The 1898 Project

About the Project

Launched experimentally in 2023, “1898” is gaining momentum in 2024 through a progression of events and a two-day summit (April 13-14) involving Hawai’i, Guam, the Philippines, and Puerto Rico. We have done a test run of this mix of information and viewpoints in two venues; connections and commonalities were quickly made and discussion flowed. We are convinced of the relevance and efficacy of this process.

Cosponsors thus far include the Hawai’i Book and Music Festival, PBS Hawaii, the Island Insights Program, and the Center for Biographical Research. Cosponsors of planned events include Native Hawaiian Student Services, the School of Hawaiian Knowledge, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa; and the Judiciary History Center of Hawai’i.

Project Conveners

  • Dr. Jonathan K. Osorio, Dean, Hawaiʻinuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
  • Meleanna Meyer, film producer, art director, international artist
  • Tom Coffman, author of Nation Within, producer of film by same title, contributor to national portraits exhibit
  • Dr. Vina Lanzona, author of Amazons of the Huk Rebellion, professor, former director of Center for Philippine Studies
  • Dr. Craig Howes, director, UH Center for Biographical Research, professor, living history producer, actor, author
  • Dr. Amy Agbayani, founding director emeritus, Operation Manong, Vice Chancellor emeritus, Hawaiʻi representative to the national Initiative on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders
  • Dr. Colin Moore, author of American Imperialism and the State, 1893–1921, Matsunaga Peace Institute, University of Hawaiʻi Economic Research Association
  • John D. Waiheʻe, Governor of Hawaiʻi, 1986–1994, active participant in commuity initiatives, focus on developing wider understanding of Hawaiian and American history
  • Catherine Cruz, Hawaiʻi Public Radio, particular interest in the Philippines, Guam, Hawaiʻi
  • Dr. William Kauai, Director, Native Hawaiian Student Services, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa