About Us

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Previous programming was made possible by the generous support and cooperation of the following organizations.

Program Sponsors Presentation Sponsors

photo credits:
DHWW Staff, courtesy DHWW archive
Palama Settlemen, courtesy Palama Settlement archives
2009 Program photos, Jeff Widener

Program contact:

Distinctive Women in Hawaiian History Program
P.O. Box 3166
Honolulu, HI 96802



Distinctive Women in Hawaiian History Program Mission:

To advance and examine scholarship on distinctive women in Hawaiian history.

Our year-round educational programs showcase the stories of women who have lived in Hawai'i and impacted its social and cultural history.

It also explores the activities of women over the ages - activities that helped create 'community' amongst women and helped them find ways to move their families and communities forward.

About Us:

The program idea for the Distinctive Women in Hawaiian History developed after attending a Bishop Museum Teachers Workshop on January 13, 2007. During the workshop's final discussion, it was evident from all gathered, that O'ahu lacked an annual history forum to highlight recent scholarship on women of Hawai'i. The 1st Annual program was developed in three months and debuted April 28, 2007 at the Mission Memorial Auditorium, Honolulu Civic Center in Honolulu, Hawai'i.

The program serves as an important forum for these under-examined histories and also as a bridge between academia and public history. It's become a conduit and catalyst to lifelong learning by providing scholars, students, and cultural practitioners the ability to share their research and engage the community on distinctive women in Hawai'i. No one academic discipline or institution dominates the telling of Hawaiian history - we acknowledge and showcase the multitude of organizations that contribute to that body of knowledge and their exploration of the stories of our female ancestors.

Welcome to our 6th year of women's history programming. We thank you for the opportunity to introduce you to women of Hawai‘i. We embrace the legacy of activists, thinkers, strivers, and dreamers. Their stories permit us to indulge in dreams for our taking.

These stories are shining examples of strong, resilient women empowering themselves and rejecting the status quo. The stories included in this program broaden our understanding of historical events which have largely ignored the voices of women from the official historical record. This program shares women's more intimate realms such as the history of our immediate families, communities and social networks.

Learning about other women's paths can inspire us to affirm our own. These stories show what can happen when inner voices and intuition are followed. The wisdom happens when you trust those expressions and solutions soon follow.

We are proud to have brought a quality program, with top-notch presenters, for these past 5 years. We strongly believe that the little-known stories of Hawai‘i's distinctive women need to be told and shared. Be a part of our new 2012 programming year by joining us as a volunteer, financial contributor, program resource person, or by partnering your organization with our efforts. Please contact us with your interest or pledge of support: info@distinctivewomenhawaii.org

Your generosity is greatly appreciated.

Mahalo nui loa,
Jamie Conway
Director and Founder, Distinctive Women in Hawaiian History