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

'To see these oral histories start off in a cardboard box and now find them searchable on the British Library catalogue brought a great sense of accomplishment for the entire team.'

A wonderful blog from Crystal Guevara @InfoStudiesAber. Thank you for helping #SaveOurSounds

Screen & Sound Archive on Twitter

“Thanks to Crystal Guevara @InfoStudiesAber for writing about her experience @NLWales working with the #UnlockingOurSoundHeritage project @BLSou...

🗣️ @UHMCOH will be collecting oral histories of President @BarackObama's early contacts in #Hawaii, where he was born, spent most of his childhood and graduated from high school.

Columbia University on Twitter

“The @ObamaFoundation has selected Columbia to lead the Obama Presidency Oral History Project. With partners @UChicago and @UHManoa, the project...

The @ObamaFoundation has selected Columbia to lead the Obama Presidency Oral History Project. With partners @UChicago and @UHManoa, the project will include interviews with 400 people who experienced this presidency inside and outside the White House.

Columbia has been selected by the @obamafoundation to produce the official oral history of @BarackObama’s presidency. This project will provide a comprehensive, enduring record of the decisions, actions, and effects of his historic presidency. 1/4

The @ObamaFoundation selects @Columbia to lead the Obama Presidency Oral History Project with partners #UChicago and @UHManoa. The project will include interviews with 400 people from inside and outside the White House.

Columbia University on Twitter

“The @ObamaFoundation has selected Columbia to lead the Obama Presidency Oral History Project. With partners @UChicago and @UHManoa, the project...

Congrats to @Helen_Yoshida for successfully defending her MA project “So, What’s the Story?”: Hidden Narratives of the World War II Department of Justice Camps". Dr. @nfousekis , @BenCawthra, @AitanaGuia and Hansen were impressed by her #oralhistory interviews. @csuf @COPH_CSUF

Antioch College grad Dale Kondracki ('17) interviews people from Wazuka, Japan and analyses cultural changes from large cities to the countryside.

Culture Change in Wazuka, Japan

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“Capturing and preserving the thoughts and recollections of the most senior administration officials allows scholars, students and the general public to better understand the events of the time and their context,” #oralhistory

Miller Center Announces Barack Obama Oral History Project

The center, which has conducted oral histories on every presidency from Gerald Ford to George W. Bush, has already begun interviewing former members o...

Excellent advice from Rob Perks @BL_OralHistory on the power of listening. In a world where everyone is clambering to be heard, #oralhistory affords us the chance to give our interviewees centre stage and have starring roles in their own stories.

British Library Oral History on Twitter

“"Great oral historians listen without interrupting or judging... not only to what is said but what is not said, to silences and repetitions." ...

Mary Cohen was patriotic, a riveter in WWII, joined the army, & later placed #veterans of all ages into jobs. Sadly, she recently passed away but her legacy of service lives on. #JewishAmericanHeritageMonth #JAHM

See @RosieRiveterNPS oral #history 👉

We are saddened to hear of the passing of Fred David, z”l, who we had the opportunity to interview in 2014. May his memory be for a blessing. View his oral history interview and excerpts here:

Honoring kūpuna to every Tuesday! Kūpuna Tuesday!
Fred Hoʻolae Paoa was born in 1905! Follow us on ig for more info!

Kumu Noelani Goodyear-Kaʻōpua has been a shining light for our haumāna in the College of Social Sciences! She is a Kumu in Political Sciences and is the current chair of the department! Find out more info on ig!

#tbt Photo of Diamondhead taken at the turn of the 20th century. This photo is part of the Fitzharris Hawaii Photo Album. To see the whole album visit

Presenting Patricia Amaral Buskirk for our first Alumni Thursday yall! #css #nhi #huiʻāinapilipili #alumnithursday

This #ThrowbackThursday we look back to our recent workshop with @voiceofwitness for the launch of "Say it Forward: A Guide to Social Justice Storytelling" Was such a fun workshop that gave us the chance to engage in group discussions. Check it out:

Kūpuna Tuesday • @UHMCOH Doveline “Tootsie” Notley Steer, born in 1915, grew up in Waikīkī and went on to become a professional hula dancer. She reminisced about the abundance of seafood in Waikīkī Swipe to read an excerpt from her interview. Listen to more on our podcast.

Happy #NationalTeachersDay 🍎 & #AAPIHeritageMonth!
Check out @UCBerkeley alumni Janet Daijogo’s #OralHistory: From Child of the Incarceration to Master Teacher, Translating the Truths of #Aikido for the Kindergarten Classroom
Or her documentary 👇

#oralhistory ARVN Major Vince Ang and his wife Jenny Phillips. He talks about Japanese and French occupation of Vietnam, and his service as a Cavalry Officer. She came to America and taught Vietnamese to American Soldiers. Watch their interview: