ʻUluʻulu's highlights and accomplishments from 2016
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ʻUluʻulu staff at the Hawaiian Media Makers Conference
Koa and Robbie with filmmakers Myrna & Eddie Kamae                         Palani Vaughan
KITV President & GM Joe McNamara with Janel and Chris

2016 Highlights

Looking back at 2016 we wish to congratulate University of Hawai'i - West O'ahu in providing quality education to the people of Hawai'i for four decades. 'Ulu'ulu, Hawai'i’s moving image archive officially opened to the public in 2012 when the university moved to its permanent location in Kapolei. Four years have passed quickly since we opened on the ground floor of the library and we continue to grow everyday. 2016 has been another banner year thanks to you, our donors and supporters!

We have acquired breathtaking collections resulting in some remarkable moments. The Glover family instantly comes to mind. They reached out to us because they heard 'Ulu'ulu was interested in preserving film history and they were aware they fell into that category. One of the smallest collections to be accessioned this year (four film reels); we now have their family home movies that document the construction of their childhood home in Waimānalo. It was built and designed in 1933 by the renowned Honolulu architect Louis E. Davis who designed many Spanish Colonial/Mission revival style buildings on O'ahu. In the 1980s, the property later became famously known as “Robin’s Nest," the home of Magnum PI’s television character Robin Masters. The footage is revealing of a time long gone, and while breathtaking indeed, was not nearly as remarkable as the family we gratefully received this from – the gems that 'Ulu'ulu benefits from are not just celluloid but human.

On the other end of the spectrum we now care for all of Hawaiian Airlines analogue moving images – which include the largest film collection in our vault covering almost a hundred years of moving image history. Here we crossed paths with Hawaiian Airline’s volunteer archivist and airline pilot Captain Rick Rogers, a person dedicated to its history and generous with his knowledge.

We also received the entire collection of renowned local author/ historian/filmmaker Tom Coffman who spent his life documenting Hawai'i’s multicultural history.  His collection is a rich resource for future generations who can easily access his material through a Creative Commons license. Mr. Coffman is our first donor to offer this type of open access to his entire collection!

Visitors stop in all the time!  Clayton Naluai of ʻ60s musical foursome group called The Surfers shared memorable stories.  One little-known fact was how The Surfers provided background vocals for Elvis Presley's "Blue Hawaii" film and soundtrack.  L to R Michael Yee, Iysease Lea, Heather, Clayton Naluai, Janel, and Eric Kahalelehua.
Keala and Janel
Janel and Koa
Governor David Ige and First Lady Dawn Amano-Ige

New Acquisitions and Collections

We received a large addition to this collection – approximately 2,500 videotapes of University of Hawai'i sports games and programs originally produced and broadcast on KFVE TV, circa 1980s - 2000s. Sports teams include: Baseball; Basketball (men and women); Soccer; Softball; Swimming; Volleyball (men and women); and Water Polo.

Making Waves Films
Filmmaker Kimberlee Bassford's collection contains production material and master videotapes related to the documentary films Cheerleader (2003) and Patsy Mink: Ahead of the Majority (2008) about the late Patsy Mink, U.S. Representative from Hawai'i.

Robert Pennybacker
This Hawai'i filmmaker donated videotapes related to "Painted Passages" (1981) a collaborative video, art, and poetry project also produced by artist Noe Tanigawa, and poet Gail Harada.

PBS Hawai'i
This collection contains production materials and raw footage related to programs produced by and broadcast on PBS Hawai'i (KHET), a PBS member television station located in Honolulu, Hawai'i. Program titles include: Pau Hana Years; Newsmakers; Dialog; Hawaiians; The Breaks; XL: The UH Sports Show; Spectrum Hawai'i; Era of the Pacific; and Hawaiian Quilting.

Papa Ola Lokahi
This organization produced programs related to events and workshops held at the 2002 Hawaiian Civic Club Convention and sponsored by this non-profit organization whose mission is "to improve the health status and well-being of Native Hawaiians." Speakers include John Ka'imikaua, Kina'u Kamalii, and Elizabeth Kauka.

This collection contains the videotapes of the Programming Department of KHON, the Honolulu Fox affiliate station of LIN Media. Titles include: Let's Go Fishing; Hawai'i's Kitchen; and Treasures.

Hawai'i Council for the Humanities
'Ulu'ulu is happy to have videotapes and audio recordings related to programs and projects funded by the Hawai'i Council for the Humanities about local labor, plantation and ethnic history. Titles include: Contributions of Buddhism; Hawai'i's Endangered Past: A Matter of Time; Local People; The Navigators; Plantation Life; Sangan Daan (The Crossroads); Working Class Women in 20th Century Hawai'i; and Hauwahine's Dream Story.

University of Hawai'i West O'ahu Communications Department
This collection contains audiovisual materials related to and produced by the University of Hawai'i - West O'ahu Communications Department, to promote UH West O'ahu through meaningful and purposeful exchanges of information to inform and engage the University community and increase visibility for its many audiences.

Hawaiian Airlines
This is the largest film collection at the archive. It contains film and videotape recordings related to the corporate history of Hawaiian Airlines. Footage includes air-to-air recordings, promotional travelogues, and commercials, circa 1927 – 2005.

Tom Coffman
Hawai'i filmmaker Tom Coffman has donated his entire collection which contains production materials and raw footage from the following programs: O Hawai'i, From Settlement to Kingdom (1995); May Earth Live: Journey through the Native Hawaiian Forest (2000); Nation Within: History of Illegal Annexation (1998); Arirang: Korean American Journey (2003); First Battle: the Battle for Equality in Wartime Hawai'i (2005-2006).

Hawai'i Travelogue
We received Hawai'i travelogue films from the Kerns Family of Hawai'i Island and the Hendricks Family of Georgia.

Hawai'i Home Movies
We received home movies from many families including:
  • Philippi / Nelson Family
  • Ishihara Family
  • Paresa / Veneri Family
  • Glover Family
  • Heen / Harvey Family

Michele Molina
We received 29 videotapes related to the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa’s Historic Preservation Program and the Preserving Hawai'i’s Traditional Landscapes Conference (1992-1995). Footage includes 'Ewa Plantation homes which were being preserved. It is part of the Cliff Watson Collection, who was the primary camera-person.
"Coach" Rice and Roses program, CLEAR Collection

Digital Preservation

In 2016, we revamped and strengthened our Digital Preservation program. We digitized a total of 278 video and films! We now have over 100 TB of digital video preservation files stored on our server at the UH Mānoa Data-center, with additional back ups safely stored off-island.
A sampling of what we digitized includes film reels from Hawaiian Electric Company that document the construction and installation of HECO power lines and towers across O`ahu in the 1950s. This footage, plus episodes from The Electric Kitchen are being shown and broadcast to celebrate HECO’s 125th anniversary.
We also partnered with Kamehameha Schools to digitize 180 videotapes of the Hawaiian language television program “Mānaleo” (1996-1999) produced by Keith Kalani Akana.

With support from the Hawaiian Legacy Foundation, we preserved and digitized 84 videotapes of raw footage and interviews from “Listen to the Forest.” This 1991 documentary film was produced by Eddie and Myrna Kamae and takes a special look at Hawai‘i rainforest ecology through the context of native Hawaiian knowledge. 

We continued our Preservation and Access Partnership with Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities, and Center for Labor Education & Research, UH-West O'ahu and digitized 100 hours of raw footage from selected Rice & Roses programs, a series produced by CLEAR for PBS Hawai'i from 1971 to 1996, which tells the stories of local plantation experience. 

Television and Film Premieres

For the fourth year in a row Hawaiʻi International Film Festival 2016 included 'Ulu'ulu! This year we were featured in the festival’s Film For Thought series, in which we premiered Preserving Olympic Dreams and Plantation Memories, which included the 1980s documentary called COACH followed by a panel discussion. Panelists included author of The Three Year Swim Club Julie Checkoway, director of the documentary COACH Joy Chong-Stannard and 'Ulu'ulu Head Archivist Janel Quirante.

For the second year in a row, our in-house original programming series was showcased on ʻŌlelo Community Television introducing Hawai'i television audiences to archival footage and our role in preserving the moving image history of Hawai'i. Episodes include: Na Maka o ka Aina presentation; 'Iolani Palace Restoration; and What's In It for Me and Coach, recently screened at HIFF.
HIFF also saw the world premiere of Kū Kanaka (Stand Tall) produced, written and directed by Marlene Booth of the Academy for Creative Media at UH Mānoa. Marlene was one of our favorite researchers this past year and her documentary featured archival footage from the vault of 'Ulu'ulu.
2016 HIFF premiere of Preserving Olympic Dreams and Plantation Memories
Foreground: Janel Quirante, Joy Chong-Stannard, Julie Checkoway, Chris Conybeare
Behind: Family of Olympian Bill Smith including his wife Moana
2016 HIFF Preserving Olympic Dreams and Plantation Memories premiered to a full house!!

Community Outreach

Events, tours and groups we've hosted and participated in this year:  
We've also welcomed many distinguished visitors, including:
  • Governor David Ige and First Lady Dawn Amano-Ige
  • Chris Tanaka, HawaiiNewsNow
  • Tom Coffman, filmmaker
  • Michael Yee and Clayton Naluai 
  • Don Hibbard, author
  • Brandi-Ann Uyemura, GoKapolei magazine
  • Julie Checkoway, author of The Three Year Swim Club
  • Captain Richard W. Rogers, Hawaiian Airlines Archivist
  • Ed Greevy, photographer
  • Mary Louise Haraguchi, librarian
  • Dr. Noe Goodyear-Ka'opua
  • Cissy Farmer, Acting CEO Bishop Museum
  • Luana and Kathy Kawelu, Merrie Monarch Festival
  • The Que Andradas Foundation
  • Marlene Booth, UH Mānoa - ACM instructor and filmmaker
  • UH Mānoa Hawaiian collection librarians
  • Lynn Wilson, video producer
  • Baron Oda, attorney
  • Lynn Davis, retired archivist UH Mānoa
  • Dr. Beverly Singer, University of New Mexico
  • Lindsey Chun-Hori, Consolidated Theaters
  • Mike Gonsalves and Estee Tanaka, HECO
  • MacNaughton Group
  • Hunt Group / Kapolei Chamber of Commerce
  • Henry and Angela Gee from NASPA
  • Rae Montague, LIS professor
  • Reiko Fukutake, Executive Director of Rei Foundation Limited
  • Brandon Higa, University of Hawai'i (Student) Regent
  • Kimberlee Bassford of Making Waves Films, filmmaker
  • 'Ōlelo Community Media
  • Victoria Keith, filmmaker
Victoria Keith with 'Ulu'ulu staff
             Janel with Tom Coffman                                               Baron Oda visiting the vault!

Professional Development

Our staff has participated in and presented at several conferences and events this year, including:
Janel Quirante discusses ʻUluʻulu's new Spacesaver High Density Eclipse Powered Mobile Shelving System as part of the Planning a New Collection Space at the 2016 annual AHA meeting.

Training Students and New Professionals

We worked with and trained several students in 2016, including:
  • Sage Kaonohi, Intern (Spring 2016)
  • Letitia Lavoie, Senior Practicum in Sociology (Spring 2016)
  • UH Mānoa LIS 694V graduate students in "Moving Image Archives," taught by Janel Quirante (Spring 2016)
  • Sarah Smith, Roselani Media Preservation Intern (Summer 2016)
  • Keala Richard, Graduate Assistant for Hawaiian Legacy Foundation Project (Summer-Fall 2016)
  • Mahea Kahala, Directed Study in Creative Media, taught by Heather Giugni (Fall 2016)
  • UHWO Creative Media 402 students in "Moving Image Archives for Filmmakers," taught by Janel Quirante (Fall 2016)

New Staff at 'Ulu'ulu

We welcomed several new faces to 'Ulu'ulu in 2016. Charise Michelsen is our new Archivist for Reference and Outreach, Arielle Vaverka has joined us as our Processing Technician, and Jeff Galicinao is the Creative Media Equipment and Lab Manager and honorary 'Ulu'ulu crew member!

2016 by the numbers

New Collections: 17
Items acquired: 10,733
Hours digitized: 215

Looking forward to 2017

We have accomplished a lot in 2016 and just wait for what we have in store next year!  Mahalo piha for your support! 
A few projects we're continuing to work on this upcoming year:
  • Continuing our Preservation and Access Partnership with CLEAR and the Hawai'i Council for the Humanities, to develop public programs around the newly digitized Rice and Roses videotapes.
  • Working with the Hawaiian Media Makers to contribute to the Hawaiian Handbook for Media Protocol
  • Accepting applications for the next Roselani Media Preservation Intern for summer 2017

Happy Holidays and Best Wishes to you in 2017!
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