Today in Hawaiian History on Facebook

If you love learning some of the lesser-known events in Hawaiian history, and be reminded of some of the big days as well, check out our page on Facebook.  We have commemorated the deaths of Brudda Iz Kamakawiwo’ole, Kamehameha the Great, and Gerrit Parmele Judd, with pictures and biographies. We have celebrated firsts such as the re-building of Waine’e Church, the release of an Elvis movie, and Mōʻī Kalakaua’s winning canoe paddling crew during races celebrating his birthday in 1885. To get your daily dose of Hawaiian history, “like” our page on Facebook. hhs kamehamehahhs elvis


Membership drive launched

Aloha e nā hoa (friends)! Today marks the launch of our two-week HHS membership drive! New members are so important to us. By far, our greatest source of revenues to fulfill our mission of preserving, protecting, and giving access to Hawaiʻiʻs history comes from membership dues. In this difficult economy, we need more members to continue to fulfill that mission. For only $40 for the year, you can know that you are a part of supporting this work AND you receive a free copy of the Hawaiian Journal of History!!! Please consider signing up at the link now. Mahalo nō hoʻi.You can join by clicking on theHJH47cvr100 “Join Us” button on the top right of this page.

HHS Seeks New Administrative Director – Librarian

HHSAfter 42 years, HHS Administrative Director-Librarian Barbara Dunn is retiring and we are seeking applications from qualified persons. This is a full time position. Applications will be accepted until June 30, 2014. This position serves as administrative director for the Hawaiian Historical Society and the librarian for the Society’s research library on the history of Hawai‘i and the Pacific Islands. This position reports directly to the Hawaiian Historical Society board of trustees and provides staff support for the board of trustees. Duties include:

  • Administer operations of the organization, including budgeting and expenditures
  • Serve as librarian for Society’s publicly accessible research library
  • Organize and implement Society projects and programs
  • Manage publications programs
  • Apply for and administer grants
  • Oversee office operations and supervise staff and volunteers

Minimum qualifications:

  • Masters degree in library and information science.
  • Knowledge of history of Hawai‘i.
  • Good written and verbal communication and good management skills.
  • Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people.

Desirable qualifications: Knowledge of or familiarity with Hawaiian language.

Email cover letter and resume to Barbara Dunn at or mail to Hawaiian Historical Society, 560 Kawaiahao Street, Honolulu, HI 96813. Call 808 537-6271 for information.

New Officers and Board Members Installed

puakeaPuakea Nogelmeier, professor of Hawaiian language at the University of Hawai’i, has been elected President of the Hawaiian Historical Society for a one-year term. New board members are Kepa Maly, a historical and cultural consultant, Nanea Armstrong-Wassel, Hawaiian cultural research specialist at Kamehameha Schools, and Hardy Spoehr, recently retired Director of Papa Ola Lokahi. Spoehr, who is a returning member of the HHS Board, was appointed Vice President. Continuing Board members Don Hibbard and Gary Okamoto will serve as Secretary and Treasurer respectively.

Leaving the Board after their years of service are Craig Howes, Esther Kwon Arinaga and Jadelyn Moniz-Nakamura. Continuing their terms are immediate past president Helen Wong Smith, Ian Birnie, Makana Risser Chai, Stuart Ching, Damaris Kirchhofer, John Rosa, Shari Tamashiro, Ronald Williams and Janet Zisk.


Portuguese-American Digital Archives Presentation: Historic Portuguese-Language Newspapers from Hawai‘i

newspaper imageSonia Pacheco of the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth will give a presentation in Honolulu May 5, 2014, on how to use the recently digitized versions of historic Portuguese-language newspapers from Hawai‘i (1885-1924) for genealogical or other types of research.

Pacheco was the librarian/archivist responsible for the project to add six Portuguese-language newspapers published in Hawai‘i between 1885 and 1937 to the Portuguese-American Archives Digital Newspaper Collections. The project was done in collaboration with The Hawaiian Historical Society, which provided the original newspapers.

What once required travel to various archives and hours of poring over paper documents or reel after reel of microfilm can now be done for free from one’s home or office by means of a computer. Each issue of the newspapers in the collection can be browsed or searched by keyword. The site also enables searching across all issues of the same paper or across all newspapers in the collection.

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