Legacy of Race


As a response to recent events that led to tensions between black communities and law enforcement authorities, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has launched Humanities and the Legacy of Race and Ethnicity in the United States, a yearlong initiative of programming to foster meaningful dialogues that focus on issues that deal with racial issues that divide our communities. HCH is a proud state affiliate of the NEH and has been awarded this special initiative grant.

Former NEH Chairman William D. Adam states: “It’s clear to us at NEH that the humanities have much to offer the country in this time of urgent need. The humanities have the capacity to connect the present to the past and to the ways in which our history has shaped our understandings, predilections, and divisions; the humanities offer multiple avenues for the clarification and articulation of both our shared and conflicting values and principles; and the humanities demonstrate the power of stories to help us know ourselves in deeper ways and to reimagine our relationships.” Read the “Humanities and the Legacy of Race” memo.

Throughout 2017, the Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities, in partnership with community stakeholders, will conduct public programs, workshop for teachers, among other events, to explore and contemplate who we are, and how we relate to one another.

In Honor of James Oliver Horton
Addressing the Tough Stuff of American History and Memory

From:  5:30-7:00 p.m.        
Location:  King Kamehameha V Judiciary History Center, Honolulu
Admission: Free and open to the public

From:  5:00-7:30 p.m.        
Location:  East-West Center Gallery Annex, 1st Floor, Burns Hall, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
Admission: Free and open to the public, on-campus parking $6 after 4:00 p.m.

From:  9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.         
Location: Maui College, Kahului
Admission: Free
RSVP needed


Understanding Civic Power: Immigration in Hawai‘i

Saturday, July 1, 2017

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Location: Liljestrand House



13th + Post-Screening Discussion Panel

Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017
7:00-9:00 p.m.            
Doris Duke Theatre, Honolulu Museum of Art
Post-screening discussion featuring: Sharla Manley, DeMont Conner, and Ciara Lacy.



Museums: Race, Diversity & Institutional Change

Friday, Nov. 4, 2016
5:30-7:00 p.m.
Kana‘ina Building, ‘Iolani Palace Grounds