu Head Archivist Janel Quirante and COACH Director Joy Chong-Stannard.


Sunday, November 06, 2:00 PM at Dole Cannery C

Kū Kanaka (Stand Tall)


The second film, Kū Kanaka (Stand Tall), is directed by award-winning filmmaker and professor from the Academy for Creative Media department at University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Dr. Marlene Booth. Here, she tells the story of Kanalu Young and his strength while fighting for Hawaiian rights and the challenges of living as a quadriplegic.

Professor Booth used various resources from ‘Ulu‘ulu Archive to put together this intimate look at a powerful life.


Eager to impress his friends on an August afternoon in 1969, 15 year old Kanalu Young takes a dive into shallow water that changes his life forever. He hits his head and becomes quadriplegic, paralyzed from the neck down. Angry and defiant through months of rehabilitation, he begins to change when he learns Hawaiian language and discovers an untold story of Hawaiian history and culture. Fired up to tell Hawai‘i’s story, he earns a PhD, gets arrested fighting for Hawaiian rights, and becomes a crusading teacher and leader. Repeatedly stymied by pressure sores and respiratory problems, Kanalu soldiers on, driven to help transform his community by teaching history and practicing culture. Eventually hospitalized with a breathing tube to keep him alive, he asks his doctors to allow him to end his life, and they agree.

This film will be screened with feature film Ties That Bind: Hawai‘i in the Pacific. As part of HIFF’s Film For Thought program in partnership with the Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities the first screening of this program will be followed by a special extended discussion with director Marlene Booth (Kū Kanaka), director Caleb McMahan (Ties That Bind: Hawai‘i in the Pacific), and University of Hawai‘i professor Noelani Goodyear-Kaopua.


Monday, November 07, 8:00 PM at Dole Cannery B

Friday, November 11, 1:15 PM at Dole Cannery A

Sunday, November 20, 12:00 PM at Kauai Waimea Theater

Please be sure to stop by and view these films at this year’s festival!

Introducing our 2016 Roselani Intern

‘Ulu‘ulu is pleased to welcome Sarah Smith as this year’s Roselani Media Preservation Intern! Sarah lives in Long Beach, California, where she received a BA in Film and Electronic Arts with an emphasis in film history and theory at California State University: Long Beach. She recently graduated from the L. Jeffrey Selznick School of Film Preservation in Rochester, NY located at the George Eastman Museum where she became a certified film archivist and fell in love with handling nitrate film. She is currently finishing her Master’s in Library and Information Science with an emphasis in digital curation and archival science at the San Jose State University in California.

We asked Sarah a few questions to learn more about her.

Roselani Media Preservation Intern Sarah Smith

Roselani Media Preservation Intern Sarah Smith

Could you please share a little about your Master’s Thesis on cataloguing systems in motion picture archives?

Something unique about my Master’s degree is that I am choosing to do a thesis. Most students in my program decide to do a portfolio which takes a semester, but I wanted a challenge. For my thesis I will be exploring the various cataloging systems in motion picture archives and how they have an overall lack of standards. This lack of standards makes it impossible to share information easily amongst one another, or with the general public. I will be using a sample group of archives choosing one of each type of archive in the United States: a regional archive, a museum affiliated archive, a government run archive, a film studio archive, and an archive attached to an educational institution. I will be done with my classes in the fall and hope to start my thesis next Spring!

What brought you here to ‘Ulu‘ulu? What are some of the things you’re hoping to learn during your internship with us?

After I finished up my program at Selznick I wanted to experience a different type of archive. George Eastman is a large established archive that has a variety of types of collections. Its mission is also connected to the Museum. ‘Ulu’ulu appealed to me because it was a regional archive in a very different climate than George Eastman, and it had many different resources. ‘Ulu’ulu was going to be a challenge for me, hence an amazing learning experience. When I received the internship offer I said yes immediately. I was scared to leave home again, but just being here the last two weeks has shown me I made the best decision for myself as a film archivist, and will definitely help me further my career. Throughout my experience here I hope to learn to work in a completely new archival setting with different types of tools at my disposal. I will be inspecting more 16mm film than I did at George Eastman, and I hope to feel just as comfortable working with it as I do 35mm. I also will be working with a new cataloging system, and I cannot wait to separate myself from my library and George Eastman cataloging experiences and learn another archive’s system. By the end of my internship I feel confident that all of these goals will be met. I am into my second week here and I have already started falling in love with 16mm and how ‘Ulu’ulu functions as a regional archive.

Sarah Smith - Roselani Intern 2016

What are you working on at ‘Ulu‘ulu ? What are your career goals?

My main task at ‘Ulu’ulu is working with a large donation of film from Hawaiian Airlines. It is mostly promotional films made in the 1970s and 80s about new planes that were being promoted at the time, and the airline itself. I will also be working with and performing quality checks on a group of digital files that are completely in ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi (Hawaiian language)! My experience at the archive is actually helping me work towards my future career goal, which is to be a collection manager, hopefully managing nitrate film. As a collection manager I would oversee a specific collection in an archive, such as the acetate or nitrate film collections. This includes the management of the archive’s vaults temperature and humidity, what is in the collection, and what goes in and out of the vault at all times. A collection manager also oversees those who directly work with items in that collection. At ‘Ulu’ulu I am helping taking notes about the temperature and humidity of the vaults, and I am inspecting the Hawaiian Airlines 16mm and 35mm film they have in their collection and cataloging them. At the end of my internship I will write a report to make suggestions for the collection and archive. This is collection management experience on a small scale.

So you’ve been here for a week or two now, what are you enjoying most about Hawai‘i?

My short time in Oahu has been an adventure. I haven’t spent much time exploring because working 40 hours a week makes me a little tired, but the few times I have been out have been a blast! I have spent a little time in Honolulu exploring Chinatown and the night scene, but the beauty of the North Shore is my favorite part of Oahu. My greatest adventure was my first weekend on the island. I spent a few hours at the Dole Plantation making sure I got a Dole Whip, my favorite dessert at Disneyland. It was amazing to have it at the plantation, and was high on my Oahu “bucket list.” The number one on this list was swimming with a green sea turtle. After the Dole Plantation I drove up to Ali’i Beach Park in Haleiwa on the North Shore. Here I spent a little time swimming in the ocean for the first time and to my surprise a sea turtle swam right along side me. That has to be my favorite memory so far. I am planning on spending some more time with the sea turtles, going to Waikiki beach, and visiting Pearl Harbor before I leave. I am thankful that this internship has given me opportunities to not only grow as a film archivist, but to meet people and also do things that I might never have gotten the chance to do without participating in it.

Our Cataloger goes to Guam for the 20th Annual SEAPAVAA conference

Koa Luke, Assistant Archivist and Cataloger, delivered a talk at the 2016 SEAPAVAA annual conference held in Guam June 6-11, 2016. This was the first time that ‘Ulu‘ulu has been represented at this prestigious international audiovisual archiving conference.

Hafa Adai and aloha from the 20th Southeast Asia-Pacific Audiovisual Archive Association (SEAPAVAA) conference held in Guam, where the land is beautiful and the people are generous and hospitable hosts.  SEAPAVAA is an association of organizations and individuals involved in the development of audiovisual archiving in Southeast Asia and the Pacific to preserve and provide access to the region’s rich audiovisual heritage

The conference began with a two-day training workshop called “Caring for Collections”, led by Professor Ray Jiing and his team from the Taiwan Newsreel and Documentary Film Archive at Taiwan National University of the Arts.  In the workshops, participants learned through hands-on experience how to dissect, clean, repair and digitize VHS videotape all on a budget.  The highlight of the two days was getting to clean and digitize a moldy tape of one of the participants’ brother’s wedding using a custom-made hand-cranking cleaning device shown in the right corner of the picture. (Photo by Bono Olgado)


After two great days of workshops, the conference began with a keynote speaker from the Micronesian Area Research Center (MARC) focusing on conducting oral histories.  I, along with Mick Newnham, was on the first panel entitled “Community-Based and Culturally Sensitive Metadata Management.”  I presented on Hawaiian Language Subject Headings and Crowd Sourcing.  My talk was received well and started a dialog that would continue throughout the conference, building networks and starting new collaborations.  This panel fit well into this year’s conference theme of Intellectual Property, Rights, and Audiovisual Archives: Reframing Boundaries and Possibilities, which aimed “to reframe the boundaries and possibilities of audiovisual archives from legal, ethical, practical, and theoretical perspectives in national, regional, and international contexts.”  The theme and conference covered such topics as: law and ethics, Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property (ICIP), traditional knowledge, repatriation, copyright, and privacy and access.  There was also an Archival Gems night where attending archivists brought moving images or treasures with them to screen Wednesday night of the conference.  We were very pleased to screen Singer presents… Hawaii-Ho! (Photo by Loren Bustos at conference farewell dinner)

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The conference ended with a cultural excursion to the Valley of the Latte Adventure Park located in the south side village of Talofofo.  At the park we took a cruise down a river where the captain pointed out nature, wildlife, and cultural sites.  At our stop we were greeted with a barbecue lunch and a female pig named Jeffery.  After we ate, we took a hike to an area with traditional houses and latte stones.  Latte stones are culturally significant to the Chamorro (people indigenous to Guam). They are pillars capped with a spherical stone used as building supports in traditional houses.  Latte are remarkable because they are two pieces put together, not with cement or plaster as historically there were no such material available, but with slots on the bottom of the top piece and the top of the pillar.  It was a great way to end a remarkable conference and trip. (Notice the Latte stones behind the group in this photo. Photo by Loren Bustos)

See you next year in Manila for SEAPAVAA 2017!!

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Mold in Archives

One of the most common problems in libraries and archives in humid tropical regions is mold. Mold is a general term given to a wide variety of fungi common to most parts of the world. Mold grows through the propagation of its spores, which are always present in the air waiting for the right opportunity to germinate. Moisture provides the necessary conditions for mold germination. The visible signs of mold result from the “flowering” of the spores into mycelium, the familiar, velvet-like surface covering. The mycelium, in turn, becomes powdery and generates more mold spores that become airborne to continue the cycle. At this point, mold spores can be dangerous and the treatment of mold-infected material must be handled with care to avoid inhalation. Although not all molds are toxic to humans, it is important to regard all infestations as possibly toxic and take the appropriate precautions (respirator and gloves) when entering an infested area. The only way to prevent mold is by altering conditions conducive to its growth.

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In February 1, 2016, Venice public library in Florida closed down due to mold problems that couldn’t be fixed.  Mold was first detected in the 51-year-old building in 2010 but was not dealt with in time.  The county cleaned the mold that was underneath the carpets in the meeting room.  Then in 2014 more air testing was done and high levels of humidity were found in the building slab.  The county shut down the library, concluding that they would no longer invest more money in the building’s clean-up or renovations.



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Governor Ige’s visit to ‘Ulu’ulu

On March 29, 2016, Governor David Ige visited the University of Hawaii West O’ahu campus, alongside First Lady Dawn Amano-Ige.  They toured ‘Ulu’ulu, as well as the Creative Media labs and classrooms. Governor Ige mentioned, “The ability of the Academy for Creative Media to be on virtually every campus across the system, I think is very important, as we’ve been working to develop digital media skills on in our public school students.  It’s terrific that they now have a place to go regardless of where they are.”

Here’s a photo of one of the Creative Media classes and creative media students. The Governor and First Lady visited with Associate Director of Creative Media Sharla Hanaoka, Professor Gary Shimokawa, and ‘Ulu’ulu Cultural Collections Specialist Heather Giugni.


Governor Ige says, “I have been a big proponent of the Academy for Creative Media and most importantly, it being a System wide program.  It’s been tremendous progress to see what has unfolded here.”

Here’s another photo of the staff at ‘Ulu’ulu.   From Left to Right – Arielle Vaverka, First Lady Dawn Amano-Ige, Governor David Ige, Janel Quirante, Koa Luke, Robbie Omura, Letitia Lavoie (Intern), Chris Lee and Roy Takeyama.


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Welcome Sage Kaonohi – Spring 2016 Intern

We’re happy to introduce our social media intern for Spring 2016 – Sage Kaonohi! Sage is from Oahu and has earned her Associates in Liberal Arts and an AS in Digital Media Web publishing from Leeward Community College. She is currently a student here at UH West Oahu and will be graduating with her BA in Humanities with a concentration in Creative Media Web publishing this fall. During the duration of her internship, Sage will be compiling and creating content for our social media platforms.

Sage Kaonohi, Spring 2016 Intern

Sage Kaonohi, Spring 2016 Intern

Continue reading below to learn more about what first interested Sage about ‘Uluulu and her goals while interning with us…

What made you decide to intern with ‘Ulu‘ulu?

Well, I was first introduced to ‘Ulu‘ulu when I had a required seminar from my previous class in Fall 2015 to attend. I was greatly surprised and intrigued by all the media playing on four different screens. The thought of ‘Ulu‘ulu to me was techy and innovative and something that I wanted to learn more about.

What are some of the things you’re hoping to learn during your internship at ‘Ulu‘ulu?

I appreciate the opportunity with ‘Ulu‘ulu. My hopes are to learn more about archival collections and the reasons we use collections as a society. Also, I want to learn more on the trends of social media sites and how to use the trends for my advantage.

Celebrating Black History Month

Black History Month is an annual celebration and a time to recognize African Americans who have struggled and succeeded in an attempt and a proclamation to create equality.  One of the most talked about and influential individuals that has helped to establish a path for African Americans is Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Dr. King gave a speech about a dream that was so moving, he eventually pushed his notes to the side, one of his famous lines are, “we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream”, he transformed his speech into a sermon.

Photo Credit: pbs.org/marchonwashington

Photo Credit: pbs.org/marchonwashington

President Kennedy helped the civil rights movement take place.  He also choose Hawaiʻi to have a possible conference for the Civil Rights bill.  The reason behind him choosing Hawaiʻi as a forefront for the conference was because Hawaiʻi represents everything we are and that we hope to be in the future.

To help honor and celebrate Black History Month, we thought we’d highlight “Black and White: The Early Years of Dan Inouye.” While the issues of the day were many, this film focuses on Hawaiʻi as a multicultural community that is more an oddity to Congressional Members at the time who were wrestling with Civil Rights legislation. In an interview the late Senator Inouye responds, “We have been able to show not only the people of the United States but the people throughout the world that it is possible for men and women of all different national origins to live together and work together and play together with very little if any friction — and we’ve found the secret in Hawaiʻi.”

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