Resources for Students

Getting Started

Need help getting started on your History Day project? Check out these useful videos from NHD!

Introductory Videos

Contest Updates

All of the videos above can also be accessed from our Padlet page.

Quick Links to Important Things…

2021-2022 Calendar—Keeping track of the dates is important! Use this calendar to ensure that you are on track with your History Day project. Review the dates of registration and fairs! Check back soon to see our Hawaiʻi History Day calendar for 2021-2022.

Looking for Topic Ideas?

See the resources below to explore ideas for your next project!

2022 Hawaiʻi Debate and Diplomacy Topics—One of the most important moments of your History Day Project is picking your topic. It should be something you’re genuinely interested in, so you’ll know you want to spend a lot of time with the subject. Make sure you also think about the audiences for your project (teachers, judges, community members)!




Retro Report in the Classroom–This free news library contains short videos on a variety of engaging historical topics. Use this as a starting point and find a video you are interested in! You can also sort by area of interest or decade to find the right video to get you started!



Research Resources

CLEAR Labor History Archive–”The Center for Labor Education & Research, University of Hawaiʻi – West Oʻahu maintains two research collections: a labor law library and a Hawaiʻi labor history archive.” If your history project is on labor history or unions in Hawaiʻi, this is the archive to visit! See the Archive Guidelines Here and schedule an appointment with Dr. Puette to visit the archive.




Purdue OWL—Please refer to Chicago Manual of Style on this website. This is an excellent website that will help you make sure all of your citations and bibliographic information are correctly formatted. For researchers, the bibliography (listing of all research resources) is often considered the most important part of their entire paper, so try to give it the loving attention it needs. Projects that perform well always have strong bibliographies paired with strong presentation.


ScholarSpace at University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa—A lot of resources can only be accessed by paying a lot of money to get to them, so it’s always really wonderful when educational institutions create spaces that provide open-access to our larger communities. ScholarSpace gives you access to a variety of resources. You can type in a search, or you can browse by subject, author, or UHM department (Anthropology, History, etc.).



eVols at University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa—Similar to ScholarSpace, eVols gives you open-access to academic and community scholarship.





2020 Mālama Our History Community Speaker Padlet—This Padlet provides an overview of the resources (including websites, archives, and primary sources) provided by: Bishop Museum, Filipino-American Historical Center of Hawaiʻi, Hawaiian Mission Houses, Historic Hawaiʻi Foundation, Hula Preservation Society, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and East West Center, King Kamehameha V Judiciary History Center, ʻUluʻulu: The Henry Kuʻualoha Giugni Moving Archive of Hawaiʻi, Kona Historical Society, Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, and University of Hawaiʻi Congressional Papers.