Filipino-American Historical Society of Hawaii

Filipino American History Month Events 2018

The Filipino-American Historical Society of Hawai‘i (FAHSOH) coordinates several activities commemorating Hawaii's official recognition of Filipino American History Month (FAHM) in October. 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).

November 2018

Hawaii State Library
478 S. King Street, Honolulu, Hawaii, 96813.

Our WWI and WWII exhibits will be installed and displayed during the first two weeks of November, commemorating Veterans Day. See October 2018 entry for description.

October 2018

University of Hawaii, West Oahu Library
91-1001 Farrington Highway, Kapolei, Hawaii, 96707

During the month of October (Filipino American History Month) FAHSOH's two Filipino veterans exhibits will be on display. Our WWI exhibit describes the experiences of Filipino plantation workers who volunteered to defend Hawaii during WWI as part of the Hawaiian National Guard. Over 4000 Filipinos were recruited in the lead up to and during the war. Our WWII exhibit covers the participation of Filipinos in the Philippine Campaign, especially as part of the First and Second Filipino Regiments, and the part Filipinos in the Philippines played during Japan's occupation. In both exhibits, the promises made and not kept by the United States and Hawaii Territorial governments are described.


Congressional Gold Medal Awards Ceremony

May 6, 2018

Hilton Hawaiian Village, Coral Ballroom
2005 Kalia Road, Honolulu, Hawaii, 96815.

As part of the awarding ceremony for the Filipino Veterans Congressional Gold Medal, FAHSOH prepared an exhbit, "Loyalty & Valor: Hawaii's Filipino and Filipino American Soldiers." Exhibit will be shown at other CGM events and public venues throughout the year.

Hawaii Masters of Eskrima


Hawaii Masters of Eskrima DVD is being distributed to libraries and will be available for purchase to the general public.

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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.

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).

Other FAHSOH Activities

Coverage of FAHSOH activities in other years:

[FAHSOH 2019] [FAHSOH 2018] [FAHSOH 2017] [FAHSOH 2016] [FAHSOH 2015] [FAHSOH 2014] [FAHSOH 2013] [FAHSOH 2012] [FAHSOH 2011] [FAHSOH 2010] [FAHSOH 2009] [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]