This year, we are excited to offer a series of exciting and valuable resources for students and teachers. Our fall events include our Community Speaker series and Friday Q&A sessions, our October Hawaiʻi History Day Categories Tips and Tricks workshops, and our November teacher workshop on Woman and the American Story. All of our workshops are virtual, and we are happy that teachers, students, and families from all islands can join. Click below for information on these events. We hope to see you there!
- Mālama Our History Community Speaker Series and Friday Q&A
- Hawaiʻi History Day Categories Tips and Tricks October Workshops
- Women and the American Story Virtual Teacher Workshop
2021-2022 Hawaiʻi History Day Calendar and Theme
Our season has started! This year, the theme for History Day is “Communications in History.” For more details on the theme for this year, see the 2020-2021 theme description below. Also, check out our Hawaiʻi History Day calendar below for dates on our virtual fairs. Good luck students! We look forward to seeing your amazing projects!
Hawai‘i Students Take Top Honors at 2020 National History Day Virtual Competition
June 26, 2020–As the National History Day (NHD) competition came to an end, Hawaiʻi’s 52 competitors took home top awards in the nation, including one gold medal, one silver medal, and one bronze medal. This year Hawaiʻi’s delegation consisted of 52 State finalists, from O‘ahu, Kaua‘i, Maui, Moloka‘i, and Hawai‘i Island, who competed against just under 3,000 students from across the country and around the world.
“To make it to the National Contest in a normal year is a remarkable achievement,” said NHD Executive Director Dr. Cathy Gorn. “Given the unprecedented challenges that faced students over the last several months, I am even more impressed by what they achieved this year.”
The local NHD affiliate, Hawaiʻi History Day (HHD), is a year-long project-based educational program, where students grades fourth through twelve dive deeply into a historical topic of their choice, creating a research paper, documentary, performance, exhibit display board, or website, and developing critical thinking skills valuable for college and careers. This year they undertook extensive research on the theme: “Breaking Barriers in History,” looking at moments when the path of our society was forever changed. More than half a million middle and high school students, from the US and around the world, compete in the National History Day program at their local level.
This year, 16-year-old ʻIolani high school student Summer Royal captured the National History Day gold medal for her senior-division documentary: The Tereshkova Effect: The Role of Propaganda in Breaking Barriers.