Sunday, December 25, 2016

Mele Kalikimaka: a Hawaiian greeting of peace, joy and aloha

Mele Kalikimaka: a Hawaiian greeting of peace, joy and aloha.

Wishing you peace, joy, and all the best this wonderful holiday has to offer. Take in the serene moments spent with friends and loved ones. May the wonder of Christmas surround you throughout the holiday season. 

Merry Christmas. 

Thursday, December 8, 2016

King Kamehameha V Judiciary History Center: Reflections of Honor: The Untold Story of a Nisei Spy

You are invited to attend:

Reflections of Honor: 

The Untold Story of a Nisei Spy

Thursday, December 8, 2016, from 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Presented in partnership with the Hawaiʻi State Bar Association's Civic Education Committee

King Kamehameha V Judiciary History Center
417 S King St., Honolulu, HI 96813

Authors Yoshinobu Oshiro (Military Intelligence Service veteran and retired principal, Hawai‘i Department of Education) and Lori Ward (Managing Editor at the Curriculum Research & Development Group, College of Education, the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa) will speak about the biography of Arthur Komori, the Nisei Spy from Kauaʻi.

Arthur Komori, a Nisei from Hawai‘i, was one of two Japanese Americans recruited to the US Army Counter Intelligence Corps (CIC) to pose as Japanese sympathizers and spy on Japan’s activities in Manila in the months leading up to World War II. When the war started, this Nisei served his country as a translator and undercover agent both on the front lines and behind the scenes in General MacArthur’s headquarters, even while at home over 120,000 Japanese Americans were interned in relocation camps. More than just a spy, Komori’s varied responsibilities also included interrogating prisoners of war and helping to train new linguist recruits and prepare them for work in the Pacific. Komori was also with MacArthur when he retook the Philippines and was in Tokyo Bay to witness the surrender of the Japanese to the Allied Powers. Fortunately, Komori recorded his story in journals, reports, and even poetry. This long overdue account of a decorated Military Intelligence Hall of Fame inductee reveals an important chapter in the history of Japanese Americans during World War II.

Light refreshments will be served.

Friday, September 16, 2016

New Issue of Common-place Published

Just as the 2016 presidential campaign enters the final, excruciating race to the finish line, the new issue of Common-place (16.4) takes a multi-faceted look at politics past. 

In “Beards Bachelors and Brides” Thomas Balcerski analyzes the election of 1856 where attacks of a gendered and sexual nature figured large in the race between the bearded John Charles Fremont, married to the beautiful Jesse Benton Fremont, against the bachelor James Buchanan.  

Daniel Peart provides us a revealing look into the long history of lobbying, while Matthew Mason focuses on Edward Everett and his reaction to the Fugitive Slave Act to reveal the Plight of Political Moderates in times of political polarization. 

Richard D. Brown reminds us that historically, political suffrage and citizenship in this country were not always coupled, and Merry Ellen Scofield describes the politics of Washington’s very first social media – the calling card.

Endrina Tay provides a new interpretation of the motives behind Thomas Jefferson’s sale of his private library to Congress after the burning of the Capitol.  

John Craig Hammond provides a thoughtful examination of the Constitution’s Framers original intentions regarding slavery in the United States, and in Common School Erik Chaput describes a student project analyzing Frederick Douglas’s changing, and diametrically opposed views regarding the Constitution’s position on slavery. 

In Tales From the Vault, Whitney Martinko traces the origins and significance of a painting of Philadelphia’s Market Street that has long hung in the United States Portrait Gallery in Philadelphia. 

Web Library presents a roundtable discussion about the current status of graduate training and digital history. 

Finally, there are reviews of new books about James Madison’s journal accounts of the Constitutional Convention; the Marquis de Lafayette, the Egalitarian ideals of the Republican party, and the not-so-corrupt bargain that determined the outcome of the 1824 presidential election.

It’s politics as it once was casting reflections on the presidential campaign that is, online for you at is produced by the American Antiquarian Society.
Editors, Anna Mae Duane and Walt Woodward, University of Connecticut

Published by a partnership of the American Antiquarian Society and the University of Connecticut.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Welcome Back! Hawaii Schools Return from Summer Break

It's that time again in Hawaii! Public schools and the University of Hawaii return from summer break. 

We wish all scholars and teachers the best of success. Imua!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

ANNOUNCEMENT: POSTPONED History Education Hawaii 2016 Annual Meeting and Conference


the Hawaii Council of the National Council for History Education
announces that the annual meeting and conference 
Saturday, May 21, 2016.
9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Aliiolani Hale, 
Hawaii Judiciary History Center, 
417 South King Street, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813

 The theme for this year's annual meeting and conference is:

The Asia-Pacific Rim, Hawaii, 
and The Meeting Points of History

For centuries, the Hawaiian Islands have been a meeting point and an historical crossroads. 

In his sermon, Japanese Embassy in Washington, preached on March 18, 1860 in the Seaman's Bethel in Honolulu, Rev. Samuel C. Damon observed

We are now living amid scenes, changes, revolutions and convulsions of nations, most striking and grand. Old landmarks and customs are breaking up and dissolving, and new combinations are forming, all betokening that the end draweth nigh.

The purpose of this year's annual meeting and conference is to examine the relations between the study of history and education, focusing on the Asia-Pacific Region. 

Proposals are welcomed that center on a variety of topics and interests with emphasis on historical events and circumstances throughout Hawaii and the Asia-Pacific Rim. How can we learn from our interconnected histories to solve contemporary and future challenges?