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Native Hawaiian Materials Archive Receives Funding

Posted on | September 25, 2009 | Comments Off

UH System’s Academy for Creative Media received an additional $238,000 of federal funding for the Henry Kuʻualoha Giugni Archives Beta Pilot Program from the U.S. Department of Education with the support of U.S. Senators Daniel Inouye and Daniel Akaka. The HKG Archives, a digital and material archive intended to perpetuate and share the special history and culture of Native Hawaiians and the people of Hawaiʻi, honors the former United States Senate sergeant-at-arms who died in 2005. He was the first person of color and the first of Polynesian ancestry to hold the position.

The funding will primarily be used to run the HKG Archives Beta Pilot Program scheduled to commence in October. This pilot program seeks to create a representative digital collection of Hawaiian film, video and audio materials related to the history, culture and issues of Native Hawaiians and the people of Hawaiʻi. Its focus is to foster a collaborative environment around the common challenge of how to preserve and present Hawaiʻi’s rich media heritage as well as producing new material for the archive.

The establishment of the HKG Archives at ACM was made possible through the efforts of Henry Giugni’s daughter, local filmmaker Heather Giugni of Juniroa Productions Inc.

“Heather and I are extraordinarily grateful for this second phase of funding by Senators Inouye and Akaka which will allow the HKG Archives to begin the collection, restoration, digitization and online access of Hawaiʻi’s moving image history,” says Chris Lee, founder and director of the Academy for Creative Media and principal investigator for this grant.

Read the news release.

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