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Asia Collection

Handumanan: Memories of the Visayas

10/18/09 - 11/15/09

Handumanan: Memories of the Visayas is an exhibit to commemorate the Visayan Centennial in Hawai'i.

Costumes, illustrations and books from the library and private collections are on display.

Sponsored by the University of Hawai’i at Manoa Library - Philippine Collection and the Congress of Visayan Organizations.

Okinawa Karate Resources from the Hawaii Karate Museum Collection

07/01/09 - 09/30/09

The Asia Collection Department display showcases books and journals from the Hawaii Karate Museum collection donated to Hamilton Library on Wednesday, July 30, 2008.

The majority of the books are currently being processed so they can be added to the Asia/East general collections. Over 260 rare books and journals have been placed in the Asia Special Collections, some of which are exhibited at the two display cases at the Bridge Gallery, "From Okinawa to Hawaii," and here in the center display case.

Much appreciation goes to the dedicated Japan Collection team: Hisashi Gakiya and Ikumi Flynn. To look for titles, use the Online Voyager Catalog.

Gańgā (the Ganges River): From Mountain Glacier to Ocean Delta

03/17/09 - 06/30/09

Gańgā (the Ganges River): From Mountain Glacier to Ocean Delta displays books, primarily from Hamilton Library’s Asia Collection, about one of the world’s largest rivers – the source of water for an estimated 400 million people across India and Bangladesh.

The exhibit marks the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s Center for South Asian Studies’ forthcoming 26th Annual Spring Symposium: “Anticipation~Memory~Place: Sustainability, Environmentalism, and Eco-Criticism in South Asian Contexts” April 7-9, 2009 and World Water Day, March 22nd, a United Nations-designated international celebration.

Illustrated books depict the many uses of this vast river: drinking water; agriculture; religious practices; industrial use; waste disposal; river burial; laundry washing; fishing; bathing; recreation; energy; and transportation. Other sources on display relate to environmental aspects, e.g. global warming/glacier melting; pollution; water sharing; etc. and early historical accounts of the Gańgā.

The exhibit was designed by Asia Collection technician Linda Laurence with assistance from Asia Collection student staff: Alicia Yanagihara, Shakeel Makarani, and Kim Kono.

Chinese Paper Cut

01/01/09 - 02/29/09

Chinese paper cutting, known as Jianzhi, is one of the most popular folk arts in China. The paper was invented by a Chinese Court Official Cai Lun during the Han Dynasty in 105 A.D. The invention of paper led to the use of paper as a new media to create intricate images and patterns in China. The Chinese paper cuts appeared as early as during the Southern and Northern Dynasties (420-589 A.D.) and later became a serious art form during the Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD).

Originally, people used paper cuts as sacrificial offerings to deities, ancestors, and deceased relatives. Later, people started to use them as decorative ornaments in their houses for doors, windows, walls, ceiling and lamps. Today, the subjects of paper cuts expanded to include, animals, Chinese opera figures, flora and fauna, gods and deities, landscapes, folklores and so on.

The styles of paper cuts can be distinguished by geographic variations. Paper cuts made in Northern China tend to be bolder and less sophisticated, while those made in the South are more likely to have fine details. The prominent paper cutting centers in Northern China are Hebei, Shanxi, and Shaanxi provinces, whereas in the South are Guangdong, Jiangsu, and Zhejiang provinces.


This exhibit displays China collection's paper cuts, mostly collected in the 1960s and 1970s, from different regions of China.

Science and Technology

Coffee in Hawai‘i

Coffee has been grown in Hawaii since 1825 when coffee plants were brought here from Brazil on the H.M.S. Blonde. Originally, coffee was grown on Oahu in Manoa Valley, possibly on or near UH Manoa campus. The first commercial coffee plantation was started in Koloa, Kauai in 1836. It was soon being grown on Maui and Hawaii as well. Today, coffee is grown commercially on all the major Hawaiian Islands. In 2008, there were 6,300 acres of coffee in Hawaii with a value of $29,200,000. While the Kona area of Big Island has long had a reputation for excellent coffee, coffees from Ka’u and Maui were also in the top 10 in the 2009 Statewide Cupping Competition.

Coffee in Hawaii

Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument: Northwestern Hawaiian Islands

05/01/09 - 06/22/09

Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument is one of the largest fully protected marine managed areas in the world. The Monument is dedicated to the conservation of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, which encompass an area northwest of the main Hawaiian Islands from Nihoa Island to Kure Atoll.

For more information about the Monument, visit

Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument

Year of Science 2009: E. Alison Kay (1929-2008)

01/21/09 - 02/28/09

2009 is an important year in the science community. This year marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin, whose work, Origin of Species, was published 150 years ago and became the foundation for all biological research that followed. It was 400 years ago this year, in 1609, that Galileo Galilei demonstrated the first telescope. Also in 1609 Johannes Kepler published his first two laws of planetary motion, which are still used today to describe the paths of the planets in our solar system.

As former U.S. Representative John Porter noted in an AAAS Policy Forum held in 2008: "scientists are, by every measure, the most respected people in America. But if the public and policymakers never hear your voices, never see scientists, never are exposed to science, never understand its methods, the chances of its being high on the list of national priorities will be very low."

These are just some of the reasons why the UH Manoa Library, in conjunction with the Coalition for the Public Understanding of Science, is celebrating 2009 as the Year of Science. To highlight science and recognize scientific innovation, past and present, Hamilton Library's Science and Technology department has organized three exhibits in which celebrate the Year of Science and the scientists who describe our reality:

(III) E. Alison Kay (1928-2008)
E. Alison Kay (1929-2008)

A celebration of the life and work of noted malacologist, Alison Kay, a scientist and teacher at UH Manoa whose committed engagement to her scholarly and public communities stands as a model of the citizen scientist.

Special Collections

Children's Books From Throughout the Pacific

01/01/09 -

"Children's Books From Throughout the Pacific" is the theme of the January exhibit in Special Collections. Created by ANN RABINKO, the display features colorful art in the illustrations of legends and stories of the Island region.


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