Repository Spotlight: ꞌUluꞌulu: The Henry Kuꞌualoha Giugni Moving Image Archive of Hawaiꞌi

In honor of the approaching Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF), which begins October 30th, this month’s repository spotlight shines on ꞌUluꞌulu: The Henry Kuꞌualoha Giugni Moving Image Archive of Hawaiꞌi.


A work in progress, the archive’s 11,000 square feet will eventually contain an exhibition space, screening area, and computer terminals where individuals can view entire collections of digitized materials. This is in addition to restoring, preserving, cataloging, and digitizing moving images that are the heart of the archive.

ꞌUluꞌulu, located in the UH West Oahu campus Library, is the official state archive for moving images and is dedicated to the care, preservation, and digitization of film and videotape related to the history and culture of Hawai‘i.  There are currently over 17,000 videotapes, 250 motion picture film reels, and 300 hours of digitized footage in the archives’ collections.

ꞌUluꞌulu fights against time to capture moments on film and tape that are disappearing due to the deterioration of materials and obsolescence of devices that can play them.

ꞌUluꞌulu will be showcasing a newly preserved and digitized film from their collection and project it on the big screen as part of HIFF’s Made in Hawaii program.  This year ꞌUluꞌulu will be screening TWO documentary films from the Friends of ꞌIolani Palace collection:

  • ꞌIolani Palace: Hawaii’s Past Today (1968)

  • ꞌIolani Palace Restoration (circa 1970)

Both documentary films were directed by local filmmaker George Tahara and document the decade-long restoration of the Palace from 1969-1979.  These were recently digitized along with 47 other films from the Friends of ‘Iolani Palace collection at ‘Ulu‘ulu.  The archival prints are 16mm motion picture film reels.  ꞌUluꞌulu worked with a preservation lab to create digital preservation master and access files of all 49 reels.


The footage includes scenes of the Palace interior and exterior pre-restoration. The Palace restoration footage includes scenes during the restoration process: artists and craftsmen repairing and refurbishing original doorways, chandeliers, staircases, floors and glass plate windows.

ꞌUluꞌulu’s Archival Film Screening Night at the Hawaii International Film Festival is happening on Saturday, November 8th, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. at the Dole Cannery Theatre… And it’s FREE!!!

The premiers of the digitized ‘IOLANI PALACE : HAWAII’S PAST TODAY and ‘IOLANI PALACE RESTORATION will be followed by a panel discussion about the technical aspects of film archiving and preservation, the history of the Palace restoration, and the importance of ‘Iolani Palace as the center of social and political life for the Kingdom of Hawai‘i and for today.  We hope to see you there!


For more information on ꞌUluꞌulu and other repositories, visit AHA’s 5th Edition of the Directory of Historical Records Repositories in Hawai‘i.

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.

Mica and Dave

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.

Tour of Shangri La on November 16

AHA is pleased to sponsor a site visit and behind-the-scenes tour of Shangri La: A Center for Islamic Arts and Culture on Saturday November 16, 2013 at 3:45 pm. Your friendly guides will be Maja Clark and Dawn Sueoka.

Space is limited to 12 attendees, so RSVP early to reserve your spot. You won’t want to miss this special event!

Shangri-la Tour

An Evening at ‘Ulu’ulu: Thursday, April 25th, 5:30 PM

Please join AHA and the HPC-SLA at 5:30 PM on Thursday, April 25th, for an evening at ‘Ulu’ulu: The Henry Ku’ualoha Giugni Moving Image Archive of Hawai’i. Head Archivist Janel Quirante will speak about the archives and give a tour of the facilities. Space is limited to the first 40 people who RSVP, so sign up while you can! Please see the link below for more information.

Holiday Social Pop Up Exhibit Winners

What do AHA members collect?

Party goers were asked to bring something from their personal collections for a Pop Up Exhibit at the Annual Holiday Social held Dec 15, 2012. Five members received copies of guest speaker Jocelyn Fujii’s book, Homegrown Treasures of Hawaii: Stories of Aloha, for their notable collectibles:

Annie Thomas brought cheese graters from her grandmother who placed candles in them to light the table during holidays.


Ruth Horie earned Union buttons collected on picket lines 2001-2012.


Linda Hee began collecting Floatie pens in the 1980s.


Stan got historical & Stuart got curatorial with their interpretive labels.

Item: Italian Electric Espresso Maker
Collected by Stan Zisk
Collecting since (year)   1977
Something to share about this item/collection:
It’s Indestructible!
On a nice day in ~1982 it was turned on and then accidentally forgotten; it boiled over and got so hot (Italians don’t use safety switches) that it burned through the kitchen counter, then exploded and blew apart the electric cord (luckily) thus shutting itself off.
When it was found, several hours later, it was cool and peaceful in a mixed pool of burnt counter-top and coffee, next to its melted cord.
Results:     1. New $1.50 electric cord (the original ceramic plug was OK…)
2. New $20,000.00 kitchen (and grateful wife)
3. Perfectly working espresso maker, to this very day.
[From a collection of ~20 coffee/espresso makers]


Objects:  Headgear (1970.1), Retainer (1973.1), Wisdom teeth (1975.1 and 1975.2)
Date:  1970-1975
Country of Origin:  U.S.A.
Provenance:  Stuart W. H. Ching Collection
Owner’s Description:  These tooth-themed objects are from my childhood memorabilia collection.  They are reminders of childhood traumas of long ago that seemed so insurmountable at the time.  When not on display, these artifacts are usually stored in an acidic and lignin-laden wooden “1886” cigar box that once housed a collection of crayons.  Although the container is not up to archival and museum standards, it is also a treasured heirloom given to me by my grandfather.  The wisdom teeth are not subject to NAGPRA regulations.


Thanks to all who participated in the exhibit!

Forty members and guests enjoyed a wonderful buffet prepared by the Culinary Arts Program at Kapiolani Community College,  Jocelyn’s thoughtfully prepared talk of her research and appreciation for archives & archivists, and the good company and conversation during a festive evening.

Kamehameha Schools’ Tour of the Archives

Sorry this is so late everyone. I was apparently the only one who took photos and it’s taken me a while to get this far. We all had a lot of fun and want to thank Janet Zisk and Candace Lee for hosting us. Mahalo!