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HWST 107A - Hawaii: Center of the Pacific (Honors): Home

About this Guide

Researching Hawaiian individuals from the late 19th century to the early 20th century is a very complicated, multi-layered research process. But very doable! Your job is to find all of those instances your person is mentioned across a vast body of secondary and primary sources. This guide will help you do just that. The purpose of this guide to to serve as your research launching pad instructing you on how to get started and where to look. Once you have researched all the resources listed on this guide, you should have a basic understanding of who your person is. Your job then as a researcher is to use this basic understanding to explore related aspects of this person's life, with the goal of finding more information. For instance, you may learn that your person was a legislator in 1905 and was instrumental in advocating for the creation of the College of Hawaii.  You will then want to look for information about the 1905 legislative session and a book about the College of Hawaii's history. I am here to help you along the way  Please feel free to e-mail me with any questions you have and if you would like to set up a research appointment. To begin your research, I recommend you start with the tab  on the left and work your way down.


January 11 - May 13

Reading Room and Reference Desk
MON-FRI: 9:00am-5:00pm
SATURDAY: closed
SUNDAY: 1:00-5:00pm

Circulation Desk
MON-FRI: 9:00-5:00pm
SATURDAY: closed
SUNDAY: closed

All Library Hours

Welina Mai!

Aloha and welcome!

The Hawaiian and Pacific Collections are internationally recognized research collections. All formats, languages and levels of treatment are collected Many of the items in the collection are unique and irreplaceable.

Located on the fifth floor of Hamilton Library, the reading room is a quiet, pleasant area conducive to serious research and study.

  • Wireless internet, a flatbed scanner, and photocopy machines are available.
  • Most materials (except rare, fragile, or tightly bound) may be photocopied in accordance with copyright laws.
  • The Hawaiian and Pacific Collections have their own reference and circulation service, as well as their own hours.

Friendly Reminders

  • No bags, purses, computer and tablet cases
  • Lockers take quarters, can borrow one from circulation counter.
  • No food or drinks, including water bottles
  • Silence ringers please -- no phone calls in reading room

Hawai'i Specialist Librarian

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Kapena Shim
Hawaiian Collection, Hamilton Library

Fifth Floor, Office 508
Hamilton Library
2550 McCarthy Mall
Honolulu. HI 96822