Filipino-American Historical Society of Hawaii

Filipino American History Month Events 2015

The Filipino-American Historical Society of Hawai‘i (FAHSOH) coordinates several activities commemorating Hawaii's official recognition of Filipino American History Month (FAHM). Although recognized on the U.S. continent for several years, FAHM became officially recognized in Hawai‘i in 2008 with the passing of legislation introduced by State Representative Joey Manahan (Kalihi).

2015 HIFF Filipino Films

November 12-22, 2015

Various locations and times. See flyers in listing below for details.

The 35th Hawaii International Film Festival presented by Halekulani features five films from the right around the corner, November 12 - 22, 2015. We will be primarily screening at the Regal Dole Cannery Stadium 18, with satellite screenings at Koko Marina 8, Doris Duke Theatre, and Ward Village.

THE COFFIN MAKER In one of the most highly praised Filipino films of last year, a hard-working father tries his best to raise a young daughter alone in a rural area, but he is ill-prepared for what fate throws their way. The film takes us on a deeply emotional journey, free of cliché and sentimentality, slowly unveiling the struggles of a man who must confront his guilt and remorse. This return engagement screens as part of the 25th NETPAC Anniversary film series. [flyer]

HENERAL LUNA In 1898, General Antonio Luna, commander of the revolutionary army, is spoiling for a fight. The Philippines, after 300 years as a Spanish colony, has unwillingly come under American rule. General Luna wants to fight for freedom, but members of the elite would rather strike a deal with the US. The infighting is fierce in the new cabinet but Luna and his men forge ahead even as his decisions are met with resistance from soldiers loyal to President Aguinaldo. This film is also the Philippines' official entry to the Academy Awards Foreign Language Film category. [flyer]

HONOR THY FATHER Kaye and Edgar are a pair of married white-collar swindlers, who have cashed in on promoting an investment scheme to their friends and fellow Pentecostal parishioners. But when they run afoul of their latest victims, their devout investors turn on them. When the tension erupts into violence, Edgar decides to seek the aid of his criminally inclined family. HONOR THY FATHER is the latest crime drama from celebrated Filipino director Erik Matti. [flyer]

KID KULAFU Before he became one of the world's greatest boxers, Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao was a young boy living a hand-to-mouth existence, trying to survive one day at a time. When he discovers his natural talent for boxing, he embarks on a brutal and intense journey that takes him from the mountains of the Philippines to the streets of Manila, and must risk everything to become a champion - for himself, his family, and his country. [flyer]

VIOLATOR A devastating typhoon is sweeping over the Philippines, slowly approaching Manila. As if they sensed the final judgment looming, some of the city’s inhabitants behave in ways that are hard to explain. The intriguing mosaic of stories gradually leads us to a police station where the night shift is forced to wait out the forces of nature, while a new prisoner sitting in one of the cells appears to be connected to the mysterious powers concentrated in the storm. [flyer]

Singgalot: The Ties That Bind

October 1-31, 2015

Aiea Public Library
99-374 Pohai Pl, Aiea, HI 96701. See library webpage for hours.

An abbreviated display of the 2006 Smithsonian Institute display, "Singgalot: The Ties That Bind," commemorating 100 years of Filipino migration to the U.S. will be shown at the Aiea Public Library. Originally displayed in 2006 "Singgalot: The Ties That Bind" captures the challenges and issues that confronted Filipinos following the annexation of the Philippines as a U.S. territory in 1898. Singgalot explores the Filipino experience initially as colonial subjects and nationals and further examines their struggles to acquire full citizenship status as immigrants in this country throughout the last century.

This exhibition was developed by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program (APAP) and the Smithsonian Filipino American Centennial Committee; curated by Dean Alegado, associate professor and chair of the Ethnic Studies Department at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa (retired). This presentation is co-sponsored by the Filipino Community Center, Inc., Hawaii's Plantation Village, the UHM Office of Multicultural Student Services and Aiea Public Library.

Sangang Daan

October 24, 2015

Aiea Public Library
99-374 Pohai Pl, Aiea, HI 96701. 2:00 - 4:30 p.m.

A showing of the 1981 FAHSOH-produced film, Sangang Daan, depicting the story of a Filipino plantation camp family dealing with social changes and individual choices. A discussion/forum follows the viewing.

This presentation is co-sponsored by Hawaii's Plantation Village, the UHM Office of Multicultural Student Services and Aiea Public Library.

Denis Rodill: A Filipino Rascal

September 13, 2015

Hawaii's Plantation Village, Social Hall
94-695 Waipahu Street, Waipahu, Hawaii. 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Diane Rodill will present a biography/history of her father, Denis Rodill, who, at age 14, left the Philippines in 1908 aboard a U.S. Army transport ship to eventually work as a pre-1920s migrant worker. His story, which traverses Seattle, Kauai, and Alaska and eventually the Merchant Marines, reveals a rascal youth overcoming enormous challenges.

Dr. Diane Rodill lives in Seattle, Washington and has served as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Philippines, and has worked for the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and the Peace Corps Headquarters.

This event is co-sponsored by Hawaii's Plantation Village, the UHM Office of Multicultural Student Services and 4Culture.

[Event Flyer]

The Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro and Peace in the Philippines

June 3, 2015

Liliha Public Library, Honolulu, Hawaii. 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Prof. Jose Lapuz (Polytechnic University of the Philippines) will speak on the current peace agreement between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). The Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro was drafted with the contributions of many political entities and lays down the principled for establishing an autonomous political entity that recognizes the Bangsamoro's distinct history and aspirations as distinct people.

Lapuz is also a member of the UNESCO National Commission of the Philippines, the UNESCO Advisory Committee on Human Rights and Poverty and a former Presidential Consultant to President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on international politics and humanitarian issues.

[Event Flyer]


Hawaii's Masters of Eskrima Documentation Project

Building upon the enthusiastic response from last years FilAm HistoryFest 2013: Filipino Martial Arts in Hawaii, FAHSOH received a grant from the Hawaii Council for the Humanities to produce a video documentary on Hawaii masters of Filipino martial arts. Included in this project will be oral histories of the masters and displays of the martial arts styles perpetuated by the schools associated with the masters. Clement Bautista, FAHSOH member and eFIL administrator, is the project director. Funding is, in part, provided by the Hawaii Council for the Humanities. Release of the DVD is scheduled for December 2014, with presentations throughout the islands in 2015.

Eskrima documentation project is still on-going. Project completion is in the Fall 2015, with presentations to follow.

eFIL: Filipino American Digital Archives and History Center of Hawaii

New digitized publications -- including Sakada: Filipino Adaptation in Hawaii, Ruben Alcantara's study of Filipino migrant workers in Hawai‘i -- and other updates of FAHSOH's digital archive project and preservation resources are available on the eFIL website.

Philippine Komiks: Creating and Reflecting Filipino Sensibilities

On going from December 11, 2011

Filipino Community Center, Waipahu, Oahu.

FAHSOH member Clement Bautista, administrator of eFIL: Filipino Digital Archives of Hawaii, assembled a traveling exhibit on Philippine komiks entitled, Philippine Komiks: Creating and Reflecting Filipino Sensibilities. The exhibit explores the formal constructs of komiks and how they communicate through their structural features. From the earliest known komiks created by Philippine national hero, Jose P. Rizal, to contemporary variations of the superwoman Darna, Filipino notions of time, place, personhood and hierarchy are created and reflected. By examining komiks within the Philippine context, as an activity of objectified reflection, this project will attempt to present a more generalized approach to understanding the comics phenomena that continually captives our society. Funded, in part, by the Hawaii Council for the Humanities. Go to Philippine Komiks exhibit webpage: [click here].

Exhibit previously on display at Hamilton Library Asian Collection (University of Hawaii at Manoa) and the Hawaii State Library (Honolulu).


Coverage of FAHSOH activities in 2014. [FAHSOH 2014]


Coverage of FAHSOH activities in 2013. [FAHSOH 2013]


Coverage of FAHSOH activities in 2012. [FAHSOH 2012]


Coverage of FAHSOH activities in 2011. [FAHSOH 2011]


Coverage of FAHSOH activities in 2010. [FAHSOH 2010]


Coverage of FAHSOH activities in 2009. [FAHSOH 2009]


Coverage of FAHSOH activities in 2008. [FAHSOH 2008]

eFIL: Filipino American Digital Archives and History Center of Hawaii

Updates of FAHSOH's digital archive project and preservation resources are available on the eFIL website. [link]