The University of Hawaii student yearbooks, “Ka Palapala,” are now available online.
UH published the yearbooks from 1916 to 1968, and the grayscale content include photos of seniors, student organizations, and sceneries from campus life. Content emblematic of their times include the former Home Economics department, beauty pageants, and ethnic clubs.
Dore Minatodani, a Hawaiian Collection Librarian, said people look at the yearbooks to research UH history and former UH students including people of historical interest and family members.
“The yearbooks are from a time when UH was a smaller institution,” said Dore. “A yearbook today would be unfeasible, because the number of students and programs have increased so much.”
Previously, the only way to access them was to view their physical copies in Hamilton Library.
Hamilton Library’s Desktop Network Services department head Martha Chantiny and digital repository specialist Jennifer Beamer coordinated this project. Programmer Daniel Ishimitsu provided technical support. Students Creighton Chan and Alicia Yanagihara performed the digitization. Hamilton Library’s Hawaiian/Pacific Collection provided the yearbooks for scanning. UH Manoa’s ScholarSpace, the institutional repository, is hosting the collection online.
UH Manoa Library would like to digitize and upload more yearbooks, but this project’s progress depends on funding. If you would like to help preserve UH history, please donate to the library’s innovation and technology fund.
Ka Palapala, UH Yearbooks