Kekaulike Internships Summer 2019

We are currently recruiting for the Summer 2019 internship placements. We have partnered with several organizations to offer the following internship placements for continuing UH Mānoa Hawaiian undergraduate students.

The application is at the bottom of this page, with a deadline of April 21, 2019.

Option #1: UH Mānoa Hamilton Hawaiian Collection
Project: Strengthening our knowledge of moʻolelo published in the nūpepa
Mentor: Kapena Shim

The first pages of the nūpepa were reserved for moʻolelo. The history of our aliʻi, the epic tales of our akua and the many stories from and about other places were consistently published on the first pages of the nūpepa. Many of these moʻolelo have been compiled, translated, and re-published in many of the books we use today to understand our past and help guide us in the present. There are so many more moʻolelo out there in the nūpepa waiting to be found. The Hawaiian Collection of the Hawaiian and Pacific Collections is hosting a summer intern who will create a comprehensive index of the moʻolelo written on the first pages of the nūpepa from 1834-1948. Creating an index of these moʻolelo at this scale will not only help us connect to the stories documented in the nūpepa, it will also allow us to further analyze the editorial role of the nūpepa through the moʻolelo they were publishing. As an intern for this project, you will gain a strong understanding of the moʻolelo published, learn how to efficiently search for moʻolelo in the nūpepa, and create an index that will help the lāhui connect with more moʻolelo.

Option #2: UH Mānoa Hamilton Hawaiian Collection
Project: Creating stronger access points for Hawaiian genealogy research
Mentor: Kapena Shim

Do you like researching in the nūpepa, and want to spend your summer indexing and analyzing the coverage of birth, marriage, and death notices published in the nūpepa? Do you like genealogy research and are interested in helping others find information about their kūpuna. The Hawaiian Collection of the Hawaiian and Pacific Collections is hosting a summer intern who will index birth, marriage, and death notices published in the nūpepa from 1856 to 1870. This continues the work of a previous intern who indexed the years from 1834-1849. Indexing this period is critical because there are not a lot of government genealogy records that exist during that time. Your work as an intern would help fill in the gaps of records and help the lāhui today connect to the names of ancestors published in the nūpepa.

Option #3: Ahahui Kaʻahumanu (Kaʻahumanu Society)
Project: Hawaiian Benevolent Society Organizational Genealogy Project
Mentor: Pauline Namuʻo

The Ahahui Kaahumanu also known as the Kaahumanu Society, is the oldest Royal Hawaiian Benevolent Society community organization in the State of Hawaii with a membership of only Hawaiian women. This venerated organization was originally founded in 1863 during a social meeting of Princess Victoria Kamamalu, Chiefess Lydia Dominis (to become Queen Liliuokalani) and Chiefess Bernice Pauahi Bishop. Goals and objectives remain the same today:  care for members who are sick; provide for a decent burial; honoring Alii at Mauna Ala and Kawaiahao Church.  Chapter I, Honolulu is the mother Chapter with the authority to establish neighbor island chapters and only Hawaiian women remain members.

The intern for this project will assist in researching the Hawaiian language newspapers and other relevant resources during specific time periods of events that occurred which established and affected Ahahui Kaahumanu, also known as the Kaahumanu Society, for the purpose of a first Edition, comprehensive book of its establishment based on organizational records, research, and biographical stories of members. The organization would like to better understand the following time periods:

1862-1866:  Explore the political environment of the times and the status of Hawaiian women in the community.  Focus on key characters in the establishment of our organization.(Princess Victoria Kamamalu,  Chiefess Lydia Dominis, Chiefess Bernice Pauahi Bishop)

1866-1905:  What happened during this time?  How did these women get together at Kawaiahao Church?  Confirm details of what we know.

Option #4: Hawaiian Historical Society
Project: Special Collections & Archives
Mentor: Jennifer Higa

If your idea of a good time is getting lost in Hawaiʻi’s history, then this internship is for you!  Help us sort and process donations of photos, books, and other printed materials.  Build your skills in recognizing and caring for unique and rare collection items.  Help researchers to find information and learn about the variety of resources in-house and available on-line.  Working under the supervision of our librarian, you will assist researchers, care for our collection, and help us preserve Hawaiʻi’s history.

Option #5: Bishop Museum Archives
Mentor: Leah Caldeira

Reflecting the mission of the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum “to inspire our community and visitors through the exploration and celebration of history, culture, and environment,” the Museum’s Library & Archives preserves and makes accessible the most varied collections of published works and primary source materials related to Hawai‘i and the Pacific in the world. The collection includes over 125,000 historical publications, many in the Hawaiian language, and over one million historical photographs, films, works of art, manuscripts and audio recordings. As stewards of rich cultural and historical legacies, the Library & Archives are a source and center for Hawaiian and Pacific Island studies.

With the guidance of the collections staff, the 2019 NHSS Kekaulike Intern will participate in various aspects of the Library & Archives, with a focus on the digitization of archival materials and their associated records. Applicants interested in Hawaiian and Pacific history, museum studies, and information systems will gain experience working with primary-source documents and creating a digital collection.

Option #6: Bishop Museum Press
Mentor: Leah Caldeira

Bishop Museum Press, Hawai‘i’s oldest book publisher and one of the first scholarly publishers in the Western Hemisphere, was established in 1892. Over its long history, the Press has published over 1,200 titles and distributed over 1,000,000 books in 72 countries worldwide. Many of the Museum’s titles, such as Te Rangi Hiroa’s Arts & Crafts of Hawaii, and Mary Kawena Pukui’s ‘Ōlelo No‘eau: Hawaiian Proverbs and Poetical Sayings, are considered seminal works in the field of Hawaiian culture and history. More recent publications resonate with new generations and have expanded our collective understanding and appreciation of Hawai‘i’s rich cultural and natural history. The current mission of Bishop Museum Press is to put back into print the many deserving titles that have gone out of print in recent years.

The Bishop Museum Press summer 2019 intern will assist the small Press staff with various tasks such as book fulfillment; moving, organizing, and inventorying stock; cleaning; filing; and other tasks as assigned. The experience will allow the intern to gain an understanding of the day-to-day operations of a small, nonprofit Hawaiʻi publisher. The intern will need to have the ability to lift boxes of up to 35 lbs. and to work in sometimes dusty or dirty environments.

Option #7: UH Mānoa Hamilton University Archives
Project: Hawaiian Students, Faculty & Community at the University of Hawaiʻi
Mentor: Helen Smith

Internship in the University Archives provides an opportunity to learn and apply standards and best practices processing primary resources of permanent value. You will learn these and other skill sets with a Certified Archivist with 30+ years of working in private, non-profit, academic, and government Hawaiian collections. Knowledge and practice of the nuances of archives will enhance your research skills!

Option #8: Kanaeokana
Mentor: Kamaoli Kuwada

Kanaeokana is a network of over 60 kula Hawaiʻi, ‘āina-based hui, and Hawaiian organizations collaborating to nurture the next generations of aloha ʻāina leaders. Interns would be working on behalf of Kanaeokana kula kaiapuni to produce learning materials for these contexts. Preferred candidates would have a high degree of Hawaiian language proficiency and some experience in any of these areas: creative or persuasive writing, graphic design, digital illustration, videography, website development, social media promotion, coding, or curriculum development.

Option #9: Mission House Museum Archives & Library
Mentor: John Barker

The Library Intern is under the supervision of the Curator of Archives during working hours. The intern performs various duties as assigned for the operation of the library and assisting where needed. No previous training or special knowledge of library procedures not required.

Option #10:House Representative: Vice Chair for Higher Education
Mentor: Amy Peruso

Representative Amy Perusso represents the House District46 in the Hawai’i State House Legislature. She currently sits on the House committees for Lower and Higher Education, Agriculture and Tourism and International Affairs. Her 2019 legislative priorities are stated as, economic justice, educational opportunity, aloha ‘āina, and health and human rights. This internship will work in Representative Peruso’s office 2-3 days a week over the summer on a number of special projects.

Option #11: Commission on the Status of Women in Hawaiʻi
Mentor: Khara Jabola-Carolus

The Hawaiʻi State Commission Status of Women was created by executive order in 1964 to coordinate research, planning, programming, and action on the opportunities, needs, problems, and contributions of women in Hawaiʻi.In 1970, the Commission was codified into state law and legislatively instructed to correct the unequal status of women in Hawaiʻi.

The intern will play a lead role in the development of a report on missing and murdered Native Hawaiian women and girls in Honolulu County. The intern will responsible for data collection under the guidance of the Scientific Research Director of the Urban Indian Health Institute and Executive Director of the Commission. Research will be modeled after the multi-pronged methodology of UIHI’s 2018 report Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, which assessed the number and dynamics of missing and murdered American Indian and Alaskan Native women and girls across the United States. The intern will be trained to collect data from Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests to law enforcement agencies, state and national missing persons databases, searches of local and regional news media online archives, public social media posts, and direct contact with family and community members who volunteer information on missing or murdered loved ones. This internship is a unique opportunity to learn alongside national experts in Native research, institutional racism, and violence against women.


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