The Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities uses the public humanities to connect people with ideas by nurturing the joy of learning and inspiring community and civic engagement.
We support public humanities projects proposed by individuals and other nonprofit organizations for the benefit of Island communities–particularly communities that are underserved–through our Grants Program as well as partnerships and collaborative projects. We also conduct signature educational programs, such as Hawai‘i History Day and Motheread/Fatheread®, to bring the public humanities to hard-to-reach and nontraditional audiences across the state.
The programs we host in schools, libraries, correctional institutions and various other community sites throughout the state offer opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds to engage in civic dialogue and explore the power and value of ideas.
The promotion of public understanding of the value and relevance of history, literature, philosophy and cultural traditions is at the heart of HCH’s work.
Hawai‘i History Day