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Hawaiian & Pacific Collections Department: COVID-19 Updates

Hawaiian & Pacific Collections Hours

COVID-19 Update: Please see updates here.

Summer Semesters (May 23-August 12, 2022)

Reading Room and Chat Reference

Mon-Fri, 10am-4pm

* Closed on holidays: 5/30, 6/10, 7/4


Interim Period (August 15-18, 2022)

Reading Room and Chat Reference

Mon-Fri, 10am-2pm

* Closed on holiday: 8/19

You may reach out to us via methods below at any time.

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Update, May 24, 2022

Effective Wednesday, May 25, 2022, face masks are once again required indoors across the University of Hawaiʻi System, except when working alone or separated from others by 6 feet or more. Restoration of this practice, consistent with current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations, was recommended by UH medical and public health experts and the State of Hawaiʻi Department of Health and affirmed by UH leadership.

Reinstatement of the comprehensive indoor mask requirement will help prevent further spread of the COVID-19 virus and better protect the health of students and employees as every county in the state but one is currently assessed to have a “high” level of COVID-19 community transmission by the CDC. Only Hawaiʻi County is still rated “medium.” The CDC also ranks the state as 4th highest in the nation with an average 7-day case rate of 495.9 cases per 100,000 people.

The indoor face mask requirement will remain in place and be re-evaluated when the level of COVID-19 transmission in the state decreases.

Please continue to follow the UH COVID-19 Guidelines except as described above regarding masking.

Update, March 28, 2022

COVID Update, March 28, 2022

Update for visiting researchers
The Hawaiian and Pacific Collections reading room is open to the public. Research appointments are no longer required.

While appointments for visiting researchers are no longer required, we strongly recommend that visitors contact us in advance to consult on your research topics, so that we can help you to maximize your time in our collections. Emails sent to will be forwarded to the proper Hawaiian or Pacific collection librarian.

Requests for HP materials may be submitted through OneSearch (instructions can be found here); materials will be available for pickup or for use in our reading room within 15 minutes.

Update for UH-Mānoa course instructors
We are now also able to host class visits for UH-Mānoa courses, with advance appointments. To request a class visit, please email


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