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.

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.


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.

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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.

Onipaa Turning Points Flyer

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

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

Paid 2016 Summer Roselani Media Preservation Internship

Roselani Internship 2016

Applications are now being accepted for the 2016 Roselani Media Preservation Internship at ‘Ulu‘ulu Moving Image Archive!

The student selected as the 2016 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 $3,000 stipend.

Application Form and Instructions may be downloaded here.

Key dates:
January 15 – March 15: Applications accepted
April 1 : Selection made
May – September : Internship takes place over 6-8 consecutive weeks (200 hours)

Interested in what a Roselani Media Preservation Internship is like? Read the final reflections from our 2015 Roselani Intern April Rodriguez…

Roselani Intern April RodriguesMy time as the Roselani Media Preservation intern has come to an end. Upon reflection, I realize I had an amazing opportunity to develop professionally while also gaining a better sense of Native Hawaiian culture.

A favorite experience of mine involved straying from the moving image archive with my fellow colleagues to participate in the Mana Moana event. This event was centered on storytelling through land and film.  We spent the early morning at the MA‘O Farm pulling weeds from the salad beds and picking crates full of string beans. I thoroughly enjoyed connecting with the student workers at the MA‘O Farm and felt so honored to be a part of the harvesting and share in a delicious meal made with ingredients picked from the farm. The event concluded with an evening showing of clips from our archive and movies from director Taika Waititi. This kind of community interaction of gathering and sharing is something I believe to be very special. I sincerely hope this event will continue to be held annually and that I can work for an archive that has this same type of active community involvement.
Not without emotions, some of my job duties involved viewing archival footage about the removal of residents from Sand Island. What an emotional roller coaster of stories and images captured by local news station KGMB.  Outside of work I also attended numerous free events such as the Queen Lili‘uokalani birthday celebration. At that event I talked with all the vendors and listened to various discussions about Hawai’i  – U.S. relations and the mixed feelings regarding the status of the Hawaiian Kingdom. To say the least, I was shocked to learn how Hawai‘i became a state within the U.S.A. I will never be able to look at the sugar or pineapple industry of Hawai‘i the same way again.

One of the most memorable comments made by someone being interviewed by KGMB was, “I wish for the fragments of our past will come together in the future for ourselves and the world.” This was part of an interview from the 1980s New Years celebration segment (ENG collection).

In closing, I am thankful to the people of Hawai‘i for their generous hospitality throughout my stay on the island of O‘ahu. A special shout out to the drivers of The Bus for being so helpful and to the uncle that took me surfing it was such a fantastic experience. I am also thankful to the Hawai‘i Community Foundation and the Giugni family for making the Roselani Media Preservation Internship possible. Even though I’m leaving the island, my time at the archive will not be forgotten and I go forth with having made new friends.