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? 

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Hawaii History Bee and Bowl is On!

Today the Hawaii History Bee and Bowl will be held at Iolani School n Honolulu. Teams from Iolani, Punahou and Pearl City High School will be there! 

In Defense of the Humanities

"The paradox is that the stronger the case made for the utility of the humanities, the weaker the case for their support."

I return to concerns closer to home: higher education generally and academic freedom specifically. These columns are written under the shadow of the (perennial) “crisis of the humanities,” a crisis to which humanists have responded by mounting ever more elaborate (and unconvincing) justifications of the humanities as a practice that will save democracy, if not the world. These justifications, wittingly or unwittingly, have the effect of implying that the humanities have nothing to say for themselves, that any defense of them can only be instrumental. An instrumental defense of the humanities is a defense that rests everything on the humanities’ usefulness to some other project—a robust economy, the realization of democratic principles, a peaceful world. The question posed to the humanities is “What are you good for?,” and the answer is assumed to issue from a measure of “good” that the humanities do not contain. The answer given in the columns reprinted here is that the humanities are good for nothing, for that is the only answer that preserves the humanities’ distinctiveness.If humanistic work is valued because of what it does politically or economically or therapeutically, it becomes an appendage to these other projects, and in a pinch it will always be marginalized and perhaps discarded when its instrumental payoff fails to arrive, as it always will. The paradox is that the stronger the case made for the utility of the humanities, the weaker the case for their support. In order to be truly healthy, at least in an internal way, the humanities must be entirely disassociated from the larger world of political/ social/ economic consequences, must, that is, be appreciated for their own sake and for no other reason. Although the phrase “ivory tower” is often used in derision, it is one that humanists should embrace, for it is only by embracing it that the humanities, and liberal arts education in general, can be distinguished from the forces that are always poised to turn them to foreign purposes, to purposes not their own. The distinctiveness of the humanities and liberal arts education rests on their inutility, on their fostering a mode of thought that does not lead (at least by design) to the “practical” solution of real-world problems but to a deeper understanding of why they are problems in the first place and why they may never be resolved. That distinctiveness is compromised whenever the liberal arts dance to the tunes of politics, economics, citizen-making, or anything else. Moreover, it is only in the context of an enforced purity of motive—we do contemplative analysis; that’s our job, and we don’t do anyone else’s— that a defensible account of academic freedom can be formulated. If the work of the liberal arts is narrowly conceived as the search for knowledge, the freedom to pursue that work in a manner unimpeded by external constituencies that want inquiry to reach predetermined conclusions is an obvious and necessary good. 

Stanley Fish (2015). 
Think Again: Contrarian Reflections on Life, Culture, Politics, Religion, Law, and Education (p. xvii).  
Princeton University Press. Kindle Edition. 

Saturday, March 12, 2016

A Brand New Edition of Common-place Released (American Antiquarian Society)

A brand new edition of Common-place, the journal of early American history, is now laptop, tablet, and mobile phone ready for you at

In this issue, Hilary Wyss presents a moving account of the importance of letter writing in eighteenth century Native American communities as revealed through the digital archives of the Yale Indian Papers Project and Dartmouth’s Occom Circle collection.

John Saillant details the largely unknown story of the generation of attacks by whites on Charleston’s black Methodists and their churches that preceded the much better known razing of an independent black meeting house attended by Denmark Vesey in 1822.

Jordan Stein, in an interesting reflection on the application of the trope “Black Lives Matter” to the study of early America, analyzes a 1760 broadsheet by the poet Jupiter Hammon to ask whether an overdetermined emphasis on enslavement obscures other essentially important aspects of early American black lives.

Elsewhere in Common-place, there’s a roundtable discussion of the implications that follow from Common-place’s recent publication of Forest Leaves, the newly discovered work of abolitionist, suffragist, poet and author Frances Ellen Watkins Harper.

Konstantin Dierks demonstrates his use of GIS and a host of other data to literally map the surprisingly early development of American globalization. Christina Michelon provides a literally touching account of the history of Valentine’s cards. Pierre Gervais shows how one easily overlooked sentence in a Pennsylvania flour broker’s 1786 correspondence revealed a widespread, organized, and successful effort to manipulate and control access to early American regional markets. Cybele Gontar tells the story of the sole surviving broadside document marking the closing of the Port of New Orleans to American shipping by Spain in 1798. Poet Austin Segrest, a descendant of an Old South family, rediscovers, and then channels poetically, the memoirs of his New England Puritan forebear Roger Clapp. Finally, we raise a glass to Michelle Orihel, who tells us how she uses the eighteenth century ritual of toasting to bring the politics of the 1790s to life in her classroom.

All this and more, is waiting for you and your laptop, tablet, or mobile phone at now. 

Monday, February 1, 2016

Hawaii History Bee and Bowl State Championships on Saturday, March 19: Sign Up!

History Education Hawaii, Inc., with the National History Bee and Bowl is pleased to announce that its 2016 Hawaii History Bee and Bowl State Championships will be held at Iolani School in Honolulu on Saturday, March 19. This tournament will run on our B Set of questions and it does not require prior qualifying. For questions, please contact the tournament coordinator, David Madden, at Thanks for your interest in our tournament, and we hope that you and your team will be able to join us!
Note: Due to time constraints, this tournament will not have a History Bee Finals and only one round of History Bowl Playoffs.
Note: During the lunch break, students will have the opportunity to take the National Qualifying Exams for either or both the US Geography Olympiad and the US History Bee. The cost is $10 per student per exam. Students who take one exam are highly recommended to bring a lunch or have someone obtain lunch for them. Students who take both exams should definitely plan on one of these options.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

NEH: Demon Times: Temperance, Immigration, and Progressivism in an American City

Come learn about America’s Demon Times! This one-week workshop, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, will consider Temperance, immigration, and the Progressive movement in American history and culture. 

Teachers will experience landmarks of the temperance movement and the immigrant experience in late 19th and early 20th century America by exploring Columbus and nearby Westerville, Ohio. Westerville was the home of the Anti-Saloon League, a major temperance organization that explicitly warned against the influence of alcohol, Catholics, and immigrants. Columbus was home to a large German immigrant population, with an attendant brewing industry. This small town and nearby city are emblematic of America in the Progressive Era. 

Participants will receive a $1,200 stipend to help cover the cost of travel and lodging. Workshop dates: July 10-15 or July 24-29, 2016. Application deadline: March 1, 2016. Learn more

It's Living History Day at the Battleship Missouri Memorial at Pearl Harbor

History will come to life at Ford Island as the Battleship Missouri Memorial hosts “Living History Day” on Saturday, Jan. 30.
Festivities will take place from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and feature fun and educational exhibits, performances and activities from a collection of historical attractions, organizations, and active military commands.
Best of all, admission is free for Hawaii residents, military and Battleship Missouri Memorial members.
The daylong celebration will also commemorate two important anniversaries for America’s last and most famous battleship – the 72nd anniversary of the USS Missouri’s launch into service in 1944 and the 17th anniversary of its opening as the Battleship Missouri Memorial in Pearl Harbor.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

You are invited to attend at Aliʻiōlani Hale: Hawaii's First African-American Lawyer

Friday, February 5, 2016, from 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Aliʻiōlani Hale, 417 S. King Street, Honolulu, Hawaiʻi 96813

Even though African-Americans have been part of the Hawaii's cultural landscape for over two centuries, not many people know of their contribution to Hawaii's rich history. What brought them here? How were they received? 

The King Kamehameha V Judiciary History Center in partnership with the African-American Diversity Cultural Center Hawaiʻi presents this program to broaden the awareness of the contributions of African-Americans to Hawaii's society over the last two centuries.

In celebration of African-American contributions to Hawaii's legal history, Dr. Albert Broussard, professor in the Department of History at Texas A&M University, shares the story of Thomas McCants Stewart, Hawaii's first African-American attorney. 

Join us as Dr. Broussard recounts Stewart's journey from South Carolina to such places as New York, London, Liberia, and Hawaiʻi. During his life, Stewart worked as a teacher, pastor, attorney, and Supreme Court Justice. 

A friend of Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, and W.E.B. Du Bois, Thomas McCants Stewart lived a phenomenal life as an African-American in post-Reconstruction America and Territorial Hawaii.

This program is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Wo Hing Chinese Museum on Maui

This blog post caught our attention on LinkedIn:

Americans constructing the continental railroad, in the United States and creating sugar plantations in Hawaii discovered the value of the hard-working Chinese in the mid 1800s. As the Qing dynasty began its long decline in China, men immigrated to Hawaii without their families to build many of the infrastructures we still enjoy today. On Maui they made the Lahaina sea wall, tunnels through the mountains, the Road to Hana, and the irrigation  systems for the sugar plantations.

You can read the rest of this blog post of Maui's Wo Hing Chinese Museum here 

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Summer Institute: Rethinking the Gilded Age and Progressivisms: Race, Capitalism, and Democracy, 1877 to 1920

A Summer Institute for Current and Future K-12 Teachers
June 26– July 22, 2016
Chicago, Illinois

Applications are due March 1, 2016.

The Chicago Metro History Education Center, University of Illinois at Chicago, and Loyola University Chicago invite K-12 teachers to apply for “Rethinking the Gilded Age and Progressivisms: Race, Capitalism, and Democracy, 1877 to 1920.” 

Participants in this National Endowment for the Humanities-sponsored program will spend four weeks in Chicago, a center of Progressive Era reform, engaging in vigorous discussions about this critical time period in American history and creating materials to use in their classrooms. 

Award-winning historian Robert Johnston (University of Illinois at Chicago) will guide the institute’s academic content, with the help of renowned experts in history, art, and architecture. Charles Tocci (Loyola University Chicago) will direct teaching application discussions, along with master teacher Michael Biondo (Maine South High School). 

Benefits include:

*Stimulating readings and discussions with scholars and peers

*Time to explore and create practical applications for your classroom

* A $3,300 stipend to defray travel, lodging, and study expenses

* A chance to personally experience Chicago’s Gilded Age and Progressive Era history and culture

For full details, visit

Applications are due March 1, 2016.

For more information, contact Rachel Allmen, CMHEC,

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

History Education Hawaii News Has a New Name: HISTORY IN MOTION!

History Education Hawaii, Inc., is pleased to announce a name-change for our open news-blog: HISTORY IN MOTION!

We'll continue to post news of events, articles and publications of interest to historians, history educators, students and history buffs alike. Stay tuned! Year 2016 holds great promise. Thank you for your interest and for your support. Mahalo nui loa!

Call For Comments- NCSS National Standards for the Preparation of Social Studies Teachers

Today, we received the following from the National Council for the Social Studies:

The National Council for the Social Studies National Standards for the Preparation of Social Studies Teachers are intended to provide guidance for a number of different audiences who are either responsible for assuring the competence of social studies teaching professionals (e.g., institutions of higher education, NCATE/CAEP reviewers, state agencies that approve teacher education programs, state licensure offices, testing organizations) or in need of such assurance as they decide which teacher preparation institution to attend or which prospective teachers to employ (e.g., prospective social studies teachers, school system employers, students, parents, citizens). For several decades NCSS has formulated standards for the preparation of social studies teachers. The latest revision occurred in 2002.  

And also this:

Feedback on the NCSS National Standards for the Preparation of Social Studies Teachers  is being solicited from CUFA members, state consultants, NCSS auditors, and social studies teachers. You can access the survey at 

Magna Carta's Enduring Legacy: January 19, 2016 - January 31, 2016 at The King Kamehameha V Judiciary History Center


The King Kamehameha V Judiciary History Center 

417 S. King Street, Honolulu, HI 96813

Magna Carta's Enduring Legacy

January 19, 2016 - January 31, 2016

A traveling exhibition created by the American Bar Association Standing Committee on the Law Library of Congress and the Law Library of Congress.

Free and open to the public Monday - Friday8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
The exhibit also will be open to the public on two Saturdays, January 23 and 30 
8:30 a.m. - Noon
For more information, please call 539-4999.

Magna Carta is the charter of liberties that England’s King John granted to his barons in 1215. In the centuries since its creation, Magna Carta has become one of the most enduring symbols of liberty and the rule of law. It is often cited as one of the founding documents of modern democracy and constitutional government and is seen as a forerunner of such important sources of the British Constitution as the Petition of Right (1628), Habeas Corpus Act (1679), and English Bill of Rights (1689). In the United States, the document was a major influence in the creation of the Declaration of Independence, United States Constitution, and Bill of Rights. Although in many ways Magna Carta belongs to the medieval society that created it, some of the most important people in our constitutional history have found in it an ancient precedent for the marriage of individual rights and constitutional government that has characterized the rise of the modern world. Magna Carta’s admirers have seen in it the origin of many enduring constitutional principles:  the rule of law, the right to a jury trial, the right to a speedy trial, freedom from unlawful imprisonment, protections from unlawful seizure of property, the theory of representative government, the principle of “no taxation without representation,” and most importantly, the concept of fundamental law—a law that not even the sovereign can alter. 

The exhibition, in the rotunda of Aliiolani Hale, shares images of objects from Library of Congress collections that illustrate Magna Carta’s influence throughout the centuries and explain the document’s long history. 

Monday, January 4, 2016

ANNOUNCEMENT: POSTPONED: Winter Lyceum of History Scheduled for January 9, 2016

ANNOUNCEMENT: By request, History Education Hawaii's January Winter Lyceum of History scheduled for January 9, 2016 has been postponed. The conference organizers will be meeting to decide on our next steps. We will let all participants know once a new date has been chosen and location confirmed. All those registered will be credited for the rescheduled date. We are reviewing the probability to using the lyceum's theme as the one for our annual conference on the weekend of May 21. Mahalo nui loa.

NEH K-12 Teachers: Living on the Edge of Empire: Alliance, Conflict and Captivity 2016 at Deerfield Teachers' Center

Living on the Edge of Empire: Alliance, Conflict and Captivity is a National Endowment for the Humanities Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshop for K-12 teachers and librarians hosted by the Deerfield Teachers' Center of the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association, Deerfield, MA. 

The workshop will be presented the week of July 10 through July 15 and again the week of July 24 through July 29, 2016. 

The workshop places the Deerfield Raid of 1704 in the broader context of the history of Colonial New England. The deadline for applications is March 1, 2016. 

Go to for a description of the program and instructions on how to apply. NEH Summer Scholars who are chosen for these workshops will be awarded a $1200 stipend to help defray travel and accommodation costs.

For a century from 1660 to 1760 the bucolic New England village of Deerfield was a crossroads where differing visions and ambitions of diverse Native American Nations and European colonial empires interacted peacefully and clashed violently. During a memorable three-hour span in the early 1700s, the town stood at the center of the struggle to control the continent. The 1704 Raid on Deerfield is a doorway to a fascinating and important part of American history. It was an event rooted in religious conflicts, personal and family retribution, alliance, and kinship ties. The Raid on Deerfield and the colonial world that produced it, helped to create a distinctive American identity and world view that became a backdrop for the American Revolution.

Workshop Summer Scholars will explore global issues while also considering ways in which this history can offer a compelling entry point for teaching the complexities of the early American colonial period and the many cultural groups who comprised it – Native nations, enslaved Africans, and the French and English settlers.

For more information and inquiries: 

Beth Gilgun
Deerfield Teachers Center
Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association
10 Memorial St.
Deerfield, MA 01342

413-774-7476 x28