Hawai’i Council for the Humanities

“That connection is so very important. The key is to help the kids and hopefully break the cycle. We gotta help the next generation.”

Ted SakaiFormer Director of Hawaii Department of Safety and former prison warden on Motheread/ Fatheread

Our Mission

To connect people with ideas that broaden perspectives, enrich lives and strengthen communities.

About Us

For more than 40 years, Hawai’i Council for the Humanities has encouraged and supported historical, philosophical and cultural programs for the general public. We seek to use the public humanities to nurture the joy of learning, and inspire community and civic engagement. We aim to bring the humanities to hard-to-reach and nontraditional audiences across the state.  Our goal is to improve the quality of life in Hawai‘i through public programs that apply the humanities to everyday lives to help strengthen communities and encourage civic dialogue.

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Engage, Explore, Encourage, Educate, Experience - It's National Arts & Humanities Month! (Part 1 of 2)
Engage, Explore, Encourage, Educate, Experience - It's National Arts & Humanities Month! (Part 1 of 2)
October 18, 2016

October is National Arts & Humanities Month! See how councils across the nation are blending the two disciplines to inspire communities and promote understanding. (Part 1 of 2)

FEATURE: From Student Workshops to Summer Teacher Institutes, Councils Provide Enrichment Activities for all Ages
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Schwartz Prize: Call for 2016 Nominations
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Calling all outstanding public humanities programs! The Federation is now accepting nominations for the 2016 Schwartz Prize. Submission deadline is August 17, 2016.

Thousands of Students Present Historical Research Projects at 2016 National History Day - Winners Announced!
Thousands of Students Present Historical Research Projects at 2016 National History Day - Winners Announced!
June 16, 2016

State humanities councils, FSHC, and other humanities organizations come together to support National History Day – a program that brings students together, in a friendly history competition, from around the world.

MAY FEATURE: Humanities Documentaries
MAY FEATURE: Humanities Documentaries
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Through the use of documentary films, councils across the country are reaching new audiences and sharing previously untold stories of our nation in ways that challenge our understanding of history while promoting community engagement.