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

Some of the cohort are taking "Narrative, Health and Social Justice", led by Sayantani DasGupta and this #ThrowbackThursday we look back to her OHMA workshop. Check out, "Narrative Humility: Medical Listening and Oral History"

Why isn’t California’s coast lined with hotels and shopping malls? Our 15-minute podcast on Saving Lighthouse Point in Santa Cruz explains.

Produced with @westcenter. @TheCACoast #EnvironmentalHistory

Join us on April 22nd for a talk by COH Director Dr. Davianna McGregor on Oral History and Social Movements in Hawaiʻi.

Congratulations to the students, teachers, and families who participated in Hawaiʻi History Day on Saturday. And a shoutout to the student recipients of our special award for outstanding research using oral history! #oralhistory #hhd2019 #hawaiihistoryday2019 @hihumanities

Listen to our latest podcast on Youtube about women workers in the pineapple indurstry!

How can we think of #oralhistory as a “listening art”? Join us for ARCHIVING WITH THE EAR: ORAL HISTORY FOR DOCUMENTARY ART led by Nyssa Chow + learn how to interview with an art practice in mind. Guests include @TheodoreKerr1, @nunuhola + more! Register:

There are some great oral history based articles in the most recent issue of History Workshop Journal.

Gather at #BishopMuseum for “Wao Lawaiʻa, Realm of the Fishermen” as part of our #LivingCultureSeries!

🔴Do you want to be the first to watch Voces Oral History Project's NEW videos in @YouTube?


New #oralhistory collection now online. Fairfield HS graduates share stories of family, community, segregated education, and career aspirations in Winnsboro, SC. @UofSClibraries @OHAnetwork @UofSCaroliniana @uofsccrc

Home - Fairfield High School Oral History Collection

Stories of desegregation often focus on the urban schools that were in the spotlight thanks to their media coverage or the conflicts surrounding them,...

Today we are excited to announce our May advanced online #oralhistory workshop: Protecting Your Project and Participants! It will focus on legal/ethical aspects of oral history and teach you how to protect all your project's participants. More info here:

March is Women’s History Month and here at @VocesProject we have interviewed many powerful Latinas that have played a role in American History.

Every weekday of March we will be sharing one of their stories. 👇🏿

#VocesProject 🎉 #VocesLatinas

Elizabeth Colson, a distinguished professor at @UCBerkeley, studied displacement, migration, and political anthropology. To learn more about her career, check out her @bancroftlibrary oral history! #womenshistorymonth #Anthropology #BancroftLibrary