Collections

Collections

The University of Hawai`i collections have historically served as major humanities resources for scientific, ethnographic, historical, and cultural studies. Asia-Pacific expertise and culture permeate the UH museum collections. As technology has revolutionized scholarly communication through the development of the Internet, the University of Hawai’i has become increasingly committed to developing initiatives in digital preservation, storage and delivery of natural history specimen and museum content. The University’s Master Plan includes an objective to “build digital library services and operations” where a broad range of information is accessible directly to the public via computer networks. This goal is also in parallel with the University Library’s Strategic Plan.

The University of Hawai’i System includes 10 campuses and dozens of educational, training and research centers across the Hawaiian Islands. The 10 UH campuses and educational centers on six Hawai’ian Islands provide unique opportunities for distance learning. Total enrollment is currently 50,569 (Undergraduate 44,165; Graduate 6,404) with approximately 13% of the students being of Native Hawaiian ancestry. Hawai’i’s geographic position between in the Pacific creates opportunities for international leadership and influence.

An estimated inventory of the museum collections is presented below.

 University Museum Consortium Holdings
Non-Living Collections
Total Objects
Contact
Costume Clothing
15,000
Shu-Hwa Lin
Ethnomusicology Instrument and Archive
4500
Dr. Frederick Lau
Fish Bone Reference
250
Lab Manager
Fishes (alcohol)
5000
Dr. Kathleen Cole
Hawaiian Marine Shells
100
Lab Manager
Herbarium
42,000
Dr. Tom Ranker
Insect
250,000
Dr. Dan Rubinoff
Jean Charlot
10,000
TBA
John Young Museum of Art
85
Rodney Bengston
UH Photographic Images Collection
25,000
Dr. Michael Thomas
UHM Library Digital Collections Lynn Davis
UHM Campus Art in Public Places
75
UHM
Living Collections
Harold L. Lyon Arborertum
6000 species
Dr. Christopher Dunn
KCC Campus Plants
20 species
KCC Campus
KCC Cactus Garden
100 species
Moriso Teraoka
UHH Cycad and Palm Garden
186 species
Dr. Don Hemmes
UHM Campus Plants
700 species
Roxanne Adams
UHM Kanewai Cultural Garden
50 species
Hiapo
UHM Krauss Hall Lotus Garden
10 species
Roxanne Adams
UHM St. John Courtyard Garden
75 species
Dr. Tom Ranker
UHM Sherman Lab Courtyard Garden
20 species
Roxanne Adams
Waikiki Aquarium
450 species
Dr. Andrew Rossiter
 Galleries
Hamilton Library Galleries (UHM)
temporary exhibits
UH Hamilton Library
UH Art Gallery (UHM)
temporary exhibits
Rodney Bengston
Gallery ‘Iolani (WCC)
temporary
exhibits
Toni Martin