Resources for Teachers

The Hawaiʻi History Day 2021-2022 season has begun! We’re still all caught in the virtual world, but we’re so looking forward to working with you. 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.

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.

New and Important

See our 2021-2022 Kickoff Padlet–Drawing from our Padlet pages from 2020 to the present, we have gathered the fundamentals onto one place.




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!

2020 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–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.





Missed a Workshop Session? See Our Padlets below:

See our Debate and Diplomacy Workshop Padlet to access resources and video recordings of our speaker sessions!

Click here to visit our Debate and Diplomacy Speaker Series Padlet Page!




Visit our Nakem! Filipino & Filipino-American History, Culture, and Food in Hawaiʻi workshop Padlet to access resources and video recordings of our speaker sessions!

Click here to visit our Nakem! Speaker Series Padlet Page!



Quick-Start Resources for Hawaiʻi History Day 2022

Need a starting point for starting History Day for 2021-2022? Our Master Teacher, Dorian Langi, has put together resources for teachers who are looking to start teaching History Day curriculum in their classrooms. See these resources below.

Getting Started Powerpoint: Click below to download our powerpoint. This presentation is a step-by-step guide for what steps to take if you want to have your students start a History Day project.

Getting Started with Hawaiʻi History Day 2022

Hawaiʻi Topics for 2022: Click here for a list of project topics specific to Hawaiʻi. Project topics are not limited to local topics, but if you and your students need inspiration and topic options, look here!

Resource Padlets (Quick Links)

See the section below (Teacher and Student Workshop Resources) for a more detailed description of our Padlets.

Mālama Our History Speaker Series, 2020-2021

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.

Hawai’i History Day Project Category Workshop Padlet, 2020-2021

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.

Hawai’i History Day September Writing Workshops Padlet, 2020-2021

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

Hawaiʻi History Day Teacher and Student Kickoff Resource Padlet, 2020-2021

2020-2021 Hawaiʻi History Day Teacher Kickoffs Padlet–This Padlet archives all of the videos and materials covered during our Hawaiʻi History Day Kickoffs.

Teacher Workshop–Protest, Racism, and Social Change Resources, 2020

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.

Resources provided by Professor Mitch Yamasaki and Chaminade History Center

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

National History Day Historical Argumentation Padlet, 2020

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

2021-2022 Hawai’i History Day 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.

We have also put together a special 2021-2022 Kickoff Padlet, which contains a compilation of resources taken from the 2020-2021 season. Consider it a one-stop shop of resources! Visit it here.

For more resources, visit our Teacher Resource Page here.

If you need any support, feel free to contact us at historyday@hihumanities.org. Have a safe and happy beginning to the new school year!

Teacher and Student Workshop Resources

Woman and the American Story–We are excited to offer exciting and valuable resources from our 2020 teacher workshops on Woman and the American Story. See below for videos on our two workshop sessions:

Women and the American Story: Settler Colonialism and the Revolution (1692-1783)

Women and the American Story: Confidence and Crises (1920-1948)

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