2020 has been a challenging year for all of us. We are so accustomed to gathering together and sharing stories face to face. In a space of weeks, that experience has become a luxury. Schooling has moved to an online connection. A number of people wondered if HIHumanities would hold the Hawaiʻi History Day State Fair this year.
Inspired by all the teachers and students, who have continued to embrace the challenges of teaching and learning in spite of the difficulties presented by the past few months, Hawaiʻi Council for the Humanities decided to embrace the challenge of moving our Hawaiʻi History Day State Fair to a virtual platform.
In the spirit of seeking the bright side, for the first time we are able to offer a virtual gallery walk of all the students projects! If you’ve been to some of our past fairs, you know it’s impossible to see everything, but now you can! All of the projects are housed on Padlet, which you can access through the links provided below.
Come take a scroll through the websites, performances, documentaries, papers, and exhibits and celebrate all the hard work and brilliance of our students and their teachers!
Mahalo nui loa to Hawaiʻi History Day teachers, students, judges, volunteers, and families. We are all made better by what you do.
This year we are honoring Emma Nakuina as the face of our Hawaiʻi History Day button. It has been a pleasure to learn more about this important figure in our history, who was a Hawaiian scholar, museum curator, and an expert on water rights.
We are particular fortunate to be able to feature a rich selection of resources that explore the life and stories of Emma Nakuina and some of the time period in which she lived, including a video by Uluwehi Hopkins, who is a scholar in Hawaiian history and a descendant of Emma Nakuina’s, and an essay by Dr. Cristina Bacchilega, who is a professor at University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.
Please go to our Emma Nakuina page to find our more about how this amazing woman broke barriers in history.
As part of our virtual fair, We are unveiling our new Hawaiʻi History Day Logo! We are so lucky to have this new emblem of our future, created by Haley Kailiehu, an artist and activist grounded in her sense of place and history.
For the creation moʻoleo of this beautiful art piece, visit our page, E Mālama i ka Moʻolelo.