Center for Oral History

Celebrating Community Knowledge for Social Change

The Center for Oral History (COH), in the Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, collects, documents, preserves and highlights the recollections of Native Hawaiians and the multi-ethnic people of Hawaiʻi. It produces oral histories and interpretive historical materials about lifeways, key historic events, social movements and Hawaiʻi’s role in the globalizing world, for the widest possible use.

COH was first established in 1976 by the Hawaiʻi State Legislature as a part of the Social Science Research Institute in the College of Social Sciences at UH Mānoa. COH also develops books, articles, podcasts, and videos based on oral histories, serves as a resource center for oral history materials, and trains groups and individuals in oral history research.

On April 1, 1946, an earthquake near the Aleutian Islands generated a tsunami that reached Hawaii in the early morning, resulting in 159 deaths. To hear excerpts from interviews with tsunami survivors, check out this UH Center for Oral History podcast:

Department of Ethnic Studies, College of Social Sciences, UH Mānoa

Podcast · Ethnic Studies (ES), UH Mānoa, Hawaiʻi

Experience: Hawaiʻi Life Histories is a podcast series highlighting stories about Hawaiʻi lifeways, key historic events, social movements, and our r...

Continuing with our theme this week of workshops, Zencastr is a great tool if you're trying to record higher quality audio remotely. They are doing a free training session tomorrow (April 2) at 1pm EDT. Register here:

Live Demo: Getting Started with Zencastr | Zencastr

Live Demo: Getting Started with ZencastrNew to Zencastr? Or perhaps you just need a refresher?During this live demo, we'll show you how to create and ...

Remote Oral History Interviews with @BaylorOH and @OHAnetwork Archives Interest Group via @SWoralhistory #oralhistory #recording #bestpractices #archives

Parents with children in grades K-8 can now access a new teaching resource on Facebook, "Think-Indigenous," which provides daily 30-minute lessons to students.

Think Indigenous. A faceless figure with long dark braids wearing a red headband, white earrings, in front of a floral display.

Educators Help Young Students 'Think Indigenous'

As more schools turn to digital learning during the era of COVID-19, teachers are holding 30-minute lessons on Facebook that speak to Indigenous knowl...

BREAKING: In response to the #COVID19 health crisis, the 10 #UHohana campuses are closed, effective immediately, to everyone except current students and employees ➡️

In 1900, Honolulu's Chinatown was burned after officials blamed a plague outbreak on Asian immigrants. Misleading references to #COVID19 as a #ChineseVirus today are part of a long—and dangerous—history of racializing epidemics to fuel xenophobia and hate.

The ‘Chinese Flu’ Is Part of a Long History of Racializing Disease

During a plague outbreak in 1899, officials in Honolulu quarantined and burned the city’s Chinatown. Some Covid-19 talk today echoes their rheto...

@StevenH11249987 @JasonAHiggins @Concordia Concern is what kind of files we are getting out of them - are they realistically something we can archive? If they're not being done for this purpose then I think it's a lot easier (although still big methodological questions to work through).

Remote oral history interviewing is the only option for grad students and postdocs in the coming months. I've asked @Concordia to extend its 'zoom' conferencing service to them. Oral historians need to talk about ethical, safe & effective ways to proceed over the coming months.

We interviewed Dr. Aluli as part of our Kahoʻolawe Aloha ʻĀina Movement Oral History Project!

Furthermore we are recommending that all oral historians immediately postpone all in person oral history interviews.

In light of the COVID-19 situation, the remainder of the Spring 2020 Brown Bag Biography series will be postponed until further notice. We will do all that we can to reschedule the speakers from the rest of the season, and hope to see you all again soon!

#BREAKINGNEWS UH President Lassner announces class changes in face of COVID-19 situation.

We’ll see you in KUY409a at noon today!

This Thursday, March 5, please join us in Kuykendall 409a at noon to hear from Jonathan Okamura, a professor in the Ethnic Studies department at the University of Hawai'i and author of Raced to Death in 1920s Hawai‘i: Injustice and Revenge in the Fukunaga Case. See you there!

Donʻt forget to stop by this afternoon: 12-1pm at Kuykendall Hall room 401!

We're so excited to present some initial findings from our ongoing oral history project on the Kahoʻolawe Aloha ʻĀina Movement at the @CBRHawaii Brown Bag this Thursday. We hope to see you there!

Update - New FCC Rule Affecting Community Access -

We are excited to announce this week’s #BiographyBrownBag: a preview of Ben Moffat’s one-person show, “Imperfect Gentlemen.” Come by Kuykendall 410 this Thursday at noon for this exclusive sneak-peak.