Filipino-American Historical Society of Hawaii

Filipino American History Month Events 2019

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).

October 19 & 26, 2019

Makibaka: Huwag Matakot!

October 19, 2019
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Waipahu Public Library
94-275 Mokuola Street, Waipahu, Hawaii 96797

October 26, 2019
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 a.m.
Hawaii State Public Library
478 S. King Street, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813

Event Flyer

"Makibaka: Huwag Matakot!" was the rallying cry for a group of local-born and immigrant Filipinos threatened with eviction from their Waipahu homes. Johnny Verzon will present his recent video, "Makibaka: Huwag Matakot!" (Struggle: Do Not Be Afraid), on the 30-year struggle by Ota Camp residents and community supporters to gain the right to own their homes and maintain their community. A question and answer session will follow each presentation.

Hawaii's Filipino Americans in WWI and WWII Exhibits

April 2019

Kapolei Public Library
2010 Manawai Street, Kapolei, Hawaii, 96707.

Our WWI and WWII exhibits are on view throughout the month of April at the Kapolei Public Library. See March 2019 entry for description.

March 2019

Lama Library, University of Hawaii, Kapiolani Community College
4303 Diamond Head Road, Honolulu, Hawaii, 96816

During March 1-11 FAHSOH's two Filipino veterans exhibits were on display in the Lama Library. 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.

On March 6 a public discussion of the exhibits was be held in the library by Gina Vergara-Bautista and Clement Bautista.

Congressional Gold Medal Awards Ceremony

January 26, 2019

Filipino Community Center
94-428 Mokuola Street
, Waipahu, Hawaii, 96797.

Following the May 6, 2018 Congressional Gold Medal Awards Ceremony, a second ceremony was held at the Filipino Community Center in Waipahu on January 26, 2019. 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]