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History in Crisis, History in Focus—What History does Hawaiʻi need, and Why does it Matter?
American schools are dealing with concerted efforts to exclude historical subjects that make certain students and parents “uncomfortable”— slavery, segregation, and Jim Crow, the treatment of Indigenous peoples, the denial of citizenship and human rights to Japanese-Americans during World War II, and African-American, Hispanic-American, LGBTQIA, and Indigenous History more generally. Although Hawaiʻi has not witnessed the same kind of heated confrontations recently about what histories should be taught, part of its educational twentieth century legacy was an erasure of Hawaiian history from school curricula almost as thorough as the suppression of the Hawaiian language.

Shannon Cristobal
Director of Hawaiʻi History Day and K-12 Humanities Programs,
Hawaiʻi Council for the Humanities

Noelani Goodyear-Kaʻōpua
Professor of Political Science, Indigenous Politics Program

Amy Perruso
Hawaiʻi State House Representative, District 46, DOE Social Studies and Civics Teacher, former secretary-treasurer,

Davianna Pōmaikaʻi McGregor
Ethnic Studies Professor, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Director, Center for Oral History, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Sep 21, 2022 06:00 PM in Hawaii

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