Online Archival Resource Documents Political Debates Surrounding the H-3 Freeway

A hybrid symposium, Archives & Political Processes: A Case Study on the History of the H-3 Freeway, will take place on Thursday, October 12, 2023, from 12:00-3:30 pm at Windward Community College Library, 45-720 Keaahala Rd, Kaneohe, HI 96744, Conference Room 304/305.  This event is co-sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship for Diversity, Inclusion & Cultural Heritage at Rare Book School, the University of Hawaiʻi School of Law Library, the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Hamilton Library, and the Windward Community College Library.

The event will launch an online resource that curates archival materials from U.S. federal, Hawaiʻi state, and community levels that document the political processes and debates surrounding the construction of the H-3 freeway. 

The questions this symposium aims to address are:
  • How do we understand political processes in Hawaiʻi?
  • What is the purpose of reflecting on conflicting political views that shape Hawaiʻi’s present?
  • How can archives and libraries play a role in reflecting back on our past to raise broad-based discussion on what we do with these histories in the present and future?
The symposium will feature presentation and dialogue between:
  • Archival and library workers who reflect on their process of creating this online resource:
    • Dawn Sueoka, UH Mānoa Hamilton Library Congressional Papers Archivist
    • Dore Minatodani, UH Mānoa Hamilton Hawaiian-Pacific Collections Librarian
    • Gwen Sinclair, UH Mānoa Hamilton Government Documents Librarian
    • Ellen-Rae Cachola, UH School of Law Library Evening Supervisor & Archives Manager
    • Kyle Hart, MA Graduate of UH Mānoa Hawaiian Studies
    • Kealohilani Minami, BA Graduate of UH Mānoa Political Science
    • Perry Arrasmith, Master’s of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) Candidate with the UH Mānoa Department of Urban and Regional Planning
    • Kylee Munro, Graduate Student of UH Mānoa Masters of Library & Information Science Program
  • Community leaders & professionals who were involved in, or knowledgeable of, H-3’s history to review the online resource, and reflect on their own understanding of the political process they experienced.
    • Mahealani Cypher, board member of Koʻolau Foundation (formerly Stop H-3)
    • Tom Dye, former Oʻahu Island Archaeologist, SHPD, DLNR
    • Jennifer Sabas, former Chief of Staff to Senator Daniel Inouye
    • Kawena Komeiji, Hawaiian Pacific Resources Librarian, UH West Oʻahu
  • We will end with a question-and-answer session.
We invite interested students, teachers, researchers, and the public to register on this link to sign up for this free, hybrid symposium by selecting if you will attend in-person or online.  Due to space limitations, we can accept up to 40 people to reserve an in-person seat at the Windward Community College Library; after that max has been reached, those people will be given the Zoom link.  For those who plan to attend online, a Zoom webinar registration link will be made available if you select this option. We invite interested attendees to submit a question that may be considered for discussion. 

For more information, please contact or (808) 956-2867.