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2009 Elevator Exhibits

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

September 1, 2009 - December 31, 2009

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"
  • Tokiko Y. Bazzell, Japan Specialist Librarian Exhibit Curator

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

Lantern Slides Digital Collection

Treasures of the Native Forests: Photo Exhibit by Nathan Yuen

May 1, 2009 - August 31, 2009

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

March 2, 2009 - April 28, 2009

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

January 21, 2009 - February 28, 2009

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

January 21, 2009 - February 28, 2009

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.

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