Understanding the Native Hawaiian experience during the territorial period (1900-1959)
Imua, Me Ka Hopo Ole brings together perspectives of Native Hawaiian students, families, lawmakers, teachers, and principals, and examines their various narrative forms, educational activities, and schooling experiences during Hawaiʻi’s territorial period (1900-1959). This website, designed for middle-school through college students and educators, sheds light on the indigenous response towards Americanization and U.S. occupation that was critical for sustaining Native Hawaiian identity.
Native responses from Students, Teachers and Community members to Americanization. This section provides PDFs of student testimonials, bills and other legislation.
For Educators, which include student inquiry lessons and resource links.
Dr. Derek Taira, with funding from the Spencer Foundation, entrusted as a partner to envision and develop this project. We gathered photos from multiple archives and sources, which helped immensely in providing visual context to this work.