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)

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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.

http://wfla.com/2016/01/12/venice-public-library-to-shut-down-because-of-mold

https://www.library.cornell.edu/preservation/librarypreservation/mee/management/mold.html

Posted by Sage Kaonohi, ‘Ulu’ulu Intern

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.

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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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Welcome Letitia Lavoie – Spring 2016 Intern

We’re excited to have Letitia Lavoie as our Spring 2016 Intern! Letitia will be working mainly with the CLEAR (Center for Labor Education & Research) Collection – helping to perform quality control checks on recently digitized footage and then assisting with the cataloging of these videos. She will be periodically sharing about her research and experiences here at the archive in future blog posts, so stay tuned for those! We asked her to kick off her blog writing with a brief introduction, please take a look below…

Letitia Lavoie, 'Ulu'ulu Intern

Letitia Lavoie, ‘Ulu’ulu Intern

As a student here at UHWO, I spend countless hours in the Library doing homework and, before starting my senior practicum here, I could only imagine what it would be like to be a part of something so great that future generations will have a chance to see real footage of the past instead of only reading about it. It is like going back in time and being there but most of all it is capturing the emotions and the energy that keeps you wanting to know more and see more. I am truly blessed to become one of the newest members in helping to preserve Hawai‘i’s moving image history.  The ‘Ulu‘ulu: The Henry Ku‘ualoha Giugni Moving Image Archive of Hawai‘i has one of the most dedicated teams of professional people that I get to work with. In my first week, the staff here has made me feel welcomed as if I have been here forever.

I am a senior with plans to graduate in May of 2016 as a Social Science Major with a concentration in Sociology and a Certificate in Democratic Principles and Social Justice, which brings me to the Archive. Along with working with the staff, I will be researching Hawai‘i’s Sugar Strike in the “Rice and Roses” collection which has been recently digitized. I am excited to learn about and watch footage on Hawai‘i’s labor strikes that will allow me to have a glimpse of history and also examine the differences and similarities pertaining to the plantation workers’ demands.

What I hope to gain is a richer knowledge from the training that I will be getting. I wish to spread the news to other students about how they can access help for their research papers by filling out a request form and then working with Shavonn, the Reference Archivist, to find the videos and resources they might need.

ʻOnipaʻa: Turning Points

This year will mark the 123rd anniversary of the overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawaiʻi. In observance of this anniversary, and to promote education and awareness of Hawaiʻi’s history, we will host a panel discussion on Jan. 14th, 9:30am-10:45am, in the ʻUluʻulu Exhibition Space (1st floor, UH West Oʻahu Library).

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Panelists Dr. Leilani Basham, Dr. Masahide Kato, and Dr. Kealani Cook will
present on the 1893 overthrow and the 1993 ʻOnipaʻa march and events at ʻIolani Palace in observance of the 100th anniversary of the overthrow. Recently digitized footage of the 1993 march and events (from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs Collection) will be featured during the panel.

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ʻOnipaʻa: Turning Points is sponsored by the ʻUluʻulu Moving Image Archive of Hawaiʻi, the UHWO Hawaiian-Pacific Studies Program, UHWO Political Science Program, and the UH West Oʻahu Library. We welcome all UH West Oʻahu students, faculty, and staff as well as members of the public to join us for this event.

For more info about this event or to view related archival footage, contact us at uluulu@hawaii.edu.

All images featured in the slideshow above are screen grabs from raw footage in the Office of Hawaiian Affairs Collection.