Archive for October, 2011

Fall Semester Library Closures

31 October 2011

With the agreement reached by HGEA and the University, the Library (both Hamilton and Sinclair) will be closed to the public from the end of the business day on Friday, December 16, 2011 until the start of the business day on the morning of Tuesday, January 3, 2012. The Library will also be closed the day after Thanksgiving on Friday, November 25, 2011. Both Hamilton and Sinclair Libraries will close at end of the business day on Wednesday, November 23.  Sinclair will open at start of the business day on Saturday, November 26th and Hamilton will open at start of the business day on Sunday, November 27.

Aldo Leopold Film, 2 Nov, 7 pm, Free

25 October 2011

Hawaii Convention Center, Ballrooms A/B, 4th Floor

Wednesday, 2 November 2011, 7 p.m

Hawai’i premiere of the new documentary about legendary conservationist Aldo Leopold, hosted by the Society of American Foresters.

NEW Interactive Rainfall Atlas of Hawaii

21 October 2011

The Rainfall Atlas of HawaiʻI Web site is a creation of the UH Manoa Department of Geography. It is a set of maps of the spatial patterns of rainfall for the major Hawaiian Islands. Maps are available for mean monthly and annual rainfall covering  the 30 year period 1978–2007.

The interactive map allows users to see the patterns of mean monthly and annual rainfall and corresponding uncertainty, zoom in on areas of particular interest, navigate to specific locations with the help of a choice of different base maps, and click on any location to get the mean annual rainfall and a graph and table of mean monthly rainfall. The locations of stations can also be shown on the interactive map. Clicking on a station gives both station and mapped estimates of monthly rainfall along with station metadata.

Rainfall maps can also be downloaded in various forms.

Rainfall measurements taken at over 1,000 stations were used as the principal source of information in the development of the rainfall maps. Files containing estimated mean monthly and annual rainfall and uncertainty for each station used in the analysis are available for download. A file with information on each station, including the name, observer, location, elevation, and period of record, is also available.

This is a fabulous resource for a wide variety of types of research. Check it out!

This Thursday – Faculty Lecture Series

19 October 2011

Thursday, October 20 

Conservation “Hawaiian Style” at the Lyon Arboretum Hawaiian Rare Plant Program

Nellie Sugii

Junior Researcher and Manager, Hawaiian Rare Plant Program, Lyon Arboretum

The Lyon Arboretum- Hawaiian Rare Plant Program (HRPP) serves as a propagation facility and germplasm repository for Hawai‘i’s most critically endangered native plants.  The mission of the HRPP is to propagate plants for use in approved restoration and reintroduction projects, and initiate and maintain an in-vitro and seed germplasm collection.

Nellie Sugii received her B.S. and M.S. degrees in horticulture science from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.  For the past 13 years, Nellie has served as a junior researcher and manager of the Hawaiian Rare Plant Program –  Micropropagation Laboratory.

Having Fun and Saving the Planet, One Tree at a Time!

Roxanne M. Adams

Landscape Manager, Buildings and Grounds Management, UHM

Ms. Adams describes the challenges of caring for the grounds on the UHM campus with the assistance of a rag tag group of frustrated groundskeepers and loving gardeners. Her talk will include a survey of the Sherman Courtyard of Native Hawaiian plants, interior palms at QLC, bamboo collection at Sakamaki Hall, green roof and vertical wall at C-More Hale, and the student-driven “Food in the Landscape” project.

Roxane Adams is an award-winning landscape manager with the Office of Facilities and Grounds at UHM. Her prior experiences in landscaping, commercial nurseries and botanical gardens, as well as operating her own native plant nursery and landscape maintenance business, makes her an excellent (living) asset on campus and an inspiring leader for her crew.

UH Hamilton Library, Room 301

3:30 – 4:30 PM

Admission free, Refreshments provided

Doors open at 3:15 PM

Sailing, Navigation, and Canoe Culture in the Marshall Islands

14 October 2011

Not a Library event, but it certainly looks interesting!

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Sailing, Navigation, and Canoe Culture in the Marshall Islands
Joseph Genz and Rachel Miller
Wednesday, 26 October 2011
12:00 noon
EWC Burns Hall, Room 3015/3019

The canoe tradition is a foundation of Marshallese culture. In addition to being a highly advanced maritime craft, the Marshallese canoe embodies key values and practices of traditional Marshallese culture.

To guide voyaging canoes among the many low-lying atolls, Marshallese navigators took the common land-finding technique of detecting how islands affect the patterning of swells and currents and developed it into a comprehensive system of navigation. Through a combination of photos, videos, and models, Joseph Genz will provide an overview of Marshallese swell-pattern navigation and forms of instruction. He will also describe the current state of the voyaging revival in the Marshalls.

Rachel Miller’s Hawaii Council for the Humanities-funded video project, Wa Kuk Wa Jimor — Marshallese Canoes Today, is an exploration of the state and shape of the Marshall Islands canoe tradition for Marchallese people today; how and why it has changed over time and how it articulates with broader Marshallese culture and the modern way of life. In this talk, Miller will present briefly on the Marshallese outrigger canoe, her connection to the Marshalls and her current project, a documentary video exploring the contemporary role of the canoe tradition in the Marshall Islands.

Faculty Lecture Series, 6 October at the Library

3 October 2011

Faculty Lecture Series
In Association with
Curator’s Choice: Selections from the UH Museum Consortium
Bridge Gallery, Hamilton Library
Thursday, October 6

UH Hamilton Library, Room 301
Admission free, Refreshments provided
Doors open at 3:15 PM

Illustrating the Far East
Lynn A. Davis
Head, Preservation Department, Hamilton Library, UHM

FAR EAST, a photographically illustrated 19th century newspaper, published images to
document everyday life in Japan and China.  Japanese and European photographers
contributed illustrations.  What was their point of view?  Did they provide a glimpse of daily life in the “Far East” or did they convey a satisfying exotic view that fueled interest in the Far East as a destination?

Lynn Davis is from Kaneohe, and is the Head of Preservation at the University of Hawai‘i Library.

History of the Costume Museum at UH
Andrew H. Reilly, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Family and Consumer Science, UHM

A discussion of the history of the Costume Museum at UH and its future.  The Costume Museum is one of the largest collections of fashion and dress at any university and is noted for outstanding subcollections of Hawaiian and Asian costumes.  This presentation will include notable research projects and outcomes associated with the collection.

Andrew Reilly is a faculty member in Apparel Product Development and Merchandising at UHM and is a respected researcher of men’s fashion and body image.