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Resources for Judges

E Komo Mai,

Thank you for being part of our Hawaiʻi History Day community! HIHumanities is committed to the practice of telling, re-telling, and listening to all our stories. Hawaiʻi History Day helps our young people engage with history on a deeper and richer level and as judges you are promoting these connections that will shape their lives into the future. Here you can find links to guides that help explain the judging process.

Priority Links

These links give you a good overview the History Day process:

 


Judging for Our State Fair? See Our Judge Orientation Resources Below

Judge Orientation for Hawaiʻi History Day 2022 Virtual State Fair

To judges who volunteered to judge in our Hawaiʻi History Day 2022 Virtual State Fair, thank you very much! We are so grateful for the gifts of your time and energy as a Hawaiʻi History Day judge.

We would like to invite you to watch our orientation video below before you start your judging in the Virtual State Fair. It is crucial to go through this orientation video prior to the start of judging for our 2022 Virtual State Fair. Please review this carefully! Thank you again for all you do for our students, teachers, and families.

Hawaiʻi History Day 2022 Categories Evaluation Forms

Hawaiʻi History Day 2022 Community Awards

Community Awards are important and special parts of the process of judging. Organizations across Hawaiʻi have contributed funds to recognize students projects in a variety of topics. Judges should be on the lookout for projects that meet the criteria for specific community awards. Click the sheet below to see the award titles and descriptions, and see the video below, created by our Historian Consultant, Mieko Matsumoto, for an overview of the process of nominating awards.

Thank you so much again for your time, energy, and support. See you soon!


Videos for Judges

Our judge videos are delivered by Honolulu Community College Professor Cynthia Smith, a long time Hawaiʻi History Day consultant. We hope these video resources can help judges with the different components of judging in Hawaiʻi History Day.

Theme video for Hawaiʻi History Day 2020-2021–Debate & Diplomacy in History: Successes, Failures, Consequences

The following video gives a basic overview of Hawaiʻi History Day and your role in this program.

As mentioned in the above video, Hawaiʻi History Day has 5 categories: Essays, Websites, Exhibits, Documentary Videos, and Performance. Click on the category to download a pdf specifying judging criteria for each medium.

In part 2 of our video series, you can find out about your responsibilities as a judge.

We removed parts 3 and 4, as we changed our format this year. You can skip ahead!

We all love feedback, right? Not really. Many of us have a really hard time hearing criticism, even when it is meant to be constructive and a number of our participants are as young as 9 years old. How can we give critique that is genuine, yet compassionate? Professor Smith gives you some criteria for feedback in part 5.

Everything has rules. Hawaiʻi History Day has them too. Watch part 6 to get a solid understanding or rule compliance.

Hawaiʻi History Day participants have to deal with a lot of different components as part of their projects. Part 7 gives an overview of how to approach some of those components, like bibliographies and process papers.

Because feedback is a critical aspect of the Hawaiʻi History Day program, you can find out more about this process in part 8.

In part 9 of our video series, find out more resources that are available to you as a Hawaiʻi History Day judge.

Last but not least, please see this video on how to register in the NHD system and how to use the NHD judge portal to evaluate Hawaiʻi History Day Projects.

*Click here for pdf formatted instructions

*Thank you to Professor Smith for taking the time to script and narrate these videos and to Dorian Langi for editing them. Shout out to Windward Community College for lending their studio space for filming.


Sign Up to be a History Day Judge!

Become A History Day Judge!

You can help Hawaiʻi students to learn, grow, and succeed. Sign up to be a judge for Hawaiʻi History Day!

“Thank you to all the students. At the heart of the program, it’s all about you. You taught me how priceless this work is.”

History Day 2022–Every year for history day, a theme is chosen for students to follow as they do their history day projects. Judges need to be aware of this theme and judge accordingly. The theme for 2021-2022 is “Debate and Diplomacy in History, Successes, Failures, Consequences.” Students showcase their projects in historical interpretation and research, producing essays, display boards, websites, performances, and documentaries.

“The judges we encountered really made my daughter feel like she could do it.” Parent

The Role of Judges–History Day judges support students by evaluating student research and presentations and offering their expertise through comments and feedback. They become active members in the sharing of history.

“Seeing student work, I felt so empowered. The experience really energized and inspired me.” –History Day Judge

Judging for Hawai’i History Day–Judges have a profound impact on History Day, and they gain much in return. Dedicating their time and energy, judges connect with students, serve their community, and learn about history. In doing so, they gain new perspectives, insights, and inspiration.

Hawaiʻi History Day Judges:

  • Volunteer at one of Eight district competitions in February-March or the state competition in April
  • Work in teams to view projects, ask questions, and provide written feedback to students
  • Be inspired and energized By Student Work