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date: 06 June 2020

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In order to study the “Asian American” experience in Hawai’i, one must look at the larger picture of the islands’ kingdom, territory, and statehood eras when Asian Americans lived alongside Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders as well. Whereas older historical studies focused on the sugar plantation and immigration experiences, new academic and community approaches to Hawai’i’s multiple histories are making greater use of Hawaiian-language materials and geographical approaches that can provide local communities—and academic ones—with a more meaningful sense of place. Archives and libraries are still repositories for historical records, but oral histories, cultural traditions (like hula and mele), and other forms of public history are increasingly vital to new historical accounts that are of use to multiple publics and that are frequently accessible online.

Keywords: Asians, history, Hawai'i, immigration, language, Native Hawaiians, oral traditions, Pacific Islanders, public history, sense of place

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