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Kingrey in Europe: Select Photographs by Ken Kingrey

Fall 2016

Kenneth Kingrey, a much respected educator and award-winning artist and graphic designer, was a professor of art at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. This exhibit comprises a selection of his photographs taken in the 1950s in cities throughout Europe, including Rome, Venice, Zurich, Milan, and Paris. The photographs are part of the Hawaii Artists and Architects Collection at the University of Hawaii at Manoa's Hamilton Library. The exhibit was curated by Jack Kormos, University Archives and Manuscripts Department, Hamilton Library.

Kingrey in Europe

A Pictorial History of Peace Corps in Hawai'i: From UH Peace Corps Training Center Records

Summer 2016

During the 1960s through the early 1970s, the University of Hawai'i administered a training center for the Peace Corps and sent thousands of volunteers to Asian and Pacific countries. Hawai'i's strategic, as well as isolated, location in the middle of the Pacific, the diversity of Asian and Pacific cultures and languages represented, and the varied topography provided a logical location to prepare Americans for life abroad.

This exhibit highlights the history of the Peace Corps training in Hawai'i, with photos and other materials from the UH Peace Corps Training Center Records. The collection is housed in the University Archives & Manuscripts Department of the University of Hawai'i at Manoa Library.

A Pictorial History of Peace Corps in Hawai'i
A Pictorial History of Peace Corps in Hawai'i
A Pictorial History of Peace Corps in Hawai'i

Fall of the Berlin Wall

(11/13/14 - 2/12/2015)

The "Fall of the Berlin Wall" poster exhibit commemorates the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the reunification of Germany.

The exhibit is organized by the UH German Program, and the Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Fall of the Berlin Wall

Anatomy of a Survivor's Journey

(09/03/14 - 10/31/14)

Anatomy of a Survivor's Journey is a photo voicing exhibit created by adult survivors of intimate partner violence and students from Kamehameha Schools. The groups were provided with cameras and were directed to take pictures of their lived experience and healing process (adult women survivors) and their idea of what health relationships look like (Kamehameha students). They were also asked to write a brief narrative about each photo.

Sponsored by the Domestic Violence Action Center

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Anatomy of a Survivor's Journey

Talking Heads Puppetry

(05/18/14 - 08/22/14)

This exhibit presents a selection of puppets from the Talking Heads Puppetry High School Spring Break Camp held at UH Manoa.

Talking Heads Puppetry Students
Talking Heads Puppetry Puppets

Royal Hawaiian Band

(01/24/14 - 08/14)

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Royal Hawaiian Band

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It Came from the Stacks!

(04/24/11 - 05/21/11)

"Get the books!!! We are under attack!!!"
On view from April 24, 2011 to May 21, 2011
Opposite the 1st Floor Elevators • Free and open to the public
Mon - Thurs 8:00am - 10:00pm
Friday 8:00am - 6:00pm
Closed Saturday
Sunday Noon - 10:00pm

A partnership with the American Library Association, University of Hawai'i Library, and the School of Library and Information Studies

Brought to you by the students of LIS 620: Conservation of Library and Archival Materials, Spring 2011


2nd Annual Hawai'i Edible Book Contest


Monday, April 4, 2011
8:00 - 11:30 AM Deliver Edible Book entries to Hamilton Library.
12:00 - 1:00 PM Judging and viewing Edible Book entries.
1:00 PM Awards & Book Bites!

Prizes will be awarded for: "Most Book Like," "Best Use of Chocolate," "Best Book in UH Library," "People's Choice," and "Audible Arts" to represent the movies or music in the Library's collections.

To enter the Contest, (1) complete the Edible Book Entry Form, (2) bring a contribution for the Hawaii Food Bank (canned goods or $ donation), and, (3) bring your Edible Book to Hamilton Library between 8AM -11:30AM. The Edible Book Entry Form is available in the Elevator Gallery of Hamilton.


Hawaii Review: 35 Years of Publication


Founded in 1973, Hawai'i Review is a student run bi-annual literary journal featuring national, international, as well as regional literature of Hawai'i and the Pacific. We are published by the Board of Publications at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa. We feature fiction, poetry, essays, interviews, and reviews from both established and emerging writers. Hawai'i Review is a member of the Coordinating Council of Literary Magazines, and indexed by the Humanities International Index, the Index ofAmerican Periodical Verse, Writer's Market, and Poet's Market.

Covers of Hawai'i Review

Interested in volunteering or joining? Please contact Hawaii Review: or visit the website for submission guidelines:

The Social Movements Collections

(05/22/10 - 08/27/10)

In 1967 the Eugene Bechtold collection of social / radical political publications was purchased from Richard Mohr of International Bookfinders. Ralph Shaw, University Librarian, would have been involved in the purchase. Apparently, there was a bidding war between Berkeley and UH -- Edward Beechert (UH History Dept 1968--1988), author of several books on trade unions in Hawaii, was likely a primary proponent of buying this collection.

The collection consists of primary source materials, such as pamphlets, broadsides, posters, newspaper clippings, brochures, and other ephemera. There are also short runs of newspapers and periodicals, as well as about thirty longer runs among which are Labor Age, The Liberator, Communist, and Mother Earth.

When the collection arrived, it contained 17,000 items in 188 cartons. After the items were reviewed, many were processed and sent to the library's stacks. Many of the periodical issues were added to titles we already held. Today we consider that there are approximately 10,000 items in this Special Research Collection.

Photos of Social Movements exhibit

The materials that Eugene Bechtold collected contain a wealth of information for researchers interested in the first half of 20th century America, especially social and political movements. The history of labor unions is also significant. Also, those concerned with the history of the Soviet Union, the Communist Party in America, and modern political movements (anarchism, communism, fascism, socialism) will be rewarded. American Studies, History, Political Science and Sociology researchers, faculty and students would be primary users.

[Source: James Thomas, "Social Movements Collection," HLA journal, 1971, December, p. 27]

For more information about Social Movements Collection, please see

Celebrating Connections: 60 Years of Pacific Islands Studies at Manoa

(01/11/10 - 05/22/10)

The Contemporary Pacific: A Journal of Island Affairs is the world's leading scholarly journal on current Pacific affairs.

With editorial offices at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa's Center for Pacific Islands Studies (CPIS), TCP encompasses a wide range of disciplines with the aim of providing comprehensive coverage of contemporary developments in the entire Pacific Islands region, including Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia. It features refereed articles examining social, economic, political, ecological, and cultural topics, along with political reviews, book and media reviews, resource reviews, and a dialogue section with interviews and short essays.

In 2002, under the editorship of CPIS Professor (now Director) Vilsoni Hereniko, the journal also began highlighting the work of contemporary Pacific Islander artists. Thus far, artists from Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Vanuatu, New Zealand, Guam, Solomon Islands, Norfolk Island, Samoa, and Hawaiʻi nei have been featured.

This exhibit includes the covers of the issues from 2003 to the present, with information about the artists whose work appears on the covers as well as on inside pages. These covers were designed by Stacey Leong. Previous issues of The Contemporary Pacific (1989-2002), with covers designed by Barbara Pope, are also on display.

Photos of The Contemporary Pacific

This exhibit is part of the yearlong celebration of the 60th anniversary of Pacific Islands Studies at Mānoa. For more information about CPIS programs and publications, please see

Takie Okumura's Lantern Slides from the University of Hawai'i Asia Collection

(09/01/09 - 12/31/09)

Over a century ago, magic lantern technology was a new visual medium that fascinated the young and old and stimulated their interests and imaginations. New digital technology has resurrected these century-old images so that they may provoke our curiosity about the past.

Hamilton Library's magic lantern slides have been well preserved and secured by the Preservation Department for many years. The first survey was documented in 1996 by a graduate student as part of a cataloging project. With the help of Dr. John Stephan, a professor in history, the subject matters were partially identified at that time. Although it was clear that the slides came from "Asia, most likely from Japan," the origin and background of the nearly 1,000 lantern slides remained a mystery. The glass slides were then secured in the Library's Special Collection until a new Japan Specialist Librarian was appointed in 1999. As part of research on the history of the UHM Japan Collection, records were discovered in the UH Archives & Manuscripts in 2007, which finally shed light on their origin.

The digitized images show for the first time in years the detailed information on slides. The fact that the slides were made and collected by a prominent figure in Hawaii history make them worthy of further study.

Images of lantern slides

This exhibit was made possible because of the help provided by the following people:
Teri Leigh Skillman-Kashyap, Events Planner for the UH Libraries
Hector Agustin, Art Designer
Camryn Bonaficio, Art Designer

Lynn Davis, Preservation Department
Phyllis Wilhoite-Nakasone, Preservation Department

Lantern Slides Digital Project team
Kyle Sasaoka & Quillon Arkenstone, UHM students
Tomoko Mochihara & Eriko Drick, UHM alumna

The Rev. Saku Kuroda, Makiki Christian Church
Professor Fusa Nakagawa, Okumura Takie Association, Kochi, Japan, Author of "From Tosa to Hawaii: the footsteps of Takie Okumura"

Special appreciation goes to Lynn Davis and Bron Solyom, who inspired the research.

Tokiko Y. Bazzell, Japan Specialist Librarian Exhibit Curator

Lantern Slides Digital Collection

Treasures of the Native Forests: Photo Exhibit by Nathan Yuen

(05/01/09 - 08/31/09)

This exhibit celebrates the native forests of Hawai'i and the exceptional plants and animals that can still be found in certain far-flung locations. The exhibit also features authentic Hawaiian leis made exclusively with plant material available to the Polynesians prior to Western contact from these remote native forests.

Arist Statement:

My photography is an outgrowth of my love for hiking to the wild remote places of Hawai'i. Each weekend you can find me hiking, backpacking or kayaking to out-of-the-way locations to photograph Hawaii's native plants and animals, many of which are rare or endangered.

My body of work is at the confluence of hiking, conservation, and fine art photography. It is my goal to showcase the unique plants and animals that live at these places and to give you a reason to protect them for future generations.

For several years now, I have been perfecting a technique to reconstitute multiple overlapping photos into larger panoramic images. This technique allows me to photograph sweeping landscapes that occupy almost your entire field of vision.

Although I love to photograph sweeping landscapes, my first love is taking close-up shots of small diminutive things I find on the trail that are easily overlooked. I love to zoom-in on the incredible beauty of flowers, insects, and other amazing things I see on the trail.

To see more of my work and to learn about my hiking adventures to reach these places go to

Native forests of Hawai'i

'Ite 'Upa'upa: Resources in Tahitian Performance

(03/02/09 - 04/28/09)

The University of Hawai'i at Manoa Library presents two exhibits, Tau Rima Tahiti and 'Ite 'Upa'upa, by curator and ethnomusicology candidate, Scott Bartlett, in the UH Manoa Library Bridge and Phase II Galleries, March 2 - April 28, 2009.

Photos from Tahitian Performances exhibits

Ross Togashi's Osanpo Photography

(01/21/09 - 02/28/09)

Artist Statement:

Somewhere, very possibly in a library, I read about the French term flâneur. Around the same time I was also introduced to the Japanese word osanpo (???).

These terms relate closely to my current photographic efforts - that is, the exploration of my surroundings while out on short walks, and the subsequent discoveries I've made through the camera.

My instrument of choice is the pinhole camera. With the tiniest of aperture it records images with an infinite depth-of-field and wide-angle view, but requires extended exposure times to allow light to accumulate on the film. Its glass-less "lens" documents the scene in a gentle soft-focus.

Rather than capturing a single moment or a "snapshot", as in some types of conventional photography, the pinhole camera uniquely records time and space across many seconds, and often reveals them in a dreamlike and ephemeral way.

Small photos in square wooden boxes

Year of Science 2009: Books Inspiring UH Scientists

(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:

(I) Books Inspiring UH Scientists Science books in display cases

An exhibit that features 13 University of Hawaii at Manoa scientists and the books that inspired them to pursue the challenging work of unveiling the secrets of the natural world.

Backbone of the King and Other Marcia Brown Stories

(11/13/08 - 12/31/08)

A gift of original art and autographed books by children's author and illustrator, Marcia Brown, has been made by Carol Ann Jenkins in memory of her mother, Dr. Esther Call Jenkins. Devoted to children's literature, Dr. Jenkins was a professor in the UH College of Education, 1948 -1975. The gift reveals her close professional and personal relationship with Brown that culminated in the 1966 publication of Backbone of the King. This book, a translation of a Hawaiian hero legend, was dedicated to Jenkins and illustrated by Brown's sensitive linoleum prints, originals of which are on display. The gift will be housed in the Jean Charlot Collection where it complements the existing holdings of books given by Marcia Brown, a three-time Caldecott Medal winner, to the Charlot family over their many years of friendship. A selection of award-winning titles, with delightful inscriptions and drawings, is included in the exhibit.

Drawings by Marcia Brown

For more information, please contact Bron Solyom, Curator, Jean Charlot Collection, at 956.2849 or

Pioneers in Okinawan Studies at UH

(07/01/08 - 08/22/08)

This display honors seven individuals who have contributed to the study of Okinawa at UH. They are: Shunzo Sakamaki, Frank Hawley, William Lebra, Henry Nakasone, Mitsugu Sakihara, Robert Sakai, and Ruth Adaniya.

Sponsored by the Center for Japanese Studies

Image and Word: Jean Charlot and the Way of the Cross

(03/09/08 - 06/15/08)

Jean Charlot's lifelong commitment to liturgical art is explored in his numerous representations of the Stations of the Cross, showing his stylistic progression from 1918 through 1971. Drawing primarily on the resources of the Library's Jean Charlot Collection, the exhibit embodies aspects of Charlot's life as an artist, as an art historian, and as a devout Roman Catholic for whom observance of the cycles of the Church calendar were part of daily practice. It includes photographs and documentation of five mural series from churches on Kauai and Oahu. Whether drawings, prints, oil paintings, murals in ceramic tile or poured cement, or even cartoons, each representation of the Stations shows Charlot's constant quest for clarity through greater simplification. He fought accusations of "ugliness" and avoided clinical functionalism, to achieve the honesty and sincerity he considered essential to express the power and emotions associated with this most deeply felt religious theme.

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Georg Von Békésy

More about Georg Von Békésy...

(01/07/08 - 02/29/08)

Georg von Békésy was born in Budapest, Hungary on June 3,1899; he died in Honolulu on June 13, 1972. He was the only Nobel prize winner to ever work at the University of Hawai´i. In 1961 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine for his research on the function of the cochlea in the mammalian hearing organ.

His hobby was collecting art objects and books about art. The Von Békésy art books cover the Ancient Near East, Classical Byzantine, Iran and the Islamic World, India, Cambodia and Thailand, East Asia (China, Korea, Japan), Europe, Africa and the Americas.

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Charters of the University

(9/07 - 10/07)

The Centennial of the University of Hawai´i provides the occasion for the University Archives to honor some of the outstanding achievements of the University as documented in the Archives. In the lobby of Phase II the exhibit features the basic charters of the University.

In the left case is a copy of Act 24 of the 1907 Territorial Legislature of Hawai´i creating a "college of agriculture and mechanical arts" as part of the national Land Grant system of colleges focusing on the teaching of agriculture and related sciences.

In the right case is a copy of Act 203 of the 1919 Legislature of the Territory of Hawai´i elevating the College of Hawai´i to the University of Hawai´i, with two constituent colleges, the College of Applied Sciences (the former college of agriculture) and the new College of Arts and Sciences. The act further authorized the Board of Regents to expand into whatever fields it felt appropriate to provide a thorough liberal arts education to the youth of Hawai´i.

The progress from College of Agriculture to University did not occur in a vacuum. Mr. William Kwai Fong Yap, realizing the need for a university in Hawai´i, circulated a petition requesting the legislature to act on this need. His petition, with approximately 400 signatures, is on the wall behind the cases. As a tribute to Mr. William Kwai Fong Yap for his work in the establishment of the University of Hawai´i, we display images of some of his family members in the center case.

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(5/07 - 6/07)

When the University of Hawai´i was established in 1907, it was automatically designated a depository for federal government documents, as were other land grant colleges, by a law enacted March 1, 1907. Federal depository libraries maintain collections of federal government information. This exhibit highlights federal government involvement in Hawai´i over the past 100 years and features government documents and maps from the Library's collections.

from gov doc collection - race in hawaii   from gov doc collection - President eisenhower signing statehood papers   from gov doc collection - Dec. 7, 1941: the air force story   from gov doc collection - then president nixon with apollo 13 crew

This display was created by the staff of the Government Documents & Maps Department:
Dave Bowman, Alice Kim, Karen Brown, Salim Mohammed, Lydia d´Addario, Gwen Sinclair, Carol Hasegawa, Mabel Suzuki, Lori Horiuchi, Ross Togashi, Clara Inouye.

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Islamic Cultures In Reflection: A Southeast Asia Photograph Exhibition

(3/07 - 4/07)

Organized by the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. The theme of the exhibit is "to visually and substantially address the cultural diversity of Islam in the region."

"The geography of Islam and its diverse heritage is evident in nearly every country of the region from East Timor to Vietnam."


The mosque is the most recognizable images of Islam. But the photos of different mosques in this collection reflect the diverse cultures that make up the area.

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People, ceremonies, and rituals

Like the architecture, the people, culture and ceremonies are again a merging of Islamic practice and a regions culture. A wedding is a good example. There are reat photos of weddings and the accompanying events that show how the Southeast Asian have accomodated Islamic traditions and customs into regional culture.

20% of the world's Muslim population lives in Southeast Asia. "The diversity of Islam, which is often lost in media and political circules, is captured most poeticlaly in the individuals themselves. The interaction between culture and religion unfolds differently in diffferent places. Despite the diversity, the photographs in the exhibit share a common humanity, and a commoneveryday experience: boys and girls going to school; teachers smiling; an elaborate wedding; and young women enjoying free time together at an amusement park."

Come and share and rare an exciting glimpse of Islamic life in Southeast Asia...

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Invaded Islands

The exhibit contains a selection of educational and research posters and publications on invasive species in Hawaii and other Pacific Islands. The exhibit highlights some current research by University of Hawaii at Manoa faculty on prevention and control of invasive species.

Special thanks to everyone who loaned posters and donated brochures (and luggage tags!) for "Invaded Islands":

Christy Martin, CGAPS - Coordinating Group on Alien Pest Species
Sam Kahng - Department of Oceanography
Celia Smith - Botany Department
Rachel Neville - Oahu Invasive Species Committee
Rob Cowie and Penny Levin - Center for Conservation Research and Training
Miles Hakoda - College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources
Amanda Demopoulos - Hawaii Sea Grant (now at Scripps Institution of Oceanography)
Konrad Englberger - Plant Protection Service Micronesia Office, Secretariat of the Pacific Community

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Man'yo Exhibit
New Leaves from the Man'yoshu:
Exhibit of Paintings and Ceramics
by Yasumasa Suzuki and Seiran Suzuki

The Man'yoshu (Collection of ten thousand leaves), is the oldest existing and one of the most highly revered collections of Japanese poetry. The poems invoke the soul of the people of ancient times and they show their special connection to the things of this world, their beauty and meaning. Some of these poems are attributed to the influences of intercultural exchanges between Korea, China and Japan.

The artists, Yasumasa and Seiran Suzuki have reinterpreted these poems and have created a vast collection of bold and modern Japanese-style artwork that bring the beautiful poems to life. Please come and enjoy this inspiring exhibition. In conjunction with the exhibit, Man'yo books from the Asia Collection of the University of Hawaii at Manoa Library will be displayed in the Bridge Gallery.

The exhibit was originally planned two years ago for March 2005. It was canceled after the Flood Disaster. Thanks to the efforts of the Consulate General of Japan in Honolulu, Center for Japanese Studies, Mr. & Mrs. Suzuki and the Library Exhibits Committee, here in the Spring March 2006, we can enjoy the art works by Mr. & Mrs. Suzuki from Japan and books on Man'yo from Hamilton Library.
Special thanks to Kim Mews (mail room), Lynette Teruya (LIS Asia Coll Dept intern), and Masashi Shimonao (Japan Collection assistant, LIS student).

In conjunction with this exhibit, the Center for Japanese Studies will offer a seminar at 3:00 pm on March 9 (Room 319, Moore Hall). This will be a rare opportunity to learn about these ancient poems.

Also, there is a mini lecture about the Man'yoshu at 5:00 pm, the Auditorium of the Center for Korean Studies, Friday, March 3 (Girl's Day), followed by the artists' led gallery tour at Hamilton Library (6-7 pm). You will discover the beautiful Man'yo world and close relationships among China, Korea and Japan in the ancient times.

Texts in Old Japanese: Language and Culture—A Man'yōshū Symposium

Professor Alexander Vovin, of the East Asian Languages and Literatures Department, will lead a symposium featuring presentations on Nara-period culture, religion, philology and linguistics that will help us better understand the world in which the Man'yōshū was created.

Date: March 9, 2006
Time: 3:00-5:00
Place: Tokioka Room (Moore 319)

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Turning the Page 2006
Artists Book Exhibition

January 18, 2006 - February 27, 2006

The "Artists' Book Exhibition," an exhibit of artist's books by members and friends of the Honolulu Printmakers, is on display in Hamilton Library's Bridge Exhibition space and in the display cases near the main elevators on the first floor.

Contemporary artists' books have derived from the tradition of bookbinding. Text and imagery in artist's books are produced in various ways: through drawing, painting, collage, photography, and printmaking processes: including lithography, intaglio, relief and serigraphy, or even through manipulation by xerox or computer. Artist's books may be "one of a kind" or small editions. A book's structure may use traditional binding or it may have an exposed, decorative binding. It may be a soft spined book which forms a "star" when completely opened, a folded "maze" book made from a single sheet of paper, or even individual "pages" which are kept in a unique container.

For more information please call 536-5507 or email

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The Luck's Luck
(a photography show in two parts)

November 7, 2005 - January 13, 2006

Despite a total desire for control, a majority of the photographic process is filled with anxiety - from shooting to printing. Among the different stages, one never knows what will happen next - will my film get exposed? Did I get the shot? Are my negatives OK? A majority of results are dependent upon variables of chance. Trial, error, intuition, and persistence react to things that are sometimes unplanned (luck in disguise). The end result (whether it be one photograph or a body of work) represents a systemic process which looks controlled, but is actually veiled in luck.

The Luck's Luck is an exhibition showcasing works from the University of Hawaii's photography program. Themes such as place, self, memory, and culture are touched upon using a medley of photographic processes, which include: hand applied emulsion, silver gelatin prints, Polaroid transfers and lifts, and chromogenic (color) prints. The intent is to create visual stimulus that will, hopefully, open up dialog between the viewer and his/her environment.

Part A: (Phase II Gallery)
Jeniphur Hickey
Jill Higa
Kris Ikegami
Eli Kawabata
Michael Marquez
Jessica Oshita
Timothy Pinault
Sean Rivera

Part B:
(Second floor bridge)
Yuzuko Fukunaga
Therese Laramee
Michael Ogasawara
Ross Togashi

Exhibit co-curators: Tasha Nakata-Nagao and Ross Togashi

Special thanks to the Hamilton Library for allotting the time and space for the show. And, many thanks to the artists for contributing their efforts and sharing their pieces.

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Ross TogashiDefining Moment
Mixed Media, 2005

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Eli Kawabata
Polaroids, 2005

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Michael Ogasawara
Cinema Alta
Chromogenic prints, 2005

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Jessica Oshita
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Silver gelatin prints, 2004

The World of Washi

September - October 2005

The original idea of this exhibit was conceived two years ago, when a notable Japanese scholar, Prof. Mitsuhiko Shibata, introduced the Hamilton staff and LIS students to the wonderful traditions and depths of the Japanese hand-made paper - washi. The traditional washi making process has changed little for over 1,000 years. We hope that the World of Washi Exhibit will provide everyone an opportunity to "experience" this traditional art of paper making.

The Exhibit will also explore how washi paper is used for Japanese books. You will have a wonderful opportunity to enjoy rare Japanese books at the Library Treasures Exhibit of the UH Art Gallery from September 18 and we sincerely hope you will appreciate the artistic form of these books as well as their content.

Reprints of the traditional paper making illustrations were donated in 2003 but they were destroyed by the flash flood disaster. Another set was donated for this Exhibit by Yushodo Shoten, Japanese antiquarian book dealer. The pictures were taken in 2004 at Ogawa-cho, Saitama-prefecture, where famous "Ogawa-shi (Ogawa Paper)" has been produced for hundred years.

Special appreciation for:

Ms. Yoko Kudo, Assistant to the Japan Specialist Librarian and LIS graduate student. She researched washi after the workshop.

Yoko incorporated her research and Preservation Class report into this exhibit. This is her first exhibit creation and it is just before she graduates in December 2005. Ms. Yoko Ruichi and Ms. Tomoko Mochihara, student assistants, and Ms. Etsuko Chopey, Office Assistant of the Asia Collection, who provided their skillful hands in preparation for the exhibit.

Mr. Scott Reinke, Conservation Specialist of the Preservation Department.

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Step 4 - Removing the Black Bark
Shirokawa, or white bark, which is the actual ingredient for paper, is underneath the black bark. The white bark is separated from the black bark after softening the dried bark with water.
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Step 10 - Stacking
The formed wet sheet of paper is removed from the mold and screen and placed on the stack of sheets.

Vietnam Now:Windows into Life in Contemporary Society

July - August 2005

This exhibit presents a series of "windows" into life in contemporary Vietnam. Our goal is to go beyond the ideas and images that most Americans associate with Vietnam and to provide some insight into contemporary culture and society in Vietnam. Exhibit displays touch on the following themes: literature and the arts, culture and customs, ethnicity and identity, issues in development and commerce, and intellectual traditions.

Throughout the exhibit, we hope readers will get a sense of some of the changes in the country over the past thirty years and go beyond the common assumptions and images of Vietnam that most Americans have.

Thirty years have passed since the end of the war in 1975 and there have been many changes in Vietnam.

In today's Vietnam, international tourists are more common than ever; foreign direct investment has increased steadily, and since 1994 diplomatic and trade relations between Vietnam and the United States have increased. Educational and intellectual exchanges have increased as well, and an increasing number of Vietnamese students attend university in Western nations, such as the United States, Australia and Europe.

The exhibit also highlights the range of research materials available in the University of Hawai'i libraries and intends to stimulate ways of thinking about academic research.

The exhibit encompasses three areas in Hamilton library:

  1. Book displays by the main elevators on the first floor,
  2. Textiles and books on display in the Bridge Gallery on the first floor, and
  3. Book displays near the main elevators in the Asia Collection on the fourth floor.

The exhibit is curated by Margaret Barnhill Bodemer, PhD Candidate, Anthropology, and Rohayati Paseng Barnard, S.E. Asian Librarian, Hamilton Library.

Vietnam Now
Photograph of Items on display as part of the 'Vietnam Now' exhibit
Items on display as part of the "Vietnam Now" exhibit in Phase II

Art Works of Dieter Runge

May Through June 2005

In my current focus on painting I welcome the challenge of creating on a flat surface. By exploring the depth of painting I aim to move beyond surface into the spiritual realm, and transformational experience within me as well as the viewer. I experience the mixing of paint, the limitless possibilities of color and its range from the analytical to the mood creating; its application to the surface, and movement with brush, knife, scraper, or hand as a profoundly sensual process. Yet, at present, I have reigned in my natural inclinations toward the soul-searching approach of the German Expressionists, in order to deepen my skills as a painter, and to develop my conceptual abilities, with the help of purposely-simpler compositions.

All work in this show is from the summer and fall of 2004 and are vignettes of my love for my immediate natural surroundings, especially my observations of water and sky.

Painting entitled Mokapu 1 Painting entitled Mokapu 10

Mind, Energy, Spirit
January to February 2004

Millions of people practice taijiquan on a daily basis, and Time magazine recently called it the "perfect exercise". This Chinese healing and martial art has ancient roots in the philosophy of the Dao which is based on observation of how the universe works to find ways of living in harmony using the complementary principles of yin and yang.

Taiji is known as an internal art. It is the refinement of the live force energy (chi, qi), which is the goal of the practitioner. Taiji is a lifelong endeavor and ultimately a spiritual practice. So is the process of art making. Runge presents his exploration of taiji experiences and internal energy through different media. Mind, energy, and spirit are the three guiding principles for practicing taijiquan. The mind guides the energy, while the spirit creates the appropriate form and content. These principles can be equally applied to taijiquan, art, or any other human endeavor.

The Art Works

"100 Views of Taijiquan"

"100 Views of Taijiquan" is the central work and the culmination to date of Dieter Runge's taiji art. The works are inspired by the photographs in Dong Yingjie's book on taiji. Dong Yingjie is Dong Zeng Chen's grandfather and the founder of the Dong tradition of taijiquan. Dong Zeng Chen has been Runge's teacher since 1991. There are more than 200 small photographs in the book taken in the forties, depicting the traditional Yang style taiji long form, from which Runge selected 100. Painting the 100 canvasses (8"x 10", oil) was a tribute to the master; a study of the body positions; and an expression of the complexity and range of taiji. They also are meant to be fun to view. Runge lives in a converted garage and while painting during the summer of 2003, these canvasses covered every available spot of his studio. Observing the drying works surrounding him, Runge noticed how centered and balanced Master Dong is in every position--even in the transitions from one stance to another. This balance and centeredness is at the heart of taijiquan.

Taichi-6-100 Taichi-91-100 Taichi-84-100

"Yoga Stretch"

"Yoga Stretch" is a powerful triptych (4'x 6'acrylic on wood) in primary colors representing a unique position in Runge's artistic development. During a "Drawing from Life" class in Fall 2002, Runge asked the question: "Where does drawing stop and painting start?" After multiple failures, this work emerged from the process. Runge has practiced yoga intermittently since the early 70's, but has not studied it as seriously as taiji. He plans to do other work on yoga, which he sees as another form of self-cultivation.

Yoga Stretch "Genesis of a Drawing"

"Genesis of a Drawing" is a drawing done as Runge's final project during Yida Wang's 'drawing from life' class Fall 2001. The idea was to show the movement of the taiji sword practice. Runge asked friend Stephen Whitesell to take some pictures of him, which Runge then cropped, selected and printed. He made various drawings in different sizes over the period of several weeks, finally settling on three large drawings, from which he made cutouts. These he hung up and moved them into different positions, until he found the final composition. The actual drawing was finished in one day from about 10 AM to 2 AM the next morning. During the last hour he did nothing but erasing, lightening up areas and softening edges to create the illusion of movement. This drawing depicts the transition from "Spinning Left Wheel" to "Spinning Right Wheel" of the taiji sword from.

Dieter Runge has been involved in the creative process since the early 60's, primarily as a singer/songwriter, performer and recording artist, and in film and video production and poster and album design. He recently graduated from UH Manoa with bachelors degrees in Psychology and Art, and is currently enrolled as a graduate student in the painting program at UH Manoa. He has studied taiji and qigong since 1982 in New York City with Manta Chia, T.K.Shi, and in Hawaii since 1991 with Zeng Chen Dong. He has been teaching taiji/qigong for more than ten years, currently at the Kaneohe Senior and Recreation Center, the Kailua Recreation Center, and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute in the Colleges of Arts and Sciences at UH Manoa. His art teachers include Snowdon Hodges, Ron Kowalke, Rick Bigus, Yida Wang, Ka Ning Fong Ryuda Nakajima, Pat Hickman, and Pia Stern. Runge is also a watersports enthusiast and teaches kitesurfing and windsurfing. He writes:

"Taiji and art are two sides of the same coin. One practices both twenty-four hours a day. Doing taiji and being an artist means seeing, painting, thinking, listening and soaring--all in a heightened state of awareness and connectedness, to myself, nature, everyone and everything around me."
Genesis of a Drawing

Photo Journals of India: Two Students' Perspectives

Through May 2004
Asia Collection
Fourth Floor, Hamilton Library

This photo exhibit is mainly a collection of photographs taken by two graduate students, Matthew Lopresti and Nicole Marsh, of separate travels through India. There are three parts to this exhibit; one located on the first floor of Hamilton Library (Phase II); and two located on the fourth floor of Hamilton Library (Phase II). Books for this display were selected by the South Asia Librarian.

First floor (Phase II) Exhibit:

Title -- "Finding Samsara: a journey through India" The display focuses on: Agni: A Vedic Fire Ceremony, Diwali (Festival of Lights) in Varanasi, and Bodh Gaya: Under the Bodhi Tree.

Photographer: Matthew Lopresti

In 2003 Matthew Lopresti spent seven months in India. The Watumull Scholarship for Study in India financed his first trip, from May to August, when he traveled there to participate in an Advanced Sanskrit Language program offered for American graduate students at Deccan College in Pune, Maharashtra. His second journey, from September to December, was spent in a Burmese monastery in Bodh Gaya, Bihar, where he served as Lecturer of Buddhist Philosophy and Field Research Advisor for a Buddhist Studies program based out of Antioch College in the United States.Numerous cities and sites were visited in between and during these two fantastic opportunities, many of which are captured in this, his first, photography exhibit Finding Samsara: a journey through India. Currently, Matthew is a graduate student in the Department of Philosophy (Ph.D. program) and works as an Adjunct Professor of Humanities for Hawaii Pacific University.

Questions and comments about his work are welcome at

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