4th Annual Distinctive Women in Hawaiian History Program
He Ho‘olaule‘a No Nā Mo‘olelo o Nā Wāhine, A Celebration of Women's History

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Program Sponsors:

Title and Presenting Sponsor

Hawaii Council for the Humanties

Associate Sponsors

Supporting Sponsors:

Contributing Sponsors:

Volunteer Sponsor:
Kapi‘olani Community College's Phi Theta Kappa honors program and Hawaiian Studies students

photo credits:
Daniel K. Fine Arts

2010 Program
Hawai‘i Convention Center's Theater 310
at the Jean Charlot Courtyard, Honolulu, Hawai‘i
Saturday, October 23, 2010

Morning Presentations
Living Museum displays in the Jean Charlot Courtyard

Kapa Display - with Ka‘iulani de Silva renowned kapa practitioner
Barkcloth-a light, strong cloth called kapa in Hawai‘i and tapa in the rest of Polynesia-dominated Hawaiian textiles until contact with Europeans. Hawaiian kapa designs were among the most innovative of the Pacific Islands. The display provides an introduction to this ancient Hawaiian art form thru kapa samples, tools, plants, and informal discussion.
Display Sponsor: Kalihi-Pālama Culture and Arts Society

Early Hawaiian Literacy Display
Following the Protestant missionaries 1820 arrival from New England, work began with native Hawaiians to develop a written Hawaiian alphabet for translating the Bible. The missionaries were highly educated and shared this education with the people of Hawai‘i. The end result was that the Kingdom of Hawai‘i was one of the most literate nations of its time. The display shares the methods used to teach reading and writing to the Hawaiian people which allowed them to create a written record of their history.
Display Sponsor: Mission Houses Museum

Administrative Announcements, Emcee Raine Arndt
Welcome by Michael Munekiyo, Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities
Opening Chant by Jonah La‘akapu Lenchanko of Hālau O Kawailani and 34th King Kamehameha Hula Competition-1st in Chant Division, chant selection O Ua Ao Noweo

Hawaiian Letter Writing Woman: Queen Emma [1836-1885]
Readings of selected political and personal letters between Queen Emma and her cousin, from News from Molokai, Letters between Peter Kaeo & Queen Emma, 1873-1876. The letters also explored in the context of the history of Kalaupapa, Moloka‘i and late 19th century letter writing.
Presenters: Craig Howes, Ph.D., Director, Center for Biographical Research, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa; Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl, Playwright and Novelist and actor Wil Kahele
Sponsor: Hawaiian Historical Society

Holehole Bushi: Songs of the Cane Field as Reflecting the Japanese Female Experience (from the 1890s)
Across Hawai‘i, Japanese female sugar cane workers used these charming folk songs to express their joy, hardships, deeply felt homesickness, as well as domestic sexual passions. The songs capture a history of remembrance some have nicknamed "Buddhahead Blues".
Presenter: Franklin Odo, Ph.D., former Founding Director of the Asian Pacific American Program, Smithsonian Institution; with Japanese music songstress Tiffany Reiko Sato-Holt
Sponsor: Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities and the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i

Living Museum displays in the Jean Charlot Courtyard

Homage to Women in Poems
Young Adult Slam Poets and Contemporary Poets give poetic voice to women's lives: young adult idealism and longing, middle-age experienced wisdom and betrayal, and later life's reflections and triumphant
Presenters: Kealoha of Slam Hawai‘i, Faith Pascua of Youth Speak Hawai‘i; Contemporary Poets including Jean Toyama, Ann Inoshita and Christy Passion; and Filipina-American poet Amalia Bueno.

Library/Archives Holdings on Today's Topics
The UH Library at Mānoa's Hawaiian Collection, Hawai‘i War Records Depository (HWRD), and the Ramanzo Adams Social Research Laboratory (RASRL) Collection (1922-1966) available to the community for continuing study.
The Hawaiian Collection is internationally recognized for its material dating from the nineteenth century. The HWRD, established in 1943, is an extensive archival collection documenting civilian life in Hawai‘i during World War II. The RASRL collection includes territorial Hawai‘i research on race relations, WWII cultural conflict, impact of, industrial relations, and the changing family.
Presenters: Joan Hori, Curator, Hawaiian Collection and Head of Hawaiian and Pacific Collections Department and Archivist James Cartwright, University of Hawai‘i Archives at Mānoa
Sponsor: University of Hawai‘i Library at Mānoa

Book Basket Raffle - morning drawing, Emcee Raine Arndt

Catered Lunch by the Hawai‘i Convention Center

Afternoon Presentations
Women in WWII Hawai‘i Scene Setter
This segment explores women's roles while living within the war zone of the Territory of Hawai‘i, under martial law. The stories reveal how the upheaval of war changed these women along with their families, churches, and other associations while adjusting to painful new circumstances.
Presenter: DeSoto Brown, Collection Manager, Bishop Museum Archives and author of Hawaii Goes to War: Life in Hawaii from Pearl Harbor to Peace

Women in an Era of Change
WW II had a dramatic and far-reaching effect on the lives of Hawai‘i's women. The war years altered the way women saw themselves and the world in which they lived. It expanded their horizons and increased an awareness of their capabilities. This presentation uses narratives based on oral history interviews, to illustrate the hardships, sacrifices, and benefits experienced by women in WW II Hawai‘i. The women speak of: the tragic loss of family members; expanded roles in the war effort to include employment opportunities; the loss of civil liberties due to the complications of race; and large-scale changes to their local communities. Stories include:

Presenters: Warren S. Nishimoto, Ph.D. and Michi Kodama-Nishimoto, Center for Oral History, College of Social Sciences, UH at Mānoa with Nyla Fujii-Babb, storyteller actor.
Sponsor: Center for Oral History, College of Social Sciences, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Helen Kinau Kalili of Haleiwa (1899-1960), Hawaiian WWII Hospitality
Hawaiian families who established Rest and Recuperation sites for injured/battle fatigued service members in their homes, churches, and neighborhoods (1941-1945).
Presenters: Dreana (Dre) Kalili and Amy Kalili Asano

Sophie Judd Cooke [1881-1966]
She established a recuperation site for injured/battle fatigued Army & Navy fliers and submariners at Moloka‘i Ranch and maintained heartfelt correspondence with the military families of the 265 service members who stayed at Cooke's R&R site (1942-1945).
Presenter: Curator Nancy J. Richards
Sponsor: USS Bowfin Submarine Museum

Acknowledgments by Jamie Conway, Event Director & Founder


Book Basket Raffle - afternoon drawing, Emcee Raine Arndt

Alyce Hoogs [1895-1961]
Honolulu Academy of Arts' Director of Education during the war period (1941-1945). Ms. Hoogs creatively adjusted art education and the art experience to make the visual arts relevant to Hawai‘i's children, locals, service personnel, and war workers. Presentation also examines special procedures enacted for maintaining public access, while safeguarding its cultural arts treasures based on the uncertainties of the Territory's war zone designation.
Presenter: Betsy Forrest Robb, Curator of Education
Sponsor: Honolulu Academy of the Arts

2010 Hawai‘i History Day projects on the topic of Women's History

Presenter: Youth historian Marissa Okazaki and teacher Amy Perruso with introduction by HCH's Executive Director Robert Buss
Sponsor: Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities' Hawai‘i History Day Program

Film Profiles of Women in Hawai‘i

Singing Hawai‘i Aloha; Closing Chanter: Ka'ala Estores Pacheco, Freshman, California Polytechnic State University at Pomona, Kamehameha Schools Class of 2010, chant selection Eō e Nā Mamo. Program Evaluation turn-in.