ʻUluʻulu's highlights and accomplishments from 2014
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2014 Highlights


As 2014 comes to a close, the Staff at ʻUluʻulu would like to wish you all a Happy Holiday Season and share some of our accomplishments from the past year!
We would also like to express our thanks to each and every one of you for your help, contribution, guidance and support. You have made the difference! This moving image archive has been a dream to generations of librarians, archivists and filmmakers and since 2012, ʻUluʻulu has had a permanent home located in the library of the University of Hawaiʻi at West Oʻahu in Kapolei. Our gratitude to the Governor of Hawaiʻi and the State Legislature for their foresight in laying the foundation for this moving image archive.

2014 has been an amazing year! At ʻUluʻulu we are proud of what we do and what we have been able to accomplish. It is indeed a kā
kou effort and everyday we are grateful for the honor of caring for our moving image history.

Mele Kalikimaka a Hauʻoli Makahiki Hou!

New Acquisitions and Collections
Interview with Harriet Ne (Na Manao o Na Kupuna Collection)
We welcomed several new collections this year, including:

Na Manao o Na Kupuna Collection
This collection contains videotaped interviews with kupuna from Molokai conducted in the 1970s by Mike Dooley and Harry James Mowat as part of the project “Na Manao o na Kupuna: An oral history of Hawaii”.

Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO) Collection
This collection contains the full run of The Electric Kitchen television series (1994-2005). The show, hosted by Allison Zecha, featured energy tips as well as cooking demonstrations of local recipes by HECO employees and Hawaiʻi-based chefs who appeared as guests.

Patricia Gillespie Collection
This collection includes work related to Kamehameha Schools Video Productions classes taught by Patricia Gillespie and production materials related to Gillespie's community theater work in Hawaiʻi.

Naomi Sodetani Collection
This collection documents the start of the construction of H-3 and the protests carried out during this period.
Mandy Blake Bowers Collection
A retired librarian and close personal friend of the late Irmgard Aluli, Ms. Bowers produced programs about Irmgard Aluli for ʻOLELO Television.

Protect Kahoʻolawe ʻOhana Collection
Davianna McGregor and Dr. Emmett Aluli delivered this amazing collection of raw footage, edited materials and documents related to the activities of the PKO circa 1970s-1990s.
We also received 2 large addendums to the KGMB Collection and the Daniel K. Inouye Congressional Collection:
Senator Spark Matsunaga, Representative Patsy Mink, and Senator Inouye on Capitol Hill (Daniel K. Inouye Congressional Collection)
Polynesian Voyaging Society (KGMB Collection)
This contains video related to the Polynesian Voyaging Society and the Hōkūleʻa, and includes raw footage used in the KGMB programs Hōkūleʻa: Proud Voyage Home; Hōkūleʻa: Return to Tahiti; Hōkūleʻa: In the Path of the Ancients; and Hōkūleʻa: The Rediscovery Begins.

Daniel K. Inouye Congressional Collection
In partnership with the Library of Congress and the UH Manoa Libraries, we acquired the video and audio recordings from the Washington D.C. Congressional offices of Daniel K. Inouye starting from the beginning of his career. Many thanks to Irene Inouye, the Senator’s son Ken and his Chief of Staff Jennifer Sabas for their help in organizing this important collection. 
Digital Preservation

In 2014, we digitized over 230 hours of videotape and film footage. This is more than twice as much as last year! We are so grateful to the Daniel K. Inouye Institute and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs for their continued support, without which this would not have been possible.

Below is a sample of titles digitized this year:
Hōkūleʻa: In the Path of the Ancients (Polynesian Voyaging Society, KGMB Collection)
Island Music, Island Hearts: IZ (KGMB Collection)
Congressman Inouye (Daniel K. Inouye Congressional Collection)
ʻOnipaʻa, start of march at Aloha Tower (Office of Hawaiian Affairs Collection)
Accessing Collections
An exhibit at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum featuring footage from the Lyman Museum and Mission House collection
We don’t just collect footage – we make it accessible to the public. So how have our collections been used you may ask? We have several examples:
  • Filmmaker Ty Sanga, who recently directed a documentary on Myron “Pinky” Thompson called Visions in the Dark: The Life of Pinky Thompson, spent hours researching footage in the KGMB, Victoria Keith Productions, Juniroa Productions, and KITV collections;
  • Footage from the Lyman Museum and Mission House collection was heavily used this year - here are 2 examples: 1) The Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum used footage of an Inter-Island Airways flight in a new "Hawaii by Air" exhibit, and 2) UH Hilo's Center for the Study of Active Volcanoes indexed and used multiple videos on their educational YouTube channel;
  • Footage from the KGMB collection was researched and used in "Perry and Price: Voices of Hawaii", a special on the morning radio duo which premiered on October 12th on KHNL;
  • Finally and most recently, students are now researching the life of Senator Inouye and other Hawaiʻi leaders in our collections for their Hawaiʻi History Day projects.
Community Outreach
In November, YouTube sensation AJ Rafael presented and performed in our exhibit area as part of the Creative Media Master Series hosted by the UHWO Academy for Creative Media.
We truly enjoy what we do here at the archive and appreciate opportunities to share our work and collections with visitors. We have hosted a number of events, tours and groups this year:
  • HIKI NO Steering Committee
  • Hawaiian Legacy Foundation Board Members
  • KITV Engineers and Staff
  • Hawaiʻi History Day
  • Waipahu High School - Approximately 200 Faculty & Staff!
  • Aiga o le Pasefika (Family of the Pacific) Student Club, UHWO
  • Librarians from UHM's Sinclair Library
  • ʻUluʻulu Open House in celebration of National Preservation Week
  • Creative Media Master Series featuring AJ Rafael, Jon Ottman, and Hollywood producers Roger & Julie Corman
Ken Inouye visited in February
UHWO's Aiga o le Pasefika Student Club toured the archive in March
We also welcomed many distinguished visitors, including:
  • Ken Inouye
  • Honolulu City Councilmembers Carol Fukunaga, Brandon Elefante and now-Senator Breene Harimoto
  • Randy Moore, University of Hawaiʻi Board of Regents Chair
  • Roberta Uno, Ford Foundation
  • Vicky Holt Takamine
  • Dr. Irene Herold, University Librarian at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
  • Denise Viesta, Director of Engineering, KHON
  • Cliff and Audrey Watson
  • AJ McWhorter
  • Victoria Keith
  • Naomi Sodetani
  • Heather Diamond and Michael Juen, Friends of ʻIolani Palace
  • Dr. Keiki Kawaiʻaeʻa, Dr. Larry Kimura, and Dr. Bob Stauffer (Ulukau: The Hawaiian Electronic Library)
  • Daniel K. Inouye Center Design Team: Clifford Planning & Architecture, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, Ralph Appelbaum Associates
  • Stacy Hayashi
ʻUluʻulu staff with UH Board of Regents Chair Randy Moore
Professional Development

We have been busy in Kapolei archiving a new educational resource but we have also set aside time for our own personal development and professional presentations.  Staff have been involved throughout the year participating and presenting at a variety of conferences and events.
  • HI Growth Entrepreneurs’ Day, Honolulu, March
  • Worldwide Voyage Education Leadership Summit, Honolulu, April
  • International Conference of Indigenous Archives, Libraries, & Museums, Palm Springs, CA, June
  • Hawaiʻi Digital Resources Symposium, Honolulu, August
  • SAA: Society of American Archivists Annual Meeting, Washington D.C., August
  • AMIA: Association of Moving Image Archivists, Savannah, Georgia, October
  • Hoʻokele Naʻauao: A Hawaiian Librarianship Symposium, Honolulu, October
  • Hawaiian Media Makers Conference, Honolulu, October
  • 2014 Data Summit: Linking Data to Hawaiʻi's Future, Honolulu, October
  • Hawaiʻi Library Association Annual Conference, Honolulu, December
Hawaiian Media Makers Conference, October
Presenters at the Hawaiʻi Library Association Conference, December
Archival Screenings
We were fortunate to again participate in the Hawaii International Film Festival. This year, we featured a pair of recently preserved and digitized films from the Friends of ʻIolani Palace Collection - ʻIolani Palace: Hawaii's Past Today and ʻIolani Palace Restoration directed by George Tahara. The screening was well attended and the panel discussion held afterwards was engaging as audience members had many questions and stories to share. Read more...
2014 by the numbers
New collections: 10
Items acquired: 2,332
Hours digitized: 236
Looking forward to 2015

Here are just a few highlights of what we are continuing to work on this upcoming year.
  • Our first born-digital acquisition! We launched a new Pilot Project, this time to determine the most efficient process for collecting and preserving born-digital video.
  • Internships - We were lucky to have 4 interns during 2014 - Peter Kowen, Ofa Tauane (UHWO Senior Practicum), Jonah Dias, and Keahiahi Long (Dance Heritage Coalition Fellow; UHM Library & Information Science Intern). Internships and Senior Practicums for academic credit are available for 2015!
  • Class instruction - In 2014, we collaborated with UHWO Librarians to provide class instruction sessions to English, Sociology, Anthropology, History, Pacific Island Studies and Psychology classes at UHWO. We have also held group tours of the archive for classes. Want us to come and speak to your class/group about ʻUluʻulu and archival footage? Contact us!
  • In celebration of Hōkūleʻa's 40th birthday this coming March, we will be hosting an event to honor her and the Polynesian Voyaging Society. Stay tuned for more details!
ʻUluʻulu staff (Robbie Omura, Heather Giugni, Shavonn Matsuda, Janel Quirante, Koa Luke, and Chris Lee)
We invite you to visit us in Kapolei or to contact us via email through
Best wishes to you in 2015!
Mele Kalikimaka a Hau
ʻoli Makahiki Hou!
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