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.

How can oral history help us to understand and to cross boundaries—political, social, material, linguistic?

Announcing OHMA students' annual exhibit: Inside Out + Outside In. Most events are online and go live on Apr 29, with individual events following.

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OHMA EXHIBITS: Inside Out + Outside In: 2022 Interactive Oral History Exhibit

Check out our Accessibility Design Notes Scroll straight to the exhibitsOur students are creating this year’s ...

Please join @CBRHawaii this Thursday 4/21 at 12pm HST for "Talking Story: A Panel on the Bamboo Ridge Oral History Project" with Eric Chock, Darrell Lum, Juliet Kono, and Jean Toyama, moderated by Donald Carriera Ching and Ken Tokuno.
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We invite you to join us on Thursday, April 14 at 12PM HST for Ron Williams Jr.'s Brown Bag Biography, “From Research to Curriculum: Grassroots Strategies for Getting Your Life Stories into Classrooms.” Use the info on the poster or follow this link:

2022 is the Year of the Limu and we are preparing to release our Limu Hui oral histories this year!
@CivilBeat has a great story on limu out today:

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What Seaweed Can Tell Us About Our Environment In Hawaii

Native limu, which is linked to Hawaiian culture as well as the ecosystems it supports, faces threats from coastal...

Exciting News for my Friday

Just got our first Book Proofs

For Islands and Cultures

This was Years of efforts

Fantastic collaboration

And Now

Coming Soon via Yale Press

Circa. Nov 2022

Check out the upcoming Queer Studies Speaker Series on April 13th at 12pm HST featuring Dr. Tatiana Kalaniʻōpua Young. Register at @on_ws_studies @drlaniteves

Latest edition of #OralHistory journal out now! #Intersubjectivity. Have you got your copy? OHS members receive 2 printed copies of the Journal every year and are able to download past issues all the way back to 1972!

Articles in our spring issue are trickling out, including @crysbaik's provocative "From 'Best' to Situated and Relational: Notes Toward a Decolonizing Praxis" examining ownership and archival practices in #oralhistory. Start with this one and read on!

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From ”Best” to Situated and Relational: Notes Toward a Decolonizing Praxis

(2022). From “Best” to Situated and Relational: Notes Toward a Decolonizing Praxis. The Oral History Review. Ahead of Print.

In two weeks (after spring break), join us on Thursday, March 24 at noon (HST) to hear from Georganne Nordstrom, Kalilinoe Detwiler, and Kayla Watabu about “Indigenizing the Writing Center.” Use the info below or follow this link:

.@LocalContexts created the Traditional Knowledge (TK) labels for curating Indigenous collections using Research & Development funds and later created and taught a curriculum on using the labels with an Education & Training grant #PresAccessFunded

Check out this article from the College of Social Sciences highlighting the important and adaptive work that our @uhmcoh have been doing throughout these pandemic days. The link to the article is in our bio.

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