Abraham Ortelius (1527-1598), Maris Pacifici; 1589

Abraham Ortelius (1527-1598), Maris Pacifici; 1589, Map Collection


One of Hawaii's most enduring assets, Hamilton Library maintains and cares for rare and special collections in all fields of the humanities, social sciences, science, and technology.

Using the library's special collections, researchers from around the world are making connections and discoveries that contribute to our global community.

Experience some of the treasures that reflect the complex nature of our community and the areas of excellence within the university - especailly relating to Hawai'i, the Pacific, and Asia.

See rare books, historical documents, and photographs, letters written by Hawaii's monarchs, poignant messages from AJA servicemen during World War II, journals, prints, drawings, maps, posters, and fine examples of book design.

Libraries are the foundation upon which researchers find relationships that lead to new discoveries and, sometimes, unexpected conclusions. Making Connections celebrates the objects that permit those quests and the conclusions that make the University of Hawai'i at Manoa a first-rate research institute in many areas of specialization. The exhibition comprises almost 350 objects that, most often, speak eloquently, sometimes sadly, about our unique and diverse cultural heritage here in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. The selection for the exhibition only hints at the wealth of primary resources contained within the walls of Hamilton Library on the Manoa campus. Each professor and many students will know of other volumes or documents that have been invaluable to the conduct of their research. I present what has been selected, with dignity and respect, and apologize for all omissions. I hope that this presentation will engender unexpected connections and inspire new avenues of research.

Tom Klobe, Director
University of Hawai'i Art Gallery