Center for Oral History

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.

Sub-communities and Collections within this community

Sub-communities

437

Communities

35

A Social History of Kona

33

Kalihi: Place of Transition

35

Koloa: An Oral History of a Kaua‘i Community

23

Lana‘i Ranch: The People of Ko‘ele and Keomuku

70

Waialua and Haleiwa: The People Tell Their Story

13

Waialua and Haleiwa: The People Tell Their Story, Volume 1

9

Waialua and Haleiwa: The People Tell Their Story, Volume 2

9

Waialua and Haleiwa: The People Tell Their Story, Volume 3

6

Waialua and Haleiwa: The People Tell Their Story, Volume 4

49

Waipiʻo : Māno Wai

20

Waipiʻo : Māno Wai, Volume 1

29

Waipiʻo : Māno Wai, Volume 2

42

Ethnic Groups

15

Life Histories of Native Hawaiians

11

Oral Histories of African Americans

16

Uchinanchu: A History of Okinawans in Hawai‘i

69

Government

44

Hawai‘i Political History Documentation Project

12

Public Education in Hawai‘i: Oral Histories

13

The State Foundation on Culture and the Arts: An Oral History

194

Historical Events

35

An Era of Change: Oral Histories of Civilians in World War II Hawai‘i

12

Captive on the U.S. Mainland: Oral Histories of Hawai‘i-born Nisei

10

Hui Panalāʻau: Hawaiian Colonists in the Pacific, 1935-1942

11

Perspectives on Hawai‘i’s Statehood

29

Individual Lives

3

An Oral History of Robert Richards Midkiff

3

An Oral History of Sidney Kosasa

2

Collected Oral Histories

7

Five Life Histories

93

Occupations

13

Ka Po‘e Kau Lei: An Oral History of Hawai‘i’s Lei Sellers

14

Kona Heritage Stores

35

Stores and Storekeepers of Pa‘ia and Pu‘unene, Maui

13

The Oroku, Okinawa Connection: Local-Style Restaurants in Hawai‘i


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