Teacher institute "World War II in the Pacific: Exploring Hawai`i and Pacific Island Perspectives using Primary Sources" sponsors

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"World War II in the Pacific: Exploring Hawai`i and Pacific Island Perspectives using Primary Sources"

SPONSORS: Pacific Historic Parks, Hawai`i Council for the Humanities, and National Park


DATES: July 11-15, 2011

PLACE: Tokai University, Honolulu and various World War II historic sites on O`ahu

COST: Free and open to all K-12 public and private school teachers in Hawai`i, with travel

support and accommodations provided to neighbor island teachers.

This five-day institute will enable teachers—via tours, panel presentations, and hands-on discussion sessions--to explore the causes and effects of the Pacific War by examining three types of primary historical sources: 1) historic sites; 2) oral histories; and 3) documents, photographs, and artifacts.

HISTORIC SITES: Participants will tour key sites, such as the USS Arizona Memorial, the USS Missouri, Ford Island, Hickam Field, and the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl). The tours will be led by Daniel Martinez, Chief Historian at the WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument at Pearl Harbor.

ORAL HISTORIES: Warren Nishimoto and Michiko Kodama-Nishimoto of the Center for Oral History at the University of Hawai`i at Manoa, will lead panel discussions and presentations focused on collecting interviews with: survivors of the Pearl Harbor attack, Pacific War veterans, civilians of Hawai`i and the Pacific Islands directly affected by war; and Japanese American veterans of the 100th Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team and Military Intelligence Service. Discussions and presentations will also focus on the internment of Japanese Americans in Hawai`i and the U.S. Mainland.

DOCUMENTS, PHOTOGRAPHS AND ARTIFACTS: Archivists and specialists from repositories such as UH-Manoa’s Pacific Collection, Valor in the Pacific National Monument, Hawai`i State Archives, Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai`i, Hawai`i War Records Depository, and Bishop Museum will speak about their collections. Representatives from Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands will share resources from their islands.

This Institute will feature small-group, hands-on curriculum-based discussions led by the Institute’s presenters. Dr. Geoffrey White, professor of anthropology at the University of Hawai`i at Manoa, Dr. Suzanne Falgout, professor of anthropology at the University of Hawai`i-West O`ahu, and Dr. Susan Schultz, professor of curriculum and teacher education at Stanford University will help teachers incorporate elements of “inquiry-based” teaching and learning in their lesson plans.

For more information, contact Institute Coordinator Paul Heintz, Education Director, Pacific Historic Parks.

Phone: (808) 753-4428

Email: pheintz@pacifichistoricparks.org.

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