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.

**Registration link in bio**This Tuesday, December 7th, 2021 at 3pm HST

Dr. Maile Arvin, Assistant Professor of History and Gender Studies, University of Utah
Refusing Possession Through Whiteness: Against Social Scientific Logics of Race and Transinstitutionalization in Hawaiʻi

Launching of Social Movements in Hawaiʻi Ethnic Studies Resources in ScholarSpace

Monday, December 6, 4:00-5:15 pm HST on Zoom

RSVP to attend here:

We are hiring! We have a graduate assistant position from the Kualiʻi Council to conduct oral histories on the Kahoʻolawe Aloha ʻĀina Movement! Application open through Sept 7!

Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) Positions

Posting Date: Tuesday, 8/26/2021 Closing Date: Thursday, 9/07/2021 The following GRA position is available within the ...

Request for proposals! This June 2022 symposium will interrogate broader structures and dynamics of race and racialized thinking in oral history. Apps are due 10/1. Shoutout to alums on the organizing committee: Benji de la Piedra & Holly Werner-Thomas.

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Request for Proposals: New Oral History Symposium

Assessing the Role of Race and Power in Oral History Theory and Practice Symposium Call for Proposals, deadline ...

In this OHMA edited audio piece by alum Tomoko Kubota , Teiko Yonaha Tursi speaks of her childhood memories during and after the Battle of Okinawa during the Pacific War.

Our last podcast in our Weaving Voices series on Kōloa, Kauaʻi is available for streaming, including on YouTube! Check it out here:

Join us on Thursday, July 29th, for our final virtual program in our Weaving Voices: Connecting Communities through Hawaiʻi Life Stories series. Our final program celebrates the memories of Old Kōloa Town on Kauaʻi. Come listen and talk story! RSVP here:

Next Thursday (3/4) join us for our Weaving Voices public program, "Visionary Women in Politics and Education" featuring panelists Dawn Ige and Pilialoha Lee Loy from 5:30-6:30 pm HST. Register in advance:

Our Weaving Voices podcast on Waialua and changes on Oʻahu's North Shore is on YouTube!

Join us on 10/20 at 5:30pm HST for our next Weaving Voices program: Looking to Our Past for New Political Visions. We will be sharing oral histories from our political history project. RSVP here:

It's #nationalpodcastday! The first podcast in our new Weaving Voices series highlights the important community role of Pālama Settlement. Stream it here:

Mahalo for the overwhelming concern about Ethnic Studies (& Women Studies) future. The recommendations so far are vague: it will not dissolve ES but would result in loss of autonomy, decrease in majors and no cost saving. We have demanded the proposal’s withdrawal--more to come!

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