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.

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!

Brown Bag Biography is back! We can’t wait to see you all this semester (via Zoom) at these exciting events, starting with Nandita Sharma’s talk on September 24 (just about two weeks away!).

Join us Wednesday, August 26 at 4pm as we launch our newest public program and podcast series Weaving Voices. This first program will explore themes of resilience and recovery, featuring excerpts from our oral history project on Pālama Settlement.


Mahalo to @DenbyFawcett and @CivilBeat for featuring this story about our efforts with the Hawai'i State Archives to collect oral histories and other documentation surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic!

Honolulu Civil Beat @CivilBeat

#Opinion: The #Hawaii State Archives is collecting personal stories, photos and artifacts of life in the time of #COVID19. @DenbyFawcett #HInews

We want to bring attention to Paul Ortiz's 2016 talk "#OralHistory in the Age of #BlackLivesMatter". As communities around the country fight racial injustice, we must ask ourselves what role(s) can oral history & storytelling play in such a crisis era?

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