Monday, September 30, 2019

ANNOUNCEMENT: YEAR 2019-2020 Ret. Brig. General Frances Iwalani Mossman Award for Excellence in History Education

Retired Brig. Gen. Frances Iwalani Mossman (center)

Out of respect and in gratitude to the late Retired Brig. General Frances Iwalani Mossman, History Education Hawaii, Inc., the Hawaii allied council of the National Council for History Education (NCHE) announces that our annual History Educator of the Year Award will henceforth be called the Ret. Brig. General Frances Iwalani Mossman Award for Excellence in History Education.

History Education Hawaii, Inc., is pleased to announce that the Ret. Brig. General Frances Iwalani Mossman Award for Excellence in History Education for the Year 2019-2020 goes to the History Theater Program of the Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives. 

Audiences in Hawaii and beyond have been enjoying dramatic encounters with actors portraying individuals who played important roles in the history of Hawai’i. Meticulous research on these historical individuals is conducted from primary resource materials, providing audiences with a truly authentic portrayal of a rich, complicated history found only in Hawaii. 

Presently, the Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives commemorates the 200th anniversary of the first Congregational mission to Hawai'i with The Hawai'i, New England Connection, a first-ever 30-day tour of History Theatre, panel discussions, and cultural events. This series explores the history and contemporary results of the intersection of New England and Hawaiian culture, which began in 1819 when the first missionaries left Boston for Hawai'i and continues today.

The Hawai'i, New England Connection features a one-man play, My Name is 'Ōpūkaha'ia. Performed by Moses Goods, Hawai'i's premier actor, storyteller, and writer, it recounts the life of 'Ōpūkaha'ia, a young Native Hawaiian man who would change the history of Hawai'i forever with his arrival in New England. Events also include discussion panels with New England and Hawai'i scholars, school workshops, and performances of Hawaiian songs and chants.

Retired Brigadier General Frances Iwalani Mossman passed away on July 7th 2018 at her home in Mililani. Frances' contribution to the defense of our nation and her life in both government and private capacity resulted in numerous accomplishments. Among her many interests and accomplishments was history education, leading her in 2006 with Jeffrey Bingham Mead and John S. Carroll to be the co-founders of History Education Hawaii, Inc. Her foresight, wisdom, leadership and vision touched many lives in Hawaii, around the United States of America and beyond. 

Mossman was President of the Hawaii International Dispute Resolution Group LLC.  She was a Planning and Policy Consultant with over forty-five years of combined experience in national security and defense, international relations and domestic programs at the federal, state, regional and local levels of government, specializing in urban development, infrastructure, land use planning, legislation and policies and procedures.

Mossman earned a Juris Doctor degree from The George Washington University National Law Center, a B.A. from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and did graduate work at the University of California, Berkeley in political science, history, international relations and economics.  She was a Certified Planner as designated by the American Institute of Certified Planners. 

A mediator and facilitator with experience in a wide range of issues and types of disputes, Mossman was a panel member of the State Judiciary’s Hawaii Appellate Conference Program and mediates cases on appeal.  She was an Arbitrator for the Regulated Industries Complaints Office (RICO), Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, State of Hawaii.

Mossman was appointed by the Veterans Administration to the Homeless Veterans Task Force for Hawai’i and Chair of its Housing Committee.

From 1986 to 1998, Mossman worked for the City and County of Honolulu in land use, zoning, transportation, long-range planning and as Senior Legislative Analyst for the Honolulu City Council.  Her last City position was as Chief Planner and Executive Assistant to the Director of the Planning Department.  Prior to that, she served as Senior Planner in the Environmental Management Agency, General Planning Division and as Chief of Zoning and Special Projects for Orange County, California.  

Ms. Mossman worked for the RAND Corporation for many years as Associate Economist, Systems Analyst and Editor in the Santa Monica, California and Washington, D.C. offices.  She worked for Planning Research Corporation (PRC) as an Associate/Intelligence Analyst in Washington, D.C. and for the Public Policy Research Organization at the University of California, Irvine.  After a military career in air traffic control and flight facilities, intelligence, plans and policy, programs and resources and assignments on the Air Staff in Washington, D.C., she retired from the United States Air Force as a Brigadier General. 

Mossman was a Member of the Board of Directors of the Association for Conflict Resolution and was Chair of its Legislative & Public Policy Committee.  She served as Chair of ACR’s Commercial Section and was a Member of the Board of Directors for the Hawaii Chapter of ACR.  She was a member of the American Bar Association and participated in the International (China Committee) and Dispute Resolution (Mediation Committee) Sections.  She was a member of the American Planning Association (APA), the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) and the World Future Society (National Coordinator for Hawaii).

Friday, May 18, 2018

History Education Hawaii, Inc., (HEH) Announces Strategic Partnership with Beijing AmBridge International Culture Development, Ltd.

History Education Hawaii, Inc., (HEH) the Honolulu-based nonprofit allied council of the National Council for History Education ( announces the ground-breaking strategic partnership with Beijing AmBridge International Culture Development, Ltd., in China.

"History Education Hawaii's mission is a unique one, for our mission is not just to promote history education in Hawaii, but also the Asia–Pacific Rim," said HEH president and cofounder Jeffrey Bingham Mead. "This first-of-its-kind strategic partnership with a trusted, reputable Chinese institution is a win-win for all. At no previous time in history has there been a need for Americans in Chinese to understand each other's histories. Our shared goal is to enhance Chinese and American understanding and friendship through educational and cultural activities through the exchange of ideas, perspectives and experiences with a focus on historical scholarship."

"Historians, history teachers, students and history buffs in both nations can look forward to new, imaginative and innovative partnerships," Mead said.

Based in the Chinese capital, Beijing AmBridge International Culture Development, Ltd., is a public relations and communications firm focused on establishing cross-cultural relationships, programs and initiatives between Chinese and American cultural advocates and institutions. It is the title sponsor of the Marvels of China: Pathways to the Pacific Rim Show that broadcasts weekly from 1490 WGCH/, Greenwich, Connecticut USA.

"I am proud of the individuals and hard work that has gone into making this partnership possible. A rising tide lifts all ships, and we see benefits for Chinese and American historians, history educators, students and more. We look forward to expanding our outreach through online and imaginative modalities at a time of historic change in the Asia Pacific Region. With Beijing AmBridge's help we will have access to many of China's most reputable historians, history educators, schools and heritage institutions."

The mission of the National Council for History Education promotes historical literacy by encouraging and creating opportunities for teachers and students to benefit from more history, better taught. 

Founded in 2006 originally as the History Education Council of Hawaii, History Education Hawaii, Inc., is a non-partisan non-profit organization that collaborates with educational institutions and individuals focusing on the history of the State of Hawaii and the Asia-Pacific region, while setting a high standard of historical scholarship by encouraging the use of the latest technological innovations. 

Learn more at and HistoryEducationalHawaii.Org. 

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Announcement: Call for Proposals for NCHE National Conference 2019, Washington, DC: Exercising Power: Individuals and Institutions in History

Exercising Power: Individuals and Institutions in History

NCHE National Conference

Washington, DC
March 14-16, 2019
Fun Receptions and Interesting Enrichment Excursions to Historic Sites
More than 70 Breakout Sessions and over 30 Exhibitors

It was impossible not to feel a sense of hope as the Cold War began to thaw and the Soviet Union, under the leadership of Mikhail Gorbachev, embarked upon a new era of political openness and economic reform. Gorbachev represented a new path for the fledgling Russian state, one that many believed would lead to a western style democratic-capitalism. But in August of 1991, Gorbachev was placed under house arrest and his reforms were quickly done away with. In an iconic moment, Boris Yeltsin, recently elected as President of the Russian Republic, stood atop a tank outside the parliament building and urged Russians to resist the military takeover. To the surprise of many, soldiers disobeyed their orders and even joined the resistance. Individuals had taken a stand against the might of the Russian military establishment and set the country on a new course.
Over time, however, Yeltsin’s rule became increasingly autocratic. Already weak institutions began to buckle as Yeltsin issued edicts eroding the authority of the nation’s courts and legislature. As the country lurched towards authoritarianism, Yeltsin resigned and appointed Vladimir Putin as his successor. Decades later Putin remains in power and Russian democracy remains a Potemkin village. Without a robust system of institutions to serve as a check on presidential power, Russians face an illiberal democracy where the rule of law remains a hope not a reality.
It was a passionate desire to change our reality that led Rachel Carson to write on environmental issues and reframe our relationship with the natural world. An avid bird-watcher and prodigious researcher, she had grown increasingly concerned about the deleterious effects of chemical pesticides on the environment and people’s health. With the publication of her best-selling work Silent Spring in 1962, she helped stoke an environmental consciousness in many Americans and raised the ire of those who believed that pesticides would boost agricultural production and save lives. Ultimately, her work pushed the federal government to create the Environmental Protection Agency and to deliberately tackle issues of pollution and environmental degradation.   

Mohandas Gandhi’s vision of a free India came about not only through the use of mass mobilization but also from his understanding of how to challenge the authority of British institutions.  It was those same British institutions, however, that aided India during the early days of independence as India’s parliament modeled itself after British practices. When Rosa Parks exercised individual power by keeping her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama bus in protest of segregation laws in the South, she sparked a movement backed by institutions like the NAACP and black churches.  Just as individuals can shape history, institutions can serve as the catalysts for change or prove to be obstacles to human freedom. How individuals and institutions exercise power and towards what end is an important question that speaks to our values and the nature of human community.
The National Council for History Education invites proposals on the theme “Exercising Power: Individuals and Institutions in History” for the 2019 National Conference.  All proposals will be evaluated on the basis of their intellectual content, their ability to engage the audience, and their overall contribution to the teaching of history. 

Breakout sessions:  These teacher workshops are typically interactive “how to” sessions designed for the K-12 educator and are 50 minutes in length.
Mini Sessions: Mini Session topics range from teaching ideas to research reports. Presenters have 15 minutes to present information and answer questions. Each mini session typically includes 3 separate 15 minute presentations in the same room within a 50 minute time period.

Poster Session: Poster Session topics range from teaching ideas to research reports. Poster presenters display their information visually (ex. poster/display board) on a six foot table and interact with interested attendees during the 50-minute session. Presenters remain with their posters. The poster session period may include 8-15 simultaneous presenters.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

"We pledge..."

"Today, with solemn gratitude, we recall the sacrifice of all on Oahu on December 7, 1941, especially those who gave their last full measure of devotion and their families. We pledge to uphold the Greatest Generation's legacy and honor their memory."

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

National History Bee and Bowl: 2017 Oahu Fall History Bee and Bowl will be held at Iolani School in Honolulu, HI on Saturday, October 14.

The National History Bee and Bowl is pleased to announce that its 2017 Oahu Fall History Bee and Bowl will be held at Iolani School in Honolulu, HI on Saturday, October 14. 
This tournament will be held on our C Set of questions. It does not require prior qualification, and is open to all teams and students, including from outside Hawaii, as long as they have not yet played C Set. For further information, please contact the Tournament Coordinator, David Madden, at Thanks, and we look forward to welcoming you and your team to Iolani in October!
Note: During the lunch break, we will offer the National Qualifying Exams for the US Geography Olympiad / International Geography Bee (one exam serves to qualify students for the National Championships of both competitions) and the US History Bee. Both exams cost $10 and can be signed up for on the day of the tournament; pre-registration is not required. Students planning on taking one exam are recommended not to leave during the lunch break (they can bring a lunch or have a teammate get lunch for them). Students planning on taking both exams should definitely plan on staying at the school for lunch.
2016-17 Academic Year Champions
Varsity and JV History Bowl: Iolani E
Varsity History Bee: Ryan Rossio, Punahou
Junior Varsity History Bee: Matthew Sohn, Iolani


October 14, 2017


Question Set




John Bickel


  • 8:30
    Doors Open, Check-In Begins
  • 8:50
    Please Arrive By This Time!
  • 8:55
    Opening Meeting
  • 9:25
    History Bowl Round 1
  • 10:05
    History Bowl Round 2
  • 10:45
    History Bowl Round 3
  • 11:25
    History Bee Opening Meeting
  • 11:45
    History Bee Round 1
  • 12:10
    History Bee Round 2
  • 12:35
    History Bee Round 3
  • 12:55
    Lunch / US Geography Olympiad / US History Bee Qualifying Exam
  • 1:55
    History Bowl Round 4
  • 2:30
    History Bowl Round 5
  • 3:15
    History Bee Finals
  • 4:05
    History Bowl Quarterfinals / JV Semifinals
  • 4:45
    History Bowl Semifinals / JV Finals
  • 5:20
    History Bowl Finals
  • 5:45


  • 1: Iolani A
  • 2: Iolani B
  • 3: Iolani C
  • 4: Iolani D
  • 5: Iolani E *
  • 6: Iolani F *
  • 7: Iolani G *
  • 8: Mid Pacific Institute
  • 9: Henry J. Kaiser
  • 10: McKinley A
  • 11: McKinley B
  • 12: McKinley C
  • 13: Team Big Island


  • History Education Hawaii

Monday, September 18, 2017

The National Council for History Education and The Fritz Fischer Scholarship Fund are pleased to offer scholarships to attend the NCHE National Conference

The National Council for History Education
The Fritz Fischer Scholarship Fund

are pleased to offer scholarships to attend the 
NCHE National Conference

What the Scholarships Provide
Conference Registration (A $200 Value)
Full Year of Membership in NCHE (A $50 Value)
$50 towards Enrichment Excursions & Events

Who is Eligible
All K-12 History Teachers

Contact John Csepegi to learn how to apply
and what is required of scholarships recipients

The deadline to apply is December 15, 2017.