The Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities (HCH) is a private nonprofit organization that supports and promotes the exchange of ideas, stories, and traditions to improve communities and to encourage participation in civic life.

HCH is one of 56 state and jurisdictional humanities councils in the United States with a governing board of directors made up of approximately 20 members representing humanities areas of study and leaders of the community from across the islands.

Organized as the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) in 1972, the HCH is now a 501(c)3 organization that is funded in part by the federal government through its Federal/State Partnership Office, as well as by contributions from individuals, foundations, and corporations.  With these funds, we conduct and support public programs in history, literature, philosophy, and other humanities disciplines that provide broader context and perspective for thinking more deeply about our own and other culture and times.

For over 40 years, HCH has encouraged and supported historical, philosophical, and cultural programs for the general public.  All of our work offers the people of Hawai‘i the opportunity to experience the humanities in a rich variety of formats and involve all islanders in understanding who we are as a community.