The fund account was officially established by the University of Hawaii Office of Research Services effective September 16, 1999. The request for duplication of the microfilm reels was submitted shortly thereafter, and the search for a student assistant to fill the scanning position began. The duplicated reels arrived October 15, 1999. A graduate student was hired 2 weeks later. Unfortunately that student simply stopped reporting for work in mid-February. Another student was hired in mid-April. The training period was protracted, and regrettably, the student was not able to develop much speed in the work. However, a basic format for the presentation of the newspaper images was developed and a framework of HTML documents was established.
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The Library will be undergoing renovation and asbestos removal, requiring the relocation of equipment and staff. It is hoped that the scanning work will resume during the summer, and that one or more Library and Information Studies (LIS) students will sign on for internship work on the scanning during the Fall 2001 semester. Since the framework of the Kuokoa pages is defined, and the parameters of the scanning work were documented as a result of this project - future work on the rest of the reels should proceed more rapidly if motivated student(s) can be found to do the work.