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Researching Local Topics: Books and Videos
A guide for researchers examining issues in the islands.
The UHMC Library houses thousands of books and videos about Hawai'i.
Most of the books are shelved in the Hawaiian history section of the library, however some exist that would be useful for local current events topics. In fact, over the past few years, we've seen an increase of ebooks and books-in-print about Hawai'i and Maui issues, such as those published about traffic, sustainability and the environment, and education.
Explore the library's video collections in the box marked Streaming Media.
Use our book catalog, Primo, to find library books available in print and online (ebooks).
Tips for Finding Books and Videos in Primo
The library's "catalog" (Primo) is a good place to start for finding books on any topic. Follow these steps for a Primo Quick Search for books:
1. To search the catalog go to the library homepage and type your keywords into the search box:
2. The default for Primo Quick Search is to search Everything. To make finding books easier, select UHMC Library from the drop down:
3. Click Search
4. On the search results page, you will see book and video titles listed (when available). The enter column displays your search results in relevancy-ranked order. To tweak your results to see just books or videos, select the Resource Type from the Tweak your Results column.
5. If you tweak your results for books only, you will get search results for books in print and ebooks. To find book in print, select Held by library from the Tweak my results column.
Academic Video Online (AVON) is a comprehensive video subscription delivering almost 70,000 titles spanning the widest range of subject areas including anthropology, business, counseling, film, health, history, music, and more.
Resource for the study of human culture, behavior and society around the world. Contains over 1,300 hours of streaming video, including ethnographic films, documentaries, select feature films, and previously unpublished fieldwork. From Alexander Street Press.
FOD is a comprehensive collection of educational videos and films covering academic and career and technical educations subject areas. Available streaming, 24/7.
Current Events in Hawai'i - The Value of Hawai‘i series
The contributors to these books share a belief that taking stock of our current issues, what we need to change, and what we need to remember is a challenge that all of us must meet. The brief essays in The Value of Hawai‘i series address a wide range of topics—education, the environment, Hawaiian issues, media, tourism, political culture, law, labor, economic planning, government, transportation, poverty, health, and the COVID-19 crisis.
The Value of Hawaiʻi 3"Hulihia" refers to massive upheavals that change the landscape, overturn the normal, reverse the flow, and sweep away the prevailing or assumed. We live in such days. Pandemics. Threats to ʻāina. Political dysfunction, cultural appropriation, and disrespect. But also powerful surges toward sustainability, autonomy, and sovereignty.
Publication Date: 2021-02-28
The Value of Hawaii 2How can more of us protect and create waiwai, value, for coming generations? Culturally-rich education. Holistic health systems. Organic farming and aquaculture. Creative and conscious urban development. Caring for one another across difference. Telling our stories. Continuing the conversation of The Value of Hawai'i: Knowing the Past, Shaping the Future, this new collection offers passionate and poignant visions for our shared futures in these islands. The fresh voices gathered in this book share their inspiring work and ideas for creating value, addressing a wide range of topics: community health, agriculture, public education, local business, energy, gender, rural lifestyles, sacred community, activism, storytelling, mo'olelo, migration, voyaging, visual art, music, and the 'āina we continue to love and mālama. By exploring connections to those who have come before and those who will follow after, the contributors to this volume recenter Hawai'i in our watery Pacific world. Their autobiographical essays will inspire readers to live consciously and lead as island people.
Publication Date: 2014-03-31
The Value of HawaiiHow did we get here? Three-and-a-half-day school weeks. Prisoners farmed out to the mainland. Tent camps for the migratory homeless. A blinkered dependence on tourism and the military for virtually all economic activity. The steady degradation of already degraded land. Contempt for anyone employed in education, health, and social service. An almost theological belief in the evil of taxes. At a time when new leaders will be elected, and new solutions need to be found, the contributors to The Value of Hawai'i outline the causes of our current state and offer points of departure for a Hawai'i-wide debate on our future. The brief essays address a wide range of topics--education, the environment, Hawaiian issues, media, tourism, political culture, law, labor, economic planning, government, transportation, poverty--but the contributors share a belief that taking stock of where we are right now, what we need to change, and what we need to remember is a challenge that all of us must meet.