Have you done a Hawai’i History Day project, taught History Day, been a History Day judge, or been involved Hawai’i History Day in another way? In preparation for our Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities 50th anniversary, we’re gathering stories, and we would like to know, where are you now?
Whether you are a student, teacher, judge, or friend of Hawaiʻi History Day, tell us your story. We look forward to hearing from you!
In 2020, we had the chance to interview Hawaiʻi History Day alumni Jennifer Kajiyama Tinkham and Nicole Kajiyama Holmes (Kahuku HS, 1994), who shared their stories about the significance and impact of the Hawaiʻi History Day program in their lives. We were inspired and moved by the sisters’ profound gratitude and deep appreciation for the Hawaiʻi History Day teachers and the historian consultants, who challenged them to go beyond the status quo—to keep learning—to go deeper.
This year, Keilani Kajiyama Tinkham, of the Kajiyama family, did her second History Day project–the performance: The Rhythm of Resilience: Communication through the Bon Dance. Her performance is as lively and entertaining as it is informative and thoughtful. Keilani’s Teacher Colleen Spring shared, “Kei is one of the most motivated, self-directed and enthusiastic students I have had the pleasure to teach.
We are so amazed to see History Day being done across generations.