Repository Spotlight: Filipino Digital Archives and History Center of Hawaii

Chief Master Leslie (right) Largo and Grand Master Gary (center) Largo practice with student at General Ablen School of Derobio Escrima in Kalihi.

Hmmmmm, you think to yourself.  Who are these people?  What are they doing?  Where can I can get one of those cheerful yellow shirts?

Yes folks, it’s time to spotlight another very special entry from AHA’s 5th Edition of the Directory of Historical Records Repositories in Hawai‘i.  This month, let’s take a look at eFil, the Filipino Digital Archives and History Center of Hawaii, where we’ll find all of the answers to the questions above.  Well, most of them.  We’re not sure where they got those lovely shirts.

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According to their website,  “eFIL’s mission is to help set the conditions and provide the necessary building blocks for students, educators, researchers and general public to develop an awareness and appreciation of Filipinos in Hawaii’s history.”  They focus specifically on Hawaii’s filipino community because of its geographic isolation, as well as its pivotal role in a people’s migration from the Philippine archipelago to the rest of the world.

With this mission in mind, eFil has collected oral histories from community members, digitized Filipino newspapers printed in Hawaii, preserved the musical stylings of the Julian Yorong Rondalla Group, digitized the WWI service records of Filipino veterans available online….and much, much more.

Richard Bustillo (center) presents United States Martial Arts Hall of Fame awards recognizing eFIL administrator Clement Bautista (left) and General Ablen School of Derobio Escrima Senior Master Carlton Kramer (right) for their efforts to document Hawaii's past and present masters of eskrima.

Richard Bustillo (center) presents United States Martial Arts Hall of Fame awards recognizing eFIL administrator Clement Bautista (left) and General Ablen School of Derobio Escrima Senior Master Carlton Kramer (right) for their efforts to document Hawaii’s past and present masters of eskrima.

According to Clem Bautista, eFil administrator, one of their current projects includes the Hawaii Masters of Eskrima documentary project, which is funded in part by the Hawaii Council for the Humanities.  It is a video documentary of some of Hawaii’s past and present masters of the Filipino martial arts.

Maestros Donald Mendoza (right) and C.J. Tobosa (left) of Tobosa School of Kali Escrima practice sparring with a dagger at Halawa Gym.

Maestros Donald Mendoza (right) and C.J. Tobosa (left) of Tobosa School of Kali Escrima practice sparring with a dagger at Halawa Gym.

The centerpiece of the project are oral histories of present masters and recollections of their past masters.  These past masters include:  Raymond Tobosa, Braulio and Eddie Pedoy, Frank Mamalias, Snookie Sanchez and Floro Villabrille. Among the present masters to be interviewed are Donald Mendoza, Gary and Leslie Largo, Patrick Amantiad, Michael and Josephine Del Mar, Rudy Orlanda, and Richard Bulacan.  Scheduled to be released later this year, the documentary will also include demonstrations by 11 schools of Filipino martial arts.

Interested in exploring their collections? eFil is open 24/7 at www.efilarchives.org.

Repository Spotlight: Hula Preservation Society

For the month of August, we’re highlighting the Hula Preservation Society, a non-profit organization committed to collecting and preserving the stories and knowledge of hula elders and sharing them with the global hula community.

Photographs of hula elders that have contributed materials and shared manaʻo through oral history adorn the wall of the HPS archive.

Photographs of hula elders that have contributed materials and shared manaʻo through oral history adorn the wall of the HPS archive.

Auntie Nona Beamer & Maile Loo. Photo courtesy HPS.

Auntie Nona Beamer and Maile Loo. Photo courtesy HPS.

The Hula Preservation Society was founded in 2000 by renowned cultural educator and Kumu Hula Auntie Nona Beamer and her hanai daughter Maile Loo. They and other community members recognized a generation of senior hula practitioners that were rapidly dwindling. As a way to honor these remarkable people, preserve undocumented cultural knowledge, and share hula resources, HPS began filming their life stories and hula teachings.

Maile Loo conducts an oral history interview with Auntie Hilda Keanaʻaina & Uncle George Naope. Photo courtesy HPS.

Maile Loo conducts an oral history interview with Auntie Hilda Keanaʻaina and Uncle George Naope. Photo courtesy HPS.

Since its inception, HPS has conducted oral history interviews with over 80 hula elders. Through the years, many hula collections from these elders have been entrusted to them, including personal papers with song and choreography, albums, newspaper clippings, hula implements, scrapbooks, photographs, and other historical hula-related materials.

Nona Beamer Papers.

Nona Beamer Papers.

In addition to preserving hula resources and serving the research needs of the hula community, HPS presents hula-related programming across Hawai‘i and beyond. In October, HPS will travel to New York to debut The Hawaiian Room, a film that documents the entertainers and dancers who worked in the illustrious Hawaiian-themed revue, open from 1937 to 1966 in the Lexington Hotel in New York City. A group of original Hawaiian Room dancers will attend and perform at the premiere that will be held at the historic 92nd Street Y on Friday, October 10. Another showing of the film will be held on November 8 at the Doris Duke Theater as part of the ʻOiwi Film Festival.

In November, HPS will present the following 3-day series as part of the International Waikiki Hula Conference (individual tickets apart from conference registration are available):

November 7: Great Masters of the 20th Century: Includes digitized Umatic tape footage of some of the last public performances by some of Hawaii’s most renowned Kumu Hula, Musicians, and Hawaiian scholars

November 8: Hula Kii: Hawaiian Puppetry: Video from HPS’s archive and panel discussion with Uncle Calvin Hoe and Auntie Mauliola Cook

November 9: Tribute to Legendary Kumu Hula Iolani Luahine: Including archival footage and talk story session by some who studied under her.

AHA is very grateful to the Hula Preservation Society for hosting us on August 23!

Front row L-->R: Kauila Niheu, Dore Minatodani, Kealani Makaiwi, Maile Loo, Ruth Horie, Carol Hasegawa; Second row L-->R: Keau George, Dawn Sueoka, Jill Sommer, Kapenaakala Shim, Annemarie Aweau, Margaret McAleavey, Gina Vergara-Bautista, Malia Van Heukelem, and Celeste Ohta. Photo courtesy HPS.

Front row, left to right: Kauila Niheu, Dore Minatodani, Kealani Makaiwi, Maile Loo, Ruth Horie, Carol Hasegawa; Second row, left to right: Keau George, Dawn Sueoka, Jill Sommer, Kapenaakala Shim, Annemarie Aweau, Margaret McAleavey, Gina Vergara-Bautista, Malia Van Heukelem, and Celeste Ohta. Photo courtesy HPS.

Hula Preservation Society

P.O. Box 6274 Kāneʻohe, HI 96744

(808) 247-9440

admin@hulapreservation.org

www.hulapreservation.org

Repository Spotlight: Lyman Museum & Mission House in Hilo, Hawai’i

AHA is pleased to introduce you to another repository featured in the 5th Edition of the Directory of Historical Records Repositories in Hawai’i.  This month’s pick is the Lyman Museum Archives.   Lyman Archives includes historical documents, books, maps, ephemera, and photographic collections.

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Lyman Museum Archivist, Miki Bulos, shared details of the current JOHN HOWARD PIERCE PHOTO IDENTIFICATION PROJECT:

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John Howard Pierce, Courtesy of Lyman Museum Archives

The Pierce Photo Identification Project is an effort currently underway in the Lyman Museum Archives to identify the tens of thousands of photographs in the Pierce Collection.

Pierce, a former Hawaii Tribune-Herald reporter and Lyman Museum curator, was an avid photographer who meticulously documented his beloved home of Hawai‘i Island in the mid-twentieth century, a pivotal period defined and galvanized by the admission of Hawai‘i into the United States in 1959.

 

 

The collection contains Pierce’s surviving body of work—an estimated 50,000 photographic prints and negatives, the bulk of which are from the late 1950s through the early 1970s.  The collection’s significance lies in the years covered and the variety of subjects captured. As the archives processes the collection, what becomes evident is that during a historically important period of tremendous growth and change—those years around statehood—Pierce and his camera bore witness to nearly all forms of community activity conducted on Hawai’i Island.

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Lehua Kamalamalama and her Rosettes welcoming the SS Monterey on maiden voyage, Port of Hilo, October 1961. Modern day Theresa Sharon Moke Becktel and Sandra Moke Lee, pictured in the front, were identified through the Pierce Photo ID Project and pose next to their old photo. Courtesy of Lyman Museum Archives.

It is this expansive and comprehensive view of Hawai‘i Island that makes the collection not only an invaluable contribution to the community’s story, but an invaluable contribution to the state’s historical record. They provide a view to the recent past, revealing a community ambitiously growing, changing, and constructing a new future; remembering and reclaiming its traditions; and savoring the simple pleasures of everyday life.

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Welcoming the USS Walker bearing gift of fifty-star flag, Port of Hilo, July 1958. Benny Kahaka (musician on far left) and Lovey Mae Akamu Scott (center) were identified through the Pierce Photo ID Project. Scott poses next to her photo along with Kahaka’s daughter, Barbara Lake. Courtesy of Lyman Museum Archives.

Unfortunately, almost none of the photos in the collection have any information beyond date, if that.  The Photo ID Project is a multi-pronged strategy to recruit community help to solve these mysteries.  The recent Pierce Photograph Exhibit was a result of this project—over fifty identified photos were on display.

Unidentified photos have been shared with the public via Hawaii Tribune-Herald and the Kama‘aina Shopper, the Pierce photo exhibit, the Lyman Museum website, museum-hosted Photo ID Days and community outreach.  Of the almost 800 photos made available to the public, approximately 450 have been identified (at least partially).

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Paul Kodani poses next to his photo. Kodani was identified through the Pierce Photo ID Project as the boy paddling in a homemade canoe, Wailoa Estuary, late 1950s. Courtesy of Lyman Museum Archives.

Visit Lyman Museum on-line to see if you can identify some photos and to learn of additional Research Collections.  The Pierce photo exhibit will soon be available on-line!

AHA and SAA to co-host digital archives workshops

The Association of Hawai‘i Archivists and the Society of American Archivists, with the support of UH Mānoa’s Hamilton Library, are pleased to present 4 full-day workshops on topics relating to digital archives. These courses, taught by experts in the field of digital archives, are designed to provide you with the knowledge and tools you need to manage the demands of born-digital records. These courses are usually only offered on the U.S. continent, so we encourage you to take advantage of this great (and close-to-home) professional development opportunity!

All workshops will be held in Hamilton Library’s room 306 (in the main building). Early-bird and regular registration cost for SAA members is $199/$269 per workshop. For non-members, it is $259/$319 per workshop.

Sign up for any or all of the workshops via the links below.

 

Preserving Digital Archives

Monday, October 6, 2014, 9 am to 5 pm

Instructor: Liz Bishoff

Early-bird deadline: September 6, 2014

 

Managing Electronic Records in Archives and Special Collections

Friday, October 10, 2014, 9 am to 5 pm

Instructor: Seth Shaw

Early-bird deadline: September 10, 2014

 

Arrangement and Description of Electronic Records part I

Monday, March 30, 2015, 9 am to 5 pm

Instructor: Dr. Christopher J. Prom

Early-bird deadline: March 1, 2015

 

Arrangement and Description of Electronic Records part II

Tuesday, March 31, 2015, 9 am to 5 pm

Instructor: Dr. Christopher J. Prom

Early-bird deadline: March 1, 2015

Repository Spotlight: The Heritage Center at the North Hawaiʻi Education and Research Center, Honokaʻa

We’re pleased to introduce you to another repository featured in the 5th Edition of the Directory of Historical Records Repositories in Hawai’i. This month’s pick is the Heritage Center at the North Hawai’i Education and Research Center in Honoka’a, Hawai’i Island.

Here’s what they very kindly shared with us:

In 2006, the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo’s North Hawaiʻi Education and Research Center (NHERC) in Honokaʻa opened its doors as an education and research facility to serving the north part of Hawaiʻi Island. Since the mid-1970s the community had been voicing a need for an archives and museum facility to house area history. When the Hāmākua Sugar Plantation closed in 1994, a facility where plantation heritage could be preserved was also at the forefront of community needs.

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Work Study student Mica Cook and Volunteer Dave Herman in the plantation parlor replica at the Heritage Center.

In late 2010, the phase two building of NHERC to house the Heritage Center and additional classrooms was completed and Dr. Momi Naughton was hired as the Heritage Center Coordinator. Since that time, with the help of part-time employees, work study students, and volunteers, the center has had three exhibits in the changing gallery and has been making progress on a long-term exhibit room on area history. A resource room and archives was started with community donations of photographs, documents, artifacts and news articles. The center is guided by a community advisory board made up of a cross-section of people from different ethnicities and backgrounds.

Visitors to the NHERC Heritage Center have included school groups, seniors’ organizations, historians, Mainland and local visitors, filmmakers and those seeking to do genealogies on area families. In addition, the Heritage Center has been conducting oral histories, developing K-12 history curriculum, and doing outreach exhibits in public venues throughout Hāmākua and Kohala. The Heritage Center also coordinated non-credit classes at NHERC that deal with heritage and culture.

An outreach display for the North Kohala library of the photos by Boone Morrison on archaeological sites on the Kohala Coast.

An outreach display for the North Kohala library of the photos by Boone Morrison on archaeological sites on the Kohala Coast.

The Heritage Center has been working with architects and historians on documentation to nominate the buildings on Māmāne Street in Honokaʻa for the State and National Register of Historic Places. Dr. Naughton also teaches a Museology class for UH Hilo at the facility and offers upper division students applied learning opportunities in curation and exhibit development.

The NHERC Heritage Center is open free to the public Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm and on Saturday from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.