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Newsletter of the Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities Issue 05-2 • Winter 2005–06


Smithsonian Exhibition


Begins Hawai‘i Tour in March


Participants in the Museum on Main Street workshop, (left to right) Grace Lo, Warren Nishimoto, Gail Ainsworth, Merri Fernandez, Jill Maruyama (back), Steve Kooiman, Lynn Elia, Toni Han Palermo (behind poster), Carol Lovell, Burl Burlingame, national MoMS Coordinator LuAnn Kern, Lawrence "Hank" Heyenga, Stacie Kanno, Richard Burns.


‘‘P photo: Hawai‘i War Records Depository, University of Hawai‘i


“Produce for Victory” humanities scholar Warren Nishimoto invited seven scholars and writers to join him in examining life on the home front in Hawai‘i from different perspectives in short essays presented on Pages 4 to 11:


■ Historian Allan Winkler of Miami University provides an all-encompassing view of the “Home Front, USA.”


■ Historian Warren Nishimoto of the University of Hawai‘i Center for Oral History describes life on the home front in Hawai‘i.


■ Historian Linda Menton of the University of Hawai‘i at Ma


■ Edward Beechert, UH Professor Emeritus of History, addresses the labor scene in Hawai‘i.


■ Historian and filmmaker Tom Coffman chronicles the transformation that took place in Hawai‘i’s Japanese community while the U.S. was at war.


■ Historian Judy Litoff of Bryant University explores the impact on women’s roles nationally.


■ Cultural anthropologist Geoffrey White, UH professor and East-West Center senior fellow, studies the depiction of Hawai‘i’s home front in a U.S. government-made film.


■ Historian Samuel Yamashita of Pomona College presents a revealing picture of life from the home front in wartime Japan.


These articles present valuable background for dialogue about the exhibit and activities sponsored by the participating museums.


-noa examines the oral histories of civilians in the islands.


roduce for Victory: Posters on the American Home Front, 1941-45,” a traveling Smithsonian exhibition of posters and memorabilia from World War II, comes to Hawai‘i in March. Coupled with locally developed programs, the exhibition from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History will provide audiences with an understanding of how the wartime experience shaped civilian life in the islands.


The exhibition begins with a four-week run at the King Kamehameha V Judiciary History Center in Honolulu, March 18 to April 19. Through a partnership of the Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities, Federation of State Humanities Councils and the Smithsonian Institution, the show will travel to eight locations on four islands in 2006-2007. HCH is also exploring the possibility of the exhibit being placed on permanent display at the USS Missouri Memorial in Pearl Harbor at the end of the tour. By then libraries and


museums in communities from Honolulu to Hilo, including Kapolei, Kailua, Käne‘ohe, Wailuku and Lïhue will have hosted the displays and activities that recall life on the home front in wartime Hawai‘i.


“World War II was an era in our history that changed us dramatically — especially Hawai‘i,” says Warren Nishimoto, project humanities scholar and liaison with the institutions in the development of Hawai‘i-related


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