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Bridge Gallery Exhibits 2007

Centennial Exhibit

(9/07 - 10/07)

Through October the bridge gallery has an exhibit on the centennial of the University of Hawai´i. It has five topics, plus an introductory essay just inside the bridge from phase II on the left hand side.

The two wall cases feature "Intellectual Life" at the University and the transition "From Agricultural College to University System." The single floor case on the mauka side and the wall space is "Visions and Realities" with various campus plans in the floor case and a series of seven aerial photographs of campus from 1920 to 2001. The two floor cases in the makai/Ewa corner of the gallery feature "Faculty and Students" and "Athletics."

old football player display case of photos Martin Luther King Jr.


NOAA: Celebrating 200 Years

(6/07 - 8/07)

Through the end of August 2007 At the Bridge Exhibit Area From Sea to Shining Sea: 200 Years of America's Coast Survey

NOAA's 200th Celebration in 2007 will highlight the rich history of science, service, and stewardship provided to the American public by NOAA and its predecessors. There are many great stories to tell, from the founding of the U.S. Survey of the Coast by Thomas Jefferson to the present-day activities of an agency dedicated to the protection, management, and understanding of our ocean, coasts, and skies.

In 1807, President Thomas Jefferson founded the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey (as the Survey of the Coast) to provide nautical charts to the maritime community for safe passage into American ports and along our extensive coastline. The Weather Bureau was founded 1870 and, one year later, the U.S. Commission of Fish and Fisheries was founded. Individually, these organizations were America's first physical science agency, America's first agency dedicated specifically to the atmospheric sciences, and America's first conservation agency.

The cultures of scientific accuracy and precision, service to protect life and property, and stewardship of resources of these three agencies were brought together in 1970, with the establishment of NOAA, an agency within the Department of Commerce.

Today, in 2007, we celebrate the 200th anniversary of the founding of the Coast and Geodetic Survey, the establishment of which set in motion a 200-year legacy of science, service, and stewardship.

The Celebration:

The 200th anniversary of the Coast and Geodetic Survey is an opportunity for us to honor our heritage by celebrating our innovative and dedicated people, programs, and services. Throughout the year, we will look back and celebrate our past, take stock of where we are in the present, and consider the possibilities that lie in our future. The anniversary is also an opportunity for NOAA to share our story with the American people, linking our past, present, and future contributions to the health and vitality of our nation. [NOAA: Celebrating 200 years. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Accessed 5 July 2007.]

An exhibit made up of panels and exhibit items will be on display in the Hamilton Bridge until September 2007.

For more information NOAA: Celebrarting 200 years.

boat exhibit

Orchids: From Rare Books to Research

(4/07 - 5/07)

book cover "Orchids of Sarawak" book cover orchids from Sumatra book cover for orchids from Philippines book cover for orchids of cuba

This exhibit highlights the scope of our really wonderful collection of materials on orchids. Included are examples of society newsletters, conference proceedings, field guides and floras, botanical art books, books on orchid growing and on orchid breeding, and books on the botany and ecology of orchids. The exhibit also includes a special selection of books from our Rare Book collection.

royal orchid book

A collection of this breadth and depth does not develop overnight. Eileen Herring, the current selector for botany and horticulture, has been actively developing this collection for the past twelve years, but much credit goes to previous librarians and to faculty members in horticulture. According to a 1995 article by Paula Szilard in Na Okika O Hawaii, the first orchid book purchased for the UH Manoa Library was the second edition of American Orchid Culture which was added to the collection in 1939. Several major purchases of orchid books were made during the 1940s and the collection was again expanded considerably in the 1960s and early 1970s. Paula Szilard was responsible for greatly improving the collection while she was the horticulture subject specialist. In 1994, she worked with Dr. Yoneo Sagawa to transfer the orchid publication collection of the Lyon Arboretum library to UH Manoa Library. Dr. Sagawa also arranged a number of exchange relationships with orchid societies throughout the work, greatly expanding our collection of orchid society newsletters. In 2004, the Library received a major gift of rare orchid books from the J.H. Beaumont Orchid Research Library of the Tropical Plant & Soil Sciences Department, College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources.

Did you know that dendrobium and oncidium cut flowers and potted plants were three of the top 10 floriculture and nursery crops in the state of Hawaii? Researchers at the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources continue to work on improving quality and performance of the plants available to our local growers. One part of the exhibit highlights the research and publications of faculty of the College.

Thanks to the many people who assisted me in the development and installation of this exhibit: Stu Dawrs, Milton Mukai, Debbie Dunn, Susan Johnson, Merlita Nazareno, Kris Anderson, Miles Hakoda in CTAHR´s publications office, and Dr. Sagawa´s assistant.

A very special mahalo to Dr. Richard Criley for the orchid flower arrangement and to Dr. Yoneo Sagawa for his ongoing encouragement and support of this part of our collection.

orchid print orchid exhibit banner orchid print 2

Hidden Treasures from the Pacific Collection


futumo faded

Scattered across a vast expanse of water as wide as the continental United States are over twenty-one hundred islands that make up the cultural region known as Micronesia. The area includes three major archipelagoes: the Marshalls, Carolines, and Marianas.Having passed through colonial rule by the Spanish, Germans, and Japanese, the islands of Micronesia became a United States administered United Nations strategic trusteeship following World War II. This new arrangement was named the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands (TTPI).

Beginning in the 1970s the districts began voting to end the trustee relationship with the US In 1986 the US notified the UN that its obligations were fulfilled. The UN officially dissolved the Trust Territory in 1990. Palau, the last of the Trust Territory districts, voted to end its trustee status in 1994.

Today the Former Trust Territory is comprised of four separate, self-governing districts:

  • The Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas
  • The Federated States of Micronesia, comprised of Kosrae, Pohnpei (Ponape), Chuuk (Truk), and Yap
  • The Republic of the Marshall Islands
  • The Republic of Palau (Belau)

rapanui picture Palau liberation bus zane grey papers

example of Hawaiian tapa print

lobby sign of exhibit

"Paradise Lost and Saved"


Hamilton Library hosts Australian Exhibition of Wartime Photos of South Pacific

"Paradise Lost and Saved: Wartime Photographs of the South Pacific," an exhibition documenting American WWII and contemporary Australian involvement in the South Pacific.

Opens February 5, 2007 runs through February 27, 2007 on the UH Manoa Campus, Hamilton Library Bridge Gallery, 1st Floor

WHO: Dr. Prudence Ahrens, art historian from the University of Queensland, curated the first of this two-part exhibit: Tour of Paradise: An American Soldier in the South Pacific, which features the work of Corporal Elmer J. Williams, an American assigned to New Caledonia in World War II. Tour lends historical depth to the combined exhibition, and the "tourist" nature of his photos strikingly contrasts the contemporary photos by Australian photographers. Dr. Ahrens will be on hand to open the exhibit, and lecture.

Friendships were an important ingredient on New Caledonia soldiers holding coconuts letters written by nurse on New Caledonia

Australian photographers Ben Bohane and Jon Lewis captured recent crises in East Timor, the Solomon Islands, and Bougainville Island in Papua New Guinea for the second portion of the exhibit, Contemporary Photographs of the South Pacific.

Ben Bohane, former editor of Pacific Weekly and a freelance journalist has been featured TIME, Asiaweek, The Guardian (UK), the Bulletin and the Sydney Morning Herald.

picture of part of exhibit right outside the elevator display case and pictures just outside first floor elevator

Jon Lewis first exhibited in 1974, was a member of Sydney's "Yellow House" in the early 70's, and started Greenpeace Australia.

Courtesy Australian Consulate General, sponsored by JetStar Airlines and Outrigger Hotels & Resorts.

Admission is free and open to the public. Campus parking $3.

Filipinos in Hawaii: The First Hundred Years

(11/06 - 1/07)

Singgalot: The Ties That Bind - Filipinos in America, From Colonial Subjects to Citizens

singgalot poster

Hamilton Library celebrates the centennial of Filipino immigration to Hawai´i with an exhibit of plantation photographs and documents, to accompany "Singgalot (Ties That Bind) - Filipinos in America, From Colonial Subjects to Citizens," an exhibit curated by a UHM professor and designed by a UHM student. Opens Monday, December 4, 2006. On display through January, 2007

On December 20, 1906, fifteen men recruited in the Philippines by the Hawaii Sugar Planters´ Association arrived in Honolulu on the ship, SS Doric. The two exhibits currently on display are part of the centennial celebration of Filipino immigration to the United States.

The display in the cases titled, "Filipinos in Hawaii: The First Hundred Years," presents digitally photographed documents from the Hawaii Sugar Planters´ Association Plantation Archives held in the Hawaiian Collection. These documents provide snapshots of the life of the sakada during the period of 1906 to the 1930´s, when plantation labor immigration from the Philippines was at its peak.

Hawaii Sugar Planters archive photo - permit to visit homeland Hawaii Sugar Planters archive photo of workers inside sugar mill Hawaii Sugar Planters photo of sugar field workers
Photos from Hawai´i Sugar Planters´ Association Plantation Archives

"Singgalot: The Ties That Bind""consists of thirty panels curated by Dean Alegado, professor and chairman of the Ethnic Studies Program, University of Hawaii at Manoa.. "Singgalot" presents a broad perspective on the history of Filipino migration, beginning with the Spanish Galleon Trade which brought the first Filipinos to the United States in the sixteenth century. The exhibit explores the challenges faced by Filipino-Americans and highlights their many contributions to American society. "Singgalot" is a Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibit and is on a three-year national tour. For more about "Singgalot", read the May 16, 2006 article in the Honolulu Advertiser (

panel 29 of singgalot exhibit
"Singgalot" opened at the Smithsonian Institute in May. Dr. Dean Alegado collected and documented hundreds of photographs for the project. The 4'x8' panels were designed by Marissa Rowell-Gacula, a 2006 UHM Graphic Design graduate.

The combined exhibits document Filipino migration to Hawai'i from 1906 to the present. The combined exhibit is coordinated by Alice Mak, Philippine Specialist Librarian, and hosted by the UH Manoa Libraries, with support from Student Equity, Excellence & Diversity (SEED), and the Center for Phillippine Studies.

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