Kahuku Library Presentation

One way to engage high-school students in newspaper research is to show them how it’s relevant to their lives and the area they’re in.

That was what graduate research assistant Alice Kim tried to do when she introduced Chronicling America to twenty-one college-bound students, teachers, and librarians in Kahuku Public and School Library this past Tuesday. She showed them the areas of interest in the newspapers and how to utilize Chronicling America’s search features.

In the questions and answers section, the students asked Alice to search for information relating to their genealogy and the Kahuku area.

Many of the students had Hawaiian family names and a few famous relatives: a surfer friend of Duke Kahanamoku and a famous warrior who died in the battle of Nuuanu against King Kamehameha I. A search on a student’s last name turned up a man who was charged with a widely publicized murder, possibly revealing skeletons in his family-tree closet (hey, no family tree is perfect)!

A school staff member’s ancestors came to Hawaii as missionaries, and search results showed their significant influence in Hawaii’s business world.

Students also asked about Kahuku School and the Kahuku area. They found out that the Kahuku School once won a garden contest in 1917, as Kahuku was formerly a sugar-mill town.

Alice also talked about the Utah newspapers’ coverage of Native Hawaiian Mormon settlement in Iosepa, Utah, in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Most of the residents eventually moved to Laie, Hawaii, which still has a significant Mormon population.

Many thanks to Lea Domingo, head librarian of Kahuku library, and Keith Higa, for assisting with the presentation.

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