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In addition to our traditional labor law library and labor history archive containing books, files and materials for use at the Center, we are engaged in an ongoing program to preserve and digitize holdings for on line access. This eLibrary of resources is a 'work in progress' and it is our hope will be enlarged as time and money permits.

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The Aloha Trade: Hawaii's Hotel Industry, 1941-1987 by Bernard W. Stern (Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i, Center for Labor Education & Research, 1989).
Aupuni i Lā'au: A History of Hawai'i's Carpenters Union Local 745 by Edward D. Beechert (Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i, Center for Labor Education & Research, 1993)
The Hilo Massacre: Hawaii's Bloody Monday, August 1st, 1938 (Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i, Center for Labor Education & Research, 1988).
A newspaper published from 1948 through 1958, consisting of ten volumes and 5,056 pages of text; a chronicle of the worker perspective and labor movement in Hawaiʻi. [WIP]
Rutledge Unionism: Labor Relations in the Honolulu Transit Industry by Bernard W. Stern (Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i, Center for Labor Education & Research, 1986).
PDF downloadable version of CLEAR Guide to Hawaiʻi Labor History by William J. Puette (Kapolei: University of Hawai‘i - West Oʻahu, Center for Labor Education & Research, 2018).

Online Rice & Roses Streaming Videos
In 1949 the ILWU led this 171 day strike challenging the wage pattern whereby Hawai‘i workers received significantly lower pay than their West Coast counterparts. With compelling first-hand accounts and dramatizations the program depicts how Hawaii's dock workers suffered "red-baiting" and unrelenting attacks by the local media and corporate powers of the day brought back to life in photographs, film footage and the the storied accounts of those who lived through it like Ah Quon McElrath, Bud Smyser, Henry Walker, Jr., Mamoru Yamasaki, Senator Inouye and many of the striking longshoremen, including Joe Kahapea, Joe Kahee, Herman Kila, Levi Kealoha. (1999, 60 minutes).
About twenty six thousand sugar workers and their families, 76 thousand people in all, began a 79-day strike on September 1, 1946 that completely shut down 33 of Hawai'i's 34 plantations. Produced 50 years after this landmark strike this program shows how it forever changed the islands economically, politically, and socially ushering in a new era of participatory democracy both on the plantations and throughout Hawai‘i's political and social institutions. The show features an array of never-before-seen photos, artifacts and interviews with surviving strikers, their relatives and friends from all the islands who organized the food-kitchens and support committees. (1996, 60 minutes).
Made at the time, Dr. Puette was writing the book, The Hilo Massacre: Hawai‘i's Bloody Monday, August 1st, 1938. Like the book, this video documentary is a look at the beginning of the modern labor era in Hawai‘i and the longshoremen and women who organized the Hilo waterfront during the 1930s, featuring Puette's Hilo interviews and actual film of the Hilo Massacre where peaceful demonstrators were gassed, hosed, then shot by police on August 1, 1938. (1986, 30 minutes).