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Between 2008 and 2012, institutions and individuals in Hawai’i received $5.7 million from the National Endowment for the Humanities and Hawai’i Council for the Humanities for projects that explore the human endeavor and preserve our cultural heritage.

Below are some examples.

  • About 200,000 pages of historic Hawai’ian newspapers such as the Hilo Tribune and the Honolulu Republican from 1880 to 1922 are being digitized at the University of Hawai’i, Manoa, with support from a $611,000 grant. This work is part of Chronicling America, an NEH collaboration with the Library of Congress.
  • Twenty-five college-level faculty explored Silk Road history in a five-week summer institute supported by a $200,000 grant and organized by the East-West Center Honolulu. The institute was hosted by the Asian Studies Department, a collaboration between the center and the University of Hawai’i.
  • The Friends of Iolani Palace received a grant of about $4,500 to acquire storage furniture and environmental monitoring equipment for the collections at Iolani Palace, Honolulu, a National Historic Landmark.
  • In collaboration with the Redlands Institute, the Kohala Center at Kamuela used a start-up grant of about $30,000 to plan a cross-disciplinary, cross-cultural “Digital Collaboratory” for a geospatially referenced database of the island of Hawai’i.
  • Kinship and lineage in Huizhou Prefecture during the Ming dynasty was the subject of a $40,000 fellowship awarded to Qitao Guo, a professor at the University of Hawai’i, Manoa. Guo reviewed genealogies in Huizhou, China, performing research that provides the basis of a book in preparation, Community, Culture, and Commerce: The Rise of Elite Lineages in Ming-Dynasty Huizhou.
  • Assisted by a $266,500 grant, the Kona Historical Society, in Captain Cook, developed interpretive materials such as a living history presentation, on-site exhibitions, a publication, and a website about the Kalukalu Ranch Homestead and the nineteenth-century H. N. Greenwell General Store and Ranch.
  • Hawai’i History Day, now in its 22nd year, promotes civics education and state history, reaching over 7,500 students through lesson plans and teacher workshops.
  • The nationally acclaimed family literacy program Motheread/Fatheread reaches more than 8,000 lower-income Hawaiians each year with the support of the Hawai’i Council for the Humanities.
  • We Go Jam, a program devoted to native Hawaiian music and a book by the same name, is supported by the Hawai’i Council for the Humanities. It follows We Go Eat, an earlier exhibit and book inspired by the Smithsonian traveling exhibit Key Ingredients.
  • Alfred Shaheen was the fashion entrepreneur who introduced Americans to Hawaiian shirts and dresses. The Hawai’i Council for the Humanities recently supported an exhibition on the history of his designs and island manufacturing.