Fifteen Molokai students competed in the 2012 Hawaii History Day State Fair April 14 at Windward Community College on Oahu.
This is the third year Molokai High School students have participated in the Hawaii History Day Program. “The Hawaii Council for the Humanities is very pleased with the students and their work,” said Jane Murau, History Day coordinator for the HCH.
Those who made it to the state competition represent the top 3 percent of students who participate in the History Day Program. An affiliate of National History Day, the Hawaii program is a yearlong history education program that invigorates the teaching and learning of history for students in grades four through 12.
For Molokai, the following students were top finishers at the Molokai District History Day Fair Feb. 29 and competed at the state competition:
Senior paper — Kelsie Espiritu-Tanabe, “Kalakaua World Traveler,” first; Kiloaulani Kaawa-Gonzales, “El Grito de Lares,” second; Michaela Riehn, “Bathing Suits,” third.
Senior exhibit — Hope Will, “Propaganda in Nazi Germany,” first;Conan Kawano and Quintin Chow, “Kapu System & Overthrow,” second; Kiana Simmons and Haaloha Aikala-Falealii, “The Trading of Curt Flood and other Baseball Players,” Kainoa Pali, third.
Senior documentary — Jhaymie-Lee Davis and Apelilia Tangonan, “Kahoolawe Then & Now,” first.
Senior Website — Michael Kikukawa and Michael Onofrio, “Telephone,” first; Trevor Takata and Codi Kamakana, “The History of Free Agency,” second; Shampayne Kaai, “Ruby Nell Bridges: Revolution, Reaction, and Reform in History,” third.
The national theme for this year’s competition, “Revolution, Reaction, Reform in History.” Each year a different theme is designed to engage critical thinking in an historical context.
In Hawaii, over 288 students and 73 teachers from 38 schools across the state participated in the State Fair. The Hawaii Council for the Humanities organizes district and state contests and provides support with free classroom visits, materials, and teacher, student and parent workshops.