July 9

History Student Discussion: “Rethinking Race Matters in Hawaiʻi”

A history students discussion of current events in conversation with Dr. John P. Rosa’s book, Local Story: The Massie-Kahahawai Case and the Culture of History
Moderated by Emily Holmberg and Adrian Alarilla
Sponsored by the Phi Alpha Theta National History Honor Society, UH Mānoa chapter
and the UH Mānoa History Department
July 9, 2020, Thursday, 12:00 pm HST

On June 1, 2020, in response to the protests in the continent and the resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement, Governor David Ige tweeted that “Diversity is highly valued in #Hawaii, and we believe our residents can show the world how we live together respectfully.” However, this image of Hawaiʻi as a “melting pot” of different races only serves to obscure the fact that systemic racism continues to manifest itself in ways that parallel that of the experience of Black, Indigenous, People of Color on the continent.

As we reflect on our place in this current moment we are living in, we invite everyone to explore the history of racism in Hawai‘i with us through a virtual discussion of Dr. John P. Rosa’s book, Local Story: The Massie-Kahahawai Case and the Culture of History. It tells the story of an infamous case in the 1930s that exposed the festering racial tensions in the then Territory of Hawai‘i.

We encourage everyone to read the whole book prior to the discussion (for UH staff, faculty, and students, it is available online through our library here). Please come to the discussion with your thoughts, comments, and questions.

Please register for this event here: https://forms.gle/jKTqFwLn9EuNz5yH9

8/3/20 UPDATE: Please go here for a write-up of the event.