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Kapunawai hosts Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death (ROD) Display

February 13, 2019 by aapaikai | 0 comments

Leeward library is thrilled to be hosting a new exhibit on Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death (ROD) in Kapunawai for the Spring 2019 semester.  ROD was detected in 2014 within forests located on Hawaiʻi island. Since then, the fungal disease has rapidly spread, killing hundreds of thousands of trees and drastically impacting our native forests.  In May 2018, ROD was discovered on Kauaʻi, making it the second island in the archipelago to be plagued with the disease. (College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources

This exhibit was developed by University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Science and Technology Department librarians and was on display at Hamilton Library in 2018.  The exhibit includes some components that are on loan from Lyon Arboretum as well as library resources.

Rapid Ohia Death Display

In addition to the exhibit, the library will host Marian Chau, the Seed Conservation Lab Manager at the Lyon Arboretum, and Ambyr Mokiao-Lee, the Statewide Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death Outreach Coordinator, for a ʻŌhiʻa Seed Conservation Workshop and Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death informational presentation.  Please join us on March 29, 2019 from 8am-11am to learn more about conserving our beloved ʻŌhiʻa!

Ohia Seed Conservation Workshop Flyer

If you or your students are interested in creating or collaborating on any programming or events that align with this exhibit, please contact Annemarie at or x390

For more information about Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death and it’s impacts on our forests, please visit to this Leeward library libguide for online and print resources related to ʻŌhiʻa and ROD.

March 1, 2016

Recovery Week #2: Hawaiian-Pacific Collection Water Damage

On February 12, over 1/3 of our Hawaiian-Pacific Collection was endangered by water that fell through the ceiling from an AC condensate pan. We spent the past week assessing the damage. 52 titles have been deemed damaged beyond repair, and will be replaced if they are still being published. Another 43 items are awaiting assessment.

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We created a temporary staging area between our periodicals and Reference Collection. Please do not hesitate to ask for assistance if you’re looking for an item.

More information here.


February 22, 2016

Hawaiian-Pacific Collection–Water Damage Update–Week 1

As you may recall, on February 12, over 1/3 of our Hawaiian-Pacific collection was damaged by water that fell through the ceiling from an AC condensate pan. We spent the past week acquiring wood and cement blocks, and made a plan-of-action for dealing with the damaged items. Of the 700 titles that were pulled from the collection, well over half are waiting to be sent back to the shelves. The remaining 261 titles are being treated for water damage.

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For information about acquiring Hawaiian-Pacific resources that are not listed above or are not located in the Hawaii-Pacific Resource Room, please reference this Libguide.

Pictures from week 1 of the restoration process:

February 15, 2016
by Wayde Oshiro

Partial Closure of Hawaiian-Pacific Collection Effective Immediately

On Friday February 12, the Library’sIMG_3585 Hawaiian-Pacific Collection, 3rd Floor, suffered serious water damage after an AC condensate pan in the ceiling dumped 15-20 gallons of accumulated water onto several book shelf ranges. Library staff immediately moved 1,000 volumes to the outside lanai for assessment. Several dozen volumes deemed difficult to replace were transported to the UHM Hamilton Library cold storage facility for freezing. Approximately 700 volumes were left to air dry in our Quiet Study Area over the weekend.

This week, librarians and staff under the direction of Keahiahi Long, Hawaii-Pacific Resources Librarian, and Jue Wang, Technical Services Librarian, will begin the process of assessing the damaged volumes and determining whether titles can be preserved and retained, or must be replaced. The books in cold storage will be evaluated at a later date under the professional guidance of the UHM Libraries Preservation Department.

The Library is taking immediate action to preserve affected materials and will order replacements, as available and necessary, but the short-term impact on students is that approximately one-third of the Hawaiian-Pacific Collection is unavailable. Librarians will make every attempt to locate needed materials, but be aware that H-P materials at the majority of UH System libraries are not available for intra-campus loan so students may need to travel to other campuses for access.

The Library will provide further updates on our collection recovery via this blog. Special thanks to Didier Lenglare and Eileen Cain for their offers of assistance and support in the immediate aftermath and recovery last week.

Mahalo for your understanding and support.

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