Resources for Teachers

The Hawaiʻi History Day 2023-2024 season has begun!  In this space, you can find a variety of resources. Some of them are specific to History Day, while others are universally valuable pedagogical tools for a teacher in the humanities.


Latest Resources

Hawaiʻi History Day Kickoff Recording

We are happy to share the recording of our 2023-2024 Virtual Kickoff from this past Saturday (10/30/23). For your convenience, timestamps have been added so that you can easily navigate to specific chapters and presentations you wish to see. Also, check out our new teacher and student resource Padlets below. Happy History Day!

New Resource Padlets:

Launched on the day of our Kickoff, these 2024 resource Padlets for students and teachers are your one-stop shop for the resources you can use this season. Check these frequently for updates and new materials!

Click here to access our Teacher Resource Padlet




We are also releasing our new Toolkit for teachers! This simplified kit offers a streamlined overview of History Day, as well as curriculum resources in English and ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi. Click the button below to download.

Click here to download our Teacher Toolkit








Priority Links

Priority Links


Getting Started with History Day

New to History Day? See these videos from National history Day (NHD)  for some helpful resources.

Additional video resources from NHD can be found on our Padlet page.


Teacher Resource Padlets

The resources below are valuable resources that you can use at any and every stage of the History Day Process. We have pulled together new and important resources made by teachers, for teachers, who have been on the history day journey for many years! For teachers in need of templates, samples, example project schedules, and more. look here!

2022–2023 Kickoff Padlet

See our 2022-2023 Kickoff Padlet–Drawing from our Padlet pages from 2020 to the present, we have gathered the fundamentals onto one place.




2022 Dorie’s Teacher Resource Padlet

2022 Dorie’s Teacher Resource Padlet–Developed and compiled by our Master teacher, Dorian Langi, this Padlet provides resources for teachers at all stages of the History Day project process.




Amy Boehning’s History Day Website

Amy Boehning’s History Day Website–This website, created by Mililani High School teacher and NHD Ambassador Amy Boehning, is a great resource-hub, offering templates and example resources for all 5 History Day project categories.





Teacher Workshops

2020 October Hawaiʻi History Day Categories Workshops Padlet–This Padlet provides all videos and resources from our October 2020 teacher and student workshops on Hawaiʻi History Day categories–Papers, ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi, Websites, Documentaries, Exhibit Boards, and Performances.




2020-2021 September Writing Workshops Padlet–This Padlet archives all videos and resources provided during our September 2020 Writing Workshops for students and teachers.




Research Presentations, Organizations, and Resources

2020 Mālama Our History Community Speaker Padlet–This Padlet provides all resources provided by organizations who shared in our Community Speaker series. Featuring presentations 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.

Teacher Workshop – Protest, Racism, and Social Change Resources–This collaborative Padlet provides resources and materials from the 2020 teacher workshop on Protest, Racism, and Social Change Resources.

History Textbook Padlet–Resources provided by Professor Mitch Yamasaki and Chaminade History Center for our teachers and students.

National History Day Historical Argumentation Padlet–Course materials from the NHD Summer course on Historical Argumentation

‘Ōlelo Hawaiʻi Resources

For teachers in our ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi category, we hope these resources can help to support you and your students in the process of doing Hawaiʻi History Day.

Why Do ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi For History Day? Watch Kumu Māhealani Lono’s video, Lā Mōʻaukala Hawaiʻi ma ka ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi as she explains the importance of History Day.

For more resources, please visit our ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi resource page.


Getting Started with History Day: Hawaiʻi History Kickoff Videos

We were so glad to see our teachers, students, and friends at our Hawai’i History Day 2021-2022 Virtual Kickoff on Friday, August 13. For those who couldn’t make it, no worries! We have put together a video series so that you can watch our Kickoff presentations!

Part 1, presented by Shannon Cristobal, is an introduction to our program, and a sharing about upcoming events. Watch part 1 below.

Part 2, presented by Dorian Langi, is a presentation on getting started with History Day. In this video, you will find useful tips to start a project. Watch part 2 below.

Finally, part 3, presented by Shannon, Dorie, and Devin, is a tour of the Hawai’i History Day website. In this segment, you will also see the resources available to teachers and students. Watch part 3 below.

Why Do Hawaiʻi History Day?

“We always learn history in the books at school, but this time, I learned about the history in my blood. I became so emotionally attached to this topic, and still am. After first hearing about it. [I] was immersed in every source I found—whether it be smiling, as the Manongs did on screen, feeling the adrenaline as the strike began, or even crying a few times. This history was my history and it became my mission to bring light to the obscure origins of this topic. The more I researched, the less I found about the Filipinos as everything shifted back to the Mexicans, thus motivating me to do as much research as I could to do this topic and the Filipinos justice. Aside from the cultural aspect, it was both heartwarming and inspiring to learn about the unification of the groups and their success despite the odds.”

—Haley Evile, Mililani High School
2018 Senior Individual Documentary

The Delano Grape Strike: Unification by Conflict, Amelioration by Compromise