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The Department of History at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa offers degree programs at the BA, MA, and PhD levels and is comprised of award-winning teachers and researchers.

Our geographical location facilitates our expertise in Asian, Hawaiian, Pacific, and World histories, as well as the American and European pasts. History majors find success in a variety of careers from teaching, research, and advocacy, to government service, journalism, law and business. The possibilities are endless. And we are here to help you navigate the way to your future.

 

In the Spotlight

John Rosa’s Book About “Local” Hawai‘i

LOCAL STORY: THE MASSIE-KAHAHAWAI CASE AND THE CULTURE OF HISTORY

Local Story is a close examination of how Native Hawaiians, Asian immigrants, and others responded to challenges posed by the military and federal government during the case’s investigation and aftermath. In addition to providing a concise account of events as they unfolded, the book shows how this historical narrative has been told and retold in later decades to affirm a local identity among descendants of working-class Native Hawaiians, Asians, and others—in fact, this understanding of the term “local” in the islands dates from the Massie-Kahahawai case. It looks at the racial and sexual tensions in pre-World War II Hawai‘i that kept local men and white women apart and at the uneasy relationship between federal and military officials and territorial administrators.

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