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.

HCH Grants Program provides funding to individuals, as well as nonprofit organizations and institutions, for humanities-based projects that offer Hawai‘i audiences the opportunity to experience how the humanities can add new and balanced approaches to think critically about current and historical issues.
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Hawai‘i History Day
Hawai‘i History Day, an affiliate of National History Day, is a year-long history education program that invigorates the teaching and learning of history with a theme-based, research-centered model for history and civics education in grades 4 through 12.
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Motheread/Fatheread® is a nationally acclaimed family literacy program aimed at helping parents talk about the books they read to their young children, encouraging family conversations about values and feelings, and improving reading comprehension and school readiness.
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HCH Partnerships feature public humanities programs and activities that enhance humanities education in our K-12 schools and local communities, including those that have been traditionally difficult to reach and less familiar with the humanities.
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