Category Archives: Hawaiian Journal of History

Hawaiian Journal of History, Vol. 51 (2017)

This year marks the 125th anniversary of the Hawaiian Historical Society, and in recognition of this anniversary, the society has printed its logo on the cover of its annual volume of The Hawaiian Journal of History. The logo was redesigned in 1977 and, according to an introduction by Shari Y. Tamashiro:

The two islands represent the Hawaiian Islands, the double-hulled sailing canoe represents the culture of the Native Hawaiians who found and settled the islands, and the three-masted sailing ship represents the cultures of the non-Hawaiians who followed.

The society publishes books in both English and Hawaiian, and HJH is a leading peer-reviewed journal that focuses on the history of Native Hawaiians and all other cultures in Hawai‘i during both pre- and post-contact times.

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Hawaiian Journal of History, Vol. 50 (2016)

From Portraits of Kalaupapa Residents by Father Joseph Julliotte, SS.CC. from this issue. Fathers and Brothers of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary missioned to the Kalaupapa Settlement. Pictured left to right: Brother Sylvanus Van Volsem, Brother Aloysius (Louis) Leisen, Father Wendelin Mollers, Father Paul-Marie (Joseph) Julliotte, Brother Severin Baltes, and Brother Laurence Bergmans at the grave of Father Damien De Veuster, Kalawao, Molokai, 1902. Collection of Congregation of the Sacred Hearts U.S. Province.

In the Notes & Queries section in volume 50 of the Hawaiian Journal of History author Stuart W.H. Ching writes about a collection of glass plate negatives housed  within St. Patrick Monastery in Honolulu.

…This archives contains the collective memory of a religious congregation of priests and lay brothers. Its members were the first Roman Catholic missionaries to the Hawaiian Islands, arriving in 1827. Historical records and visual images found in the Sacred Hearts provincial archives document the Congregation’s personnel and activities as well and that of the communities in which they served. Kalaupapa was one such community for which the Sacred Hearts Congregation left a written and visual record.

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Hawaiian Journal of History Author Discusses Hawai‘i’s First Territorial Legislature at KCC Event

The Hawaiian Historical Society will present an illustrated presentation as part of the launch of their new issue, The Hawaiian Journal of History Volume 49.

Ronald Williams Jr. PhD, author of the lead article for The Hawaiian Journal of History volume 49.

Ronald Williams Jr. PhD will discuss his article, “Race, Power, and the Dilemma of Democracy: Hawai‘i’s First Territorial Legislature, 1901,” this Thursday, March 10 at 7 p.m. at Kapiʻolani Community College, Hale ʻŌhiʻa. The event is free and open to the public.

A program flyer details the event:

The struggle over political power in Hawaiʻi did not end with the American takeover in 1898. In the territorial election of 1900, Kanaka Maoli men and women, in a matter of less than six months, organized a new political party, campaigned against an oligarchic government supported by wealthy business interests, and achieved a convincing victory at the polls. What was the outcome of that legislature and why was this active display of Native leadership ignored by historians for over a century?

The Hawaiian Journal of History Volume 49 is available digitally via Project MUSE and print issues can be ordered through the University of Hawai’i Press.

Hawaiian Journal of History, Vol. 49

Hawaiian Journal of History 49

A Japanese woman with child, Pu‘unēnē, Maui from the issue article “Issei Women and Work: Washerwomen, Prostitutes, Midwives, and Barbers.”
Photographer Ray Jerome Baker. Courtesy Hawai‘i State Archives.

Past histories of the Japanese experience in the Islands have emphasized “the reticent and subservient picture bride and the hard-working, silent plantation field laborer,” writes Kelli Y. Nakamura in her article “Issei Women and Work: Washerwomen, Prostitutes, Midwives, and Barbers.” While authentic enough, these characterizations are simplistic and fail to portray the wide range of activities performed by Issei women, according to Nakamura.

Economic conditions enabled many Issei women use their skills as domestic workers to extend their influence outside the family sphere and create economic opportunities beyond the agricultural fields. Many found opportunities in traditional “women’s work,” such as laundering, cooking, and sewing. Others were active as midwives and barbers, two professions that were dominated by Japanese women, and some even out-earned men by working as prostitutes. According to Nakamura, these women rendered key services in the development of Hawai‘i’s economy, though their contributions have been overshadowed by the stereotype of the passive picture bride and industrious but silent field laborer.

Nakamura’s article is in good company with the articles and book reviews that make up this volume of the Hawaiian Journal of History. Other featured articles include:

  • Race, Power, and the Dilemma of Democracy: Hawai‘i’s First Territorial Legislature, 1901 by Ronald Williams Jr.
  • The Copied Hymns of John Young by Ralph Thomas Kam
  • The Last Illness and Death of Hawai‘i’s King Kalākaua: A New Historical/Clinical Perspective by John F. McDemott MD, Zitta Cup Choy and Anthony P.S. Guerrero MD
  • Buffalo Soldiers at Kīlauea, 1915–1917 by Martha Hoverson
  • Remembering Lili‘uokalani: Coverage of the Death of the Last Queen of Hawai‘i by Hawai‘i’s English-Language Establishment Press and American Newspapers by Douglas v. Askman
  • Genevieve Taggard: The Hawaiian Background to a Radical Poet by Anne Hammond
  • Hawaiian Outrigger Canoes of the Bonin Archipelago by Scott Kramer and Hanae Kurihara Kramer

Find the full text of the issue at Project MUSE

Hawaiian Journal of History 49About the Journal

Published annually since 1967, the Journal presents original articles on the history of Hawai‘i, Polynesia, and the Pacific area as well as book reviews and an annual bibliography of publications related to Island history.


Individuals may receive the journal by joining the Hawaiian Historical Society.


The HJH welcomes scholarly submissions from all writers. See the Guidelines for Contributors.

You can also read more about this issue at the Hawaiian Historical Society’s website.

The Hawaiian Journal of History, vol. 48 (2014)

The University of Hawaii Press is pleased to announce a partnership with the Hawaiian Historical Society to publish The Hawaiian Journal of History. Our first issue is Volume 48, 2014. The journal is not yet available online but Institutions may subscribe to the print issue by contacting the University of Hawaii Press. Individuals may subscribe by becoming a member of the society.


Soichi Sakamoto and the Three Year Swim Club: “The World’s Greatest Swimming Coach”
Kelli Y. Nakamura, 1

Hiki Mai E Ka Lā Ma Ka Hikina: The Sun Arrives In The East
R. Keawe Lopes Jr., 35

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