Weaving Voices: Connecting Communities through Hawaiʻi Life Stories

Looking to Our Past for New Political Visions

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In this episode, we continue to explore communities in transition, by using oral histories to revisit the era of economic change from plantations to tourism, and political change with the return of AJAs [Americans of Japanese Ancestry] and rise of the Democratic Party in the 1950s. In those times of tumult, new political leaders brought forth a strong and different vision for the future of Hawaiʻi, sparking huge transformation.

Public Program

Featured Speakers:

  • Sandy Ma, Executive Director of Common Cause Hawai’i
  • Colin Moore, Director of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s Public Policy Center

Voices from Oral History:

  • Hawaiʻi State Chief Justice William S. Richardson
  • State Senator John Ushijima
  • Territorial/State Governor William Quinn
  • State Representative Helene Hale
  • State Representative Robert Oshiro

This event was organized in partnership with the King Kamehameha V Judiciary History Center, UH Mānoa’s Center for Oral History, Hawaiʻi Council for the Humanities, and Hawaiʻi Public Radio.