Identity and Place: Celebrating Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Heritage in the Hawaiian Islands


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AANHPI Hawai‘i Forum 2018

When: Jan 26 2018 (All day) until Jan 27 2018 (All day)
Where: Imin Conference Center, East West Center, Honolulu, Hawaii


Using the “Finding a Path Forward: Asian American/Pacific Islander National Historic Landmarks Theme Study” as a foundation, the AANHPI Hawai‘i Forum and related events are a platform to give voice to underrepresented narratives from the Asian American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander populations and to identify sites associated with these histories in Hawai‘i, facilitating their designation as National Historic Landmarks and their listing in the National Register of Historic Places.


1. Educate about AANHPI Heritage and relevance to Hawaii’s communities;

2. Engage by involving community members in heritage protection efforts;

3. Identify by acknowledging and documenting places of significance to AANHPI heritage in Hawai‘i; and

4. Protect by developing action steps and options to preserve AANHPI heritage sites.


Bishop Museum

East West Center

Historic Hawai‘i Foundation

Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i

National Park Service

Shangri La Museum of Islamic Art Culture & Design

University of Hawai‘i West O‘ahu

Wai‘anae High School Searider Productions


The overall content of the Forum will broaden the view of historic preservation within the context of our unique place in the Pacific Basin and explore the theme of identity, culture and place and discuss the sacred, the profane and the mundane and how they intersect.

A key component of the Forum will be community-based action planning to develop tactics to identify and protect sites that are significant to Hawaii’s AANHPI heritage. Future plans will be developed based on the community input and commitments.

Results from the community workshop/action planning session portion of the Forum will be used to design next steps to identify built and cultural sites, objects and districts related to these populations and their untold stories that need protection and begin the process to steward their recognition as National Historic Landmarks (where appropriate) and potential nominations for the Hawai‘i State and National Registers of Historic Places.


The Youth Video Project is an affiliated program involving student video productions that represent their perspectives on history, culture, place and identity and providing them a platform to share the results of their exploration of these topics with Forum attendees and the wider community.


Primary Contact Info:
Name: Jaymen Laupola
Phone: 808-944-7332