Hawaii History Day
Hawaii History Day is affiliated with National History Day and
is conducted in cooperation with the State Department of Education
and interested private schools. It involves collaboration between
teachers, students, historians in colleges and universities, and
local and other museums, historical societies and archives. It includes
teacher's support and student activities, and historian assistance
History provides the only avenue we have to reach an understanding
of ourselves, our society and of how many things change and others
continue, all in relation to the human condition over time. We can
be sure that students will experience enormous changes over their
lifetimes. History is the discipline that can best help them to
understand and deal with change, and at the same time to identify
the deep continuities that link past and present.
Hawaii History day is aimed at enriching the learning of history
in the schools by getting students to "do history" and
move beyond the memorization of dates and events.
Similar in format to science fairs, students in grades 6-12 conduct
research and produce a history day project in one of the following
Historical paper (individual only)
Exhibit (individual or group of up to 3 students)
Documentary (individual or group of up to 3 students)
Performance (individual or group of up to 3 students)
Hawaii's schools select student projects for participation in the
Hawaii History Day for their school district. District History Days
are held on Hawaii, Maui, Kauai and for the four school districts
on Oahu in March of each year. Qualifying projects at the district
level, participate in State History Day held in Honolulu in April.
Outstanding projects at State History Day are eligible to participate
in National History Day in mid-June at the University of Maryland
at college Park At District, State and National History Days, students
with outstanding projects are eligible for various certificates,
medals, scholarships and monetary awards.
Waiakea High School has consistently participated in History Day
in the senior division and has performed well in School, District,
and States and beginning in '97 participated in nationals.