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These exhibits are available for viewing during normal library hours.

2006 Bridge Exhibits

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Filipinos in Hawaii: The First Hundred Years

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

December 4, 2006 - January 2007

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.

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.

permit to visit homeland, workers in sugar mill, 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 (

poster and 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.

Ka Ulana Lauhala: "plaiting pandanus leaves"

July 1, 2006 - October 31, 2006

This exhibit features the traditional Hawaiian art of weaving pandanus leaves. Come and find out where on the UHM campus pandanus trees are growing. Another display showcases various Hawaiian songs where the pandanus are mentioned - songs like "Hilo Hanakahi," "Na Hala o Naue," and "Makalapua". There are also rare photographs of lauhala weavers dating from 1912 and 1913. Another case shows examples of different weaving patterns and various objects such as hats, bracelets, a lucky frog, and headbands.

Event opening the exhibit:

Highlighting Susan Tokairin's upcoming exhibit, we will be hosting "Ka Ulana Lauhala," an evening celebration of lauhala weaving in Hawaiian tradition and history. Including a weaving demonstration, lauhala exhibit, and lecture by Carol Silva, kumu 'olelo, historian, writer, and weaver.

Carol Silva, Records Management Chief at the Hawai'i State Archives has lectured and taught extensively on the Hawaiian language and history. Honored by the Hawaii Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists in 2001 for her column, "Spirit of Aloha," Silva is also a weaver and long-time member of Ulana Me Ka Lokomaika'i, a lauhala weavers club, whose members are currently featured artists at the 2006 Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C.

Ulana me ka lokomaika'i:

Founded by Master Weavers, Aunty Gladys Grace and Uncle Frank Masagatani, Ulana Me Ka Lokomaika'i is one of the most respected weaving clubs on Oahu. Frequently featured at lectures, demonstrations, exhibits, and workshops, club members actively share the inspiration and joy they have found in lauhala weaving with the community. Several club members were featured artists at the Smithsonian Museum's 2006 Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C. Long time library staff member and club weaver, Susan Tokairen, volunteered countless hours to design and coordinate the Exhibition - to educate library patrons about the weaving process, and to perhap inspire others to seek the pleasure and joy that she has found in this beautiful Hawaiian tradition.

"This exhibit is dedicated to all weavers, those who learned from their kupuna and to those who learned from their kumu.From an ancient art to modern expression of beauty ulana lauhala live on throught the hearts and hands of weavers."

flower arrangement at entrance to exhibit
picture from one of the books on display of cowboy lauhala hat
couple of participants to opening event look at samples

Jean Charlot and Mexican Archaeology"

April 2006 - June 2006

Jean Charlot and Mexican Archaeology banner

This exhibition features a less well known but very significant part of artist Jean Charlot's life-his close involvement with major archaeological work at ancient Mayan sites in the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico. As a staff artist at Chichen Itzá for the 1926-1928 seasons, he faithfully recorded the forms and brilliant but fugitive colors of the painted walls and bas-reliefs as they were revealed and reconstructed by a team of archaeologists. At Cobá the analyzed giant carved stelae. The exhibition shows this official work, as recorded in the reports, and also informal sketches and prints he made on his own time, as well as the art work and illustrations he provided for some of the numerous books by his colleagues. Additional commentary describes life on the dig, accounts of Mayan art, and Charlot's remarkably diverse contributions to the research.

The experience of tracing, copying and analyzing gave Charlot a deep appreciation of the Mayan artist and the design principles he followed, an understanding that Charlot absorbed and re-visited in his own art for years after. This is shown in examples of his later drawings, prints and book illustrations. It is most strongly exemplified in the powerful forms and colors of the elaborately clad figures in the three large panels exhibited from "Mayan Warriors," a 36-foot mural rarely seen since he painted it for the 1970 ethnobotanical exposition, "Flora Pacifica," held at the Blaisdell Center.

Thanks to the stories told and collections made by his Mexican grandfather, his grandfather's friend the French photographer Desirè Charnay, and his great uncle, Eugène Goupil, Charlot was deeply immersed in the study of Mexican art and life from his Parisian childhood. The exhibition includes images and objects from this influential period, including the illustrated notes he made as a teenager from his study of his great uncle's pre-Hispanic codices by then given to the Bibliothèque nationale de France.

For more about Jean Charlot, contact: Bron Solyom, Curator, Jean Charlot Collection, 956-2849 or visit the Charlot website at

book on display, charlot drawing
coyote whistle, scroll picture on display, charlot panels

Man'yo Exhibit - New Leaves from the Man'yoshu: Exhibit of Paintings and Ceramics

by Yasumasa Suzuki and Seiran Suzuki

March 2006

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. and Mrs. Suzuki and the Library Exhibits Committee, here in the Spring of 2006, we can enjoy the art works by Mr. and Mrs. Suzuki from Japan and books on Man'yo from Hamilton Library.

Special thanks to Kim Mews (mail room), Lynette Teruya (LIS Asia CollDept 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'yoshu 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'yoshu was created.

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

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painting from the exhibit
3 painting from the exhibit

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

artist book from exhibit
artist book from exhibit

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