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Korean Passengers Arriving at Honolulu, 1903–1905

List of Korean passengers arriving in Honolulu from 1903 to 1905, transcribed from steamship passenger manifests. This 193-page document lists 7,415 arriving passengers and includes lists of the ships on which they traveled and a chronological list of the voyages. Revised in July 2004. This file is 9.9M in length. It is an Adobe Acrobat (PDF) file and requires the Acrobat Reader, which can be downloaded free by clicking on the icon at the left.

Passports Issued to Koreans in Hawai‘i, 1910–1924

List of passports issued to Koreans in Hawai‘i by the Japanese government between 1910 and 1924. Transcribed from records in the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This 46-page document is 2.5M in length. This is an Adobe Acrobat (PDF) file and requires the Acrobat Reader, which can be downloaded free by clicking on the icon at the left.

Early Membership of Korean Methodist Churches in Hawai‘i

Membership list of the early Korean Methodist churches in Hawai‘i transcribed from lists kept in the superintendent’s files at the Hawai‘i District Office of the United Methodist Church. This 50-page document is 2.5M in length. This is an Adobe Acrobat (PDF) file and requires the Acrobat Reader, which can be downloaded free by clicking on the icon at the left.

Korean Ministerial Appointments to Hawai‘i Methodist Churches, 1906–2000

A chronologically arranged list of Koreans appointed to ministerial positions in Methodist churches in the Hawaiian Islands from 1906 to 2000, compiled from the minutes of the annual sessions of the Hawaii Mission of the Methodist Episcopal Church (the present United Methodist Church). This 60-page document is 2.6M in length. This is an Adobe Acrobat (PDF) file and requires the Acrobat Reader, which can be downloaded free by clicking on the icon at the left.

Hawai‘i Contributors to the Defense of An Chunggŭn, 1909–1910

On October 26, 1909, An Chunggŭn assassinated Itō Hirobumi, the former Japanese resident general of Korea, in Harbin, China. An was arrested, tried, and sentenced to death by a Japanese court and executed on March 26 (March 25 in Hawai‘i), 1910. Koreans in Hawai‘i collected funds for his defense from December 1909 through March 1910. During that period, 1,595 Koreans contributed $2,921 in donations of 25 cents to $15. This list of donors was transcribed from Daedong wein An Chunggŭn jon (Biography of the Great An Chunggŭn), published in August 1911 in Honolulu. This 87-page document is 1.5M in length. This is an Adobe Acrobat (PDF) file and requires the Acrobat Reader, which can be downloaded free by clicking on the icon at the left.

The Halla Huhm Dance Collection: An Inventory and Finding Aid

A detailed inventory of the Halla Huhm Dance Collection housed at the University of Hawai‘i Center for Korean Studies. Halla Pai Huhm (Pae Yŏng-ja; 1922–1994), performer and teacher, was a key figure in promoting and preserving the practice of Korean dance in Hawai‘i. The collection includes still photographs, films, newspaper clippings, performance programs, correspondence, awards, and other related ephemera documenting Halla Pai Huhm's activities in Hawai‘i and those of her dance studio in Honolulu from approximately 1949 through her death in 1994, as well as studio activities through 1997. This 205-page document is 2.3M in length. This is an Adobe Acrobat (PDF) file and requires the Acrobat Reader, which can be downloaded free by clicking on the icon at the left.

The Tongjihoe Collection: A List of Archival Materials

Finding aid for the Tongjihoe Collection at the University of Hawaii Center for Korean Studies. The collection consists of an incomplete set of the records of the Hawaii branch of the organization, established in 1921. The materials in the collection span 1925 to 1910 and include financial records, newsletters, bulletins, articles, correspondence, photographs, bills, receipts, reports, minutes of meetings, and membership records. This is an Adobe Acrobat PDF file (7M in length) and requires the Acrobat Reader or similar software.

Koreans in Honolulu Newspapers, 1903–1945

An index to mentions of Korea and Koreans in Honolulu's two major newspapers, The Pacific Commercial Advertiser/Honolulu Advertiser and Hawaiian Star/Honolulu Star-Bulletin. This is an Adobe Acrobat PDF file (840K in length) and requires the Acrobat Reader or similar software.

The Writings of Henry Cu Kim: Autobiography with Commentaries on Syngman Rhee, Pak Yong-man, and Chong Sun-man by Henry C. Kim

Edited and translated by Dae-Sook Suh. This edition was published by the Center for Korean Studies in 1987. This is an Adobe Acrobat PDF file (14.4 megabytes in length) and requires the Acrobat Reader or similar software.

The Centennial of Korean Immigration Banquet Program

This thirty-four-page program for the Korean centennial banquet held in January 2003 contains contains useful reference material: Short biographies of twenty-seven eminent Koreans in Hawaii; a chronology of Korean American activities in Hawaii; and essays by Evelyn Choi Shon, Margaret Chung, and Esther Kwon Arinaga. This is an Adobe Acrobat PDF file and requires the Acrobat Reader or similar software.