Why is Hawai‘i a state?
How did it become a state?
What were the conditions that led to statehood?
What are the benefits and disadvantages of statehood?
These questions cannot be answered universally for all, but they are necessary if we are to understand our history and the social and political climate of this place.
Statehood Hawaii acknowledges the complexity of this fiftieth year of Hawai‘i statehood and seeks to understand the people and communities who have come to define our unique history. Recognizing the results of the statehood plebiscite, observing the events that led to statehood as well as the events that followed are still fresh in the minds of many people, and Statehood Hawaii is dedicated to commemorating this event.
Our state's history begins long before March 12th, 1959, the date Congress passed the Admission's Act. Statehood Hawaii explores that history.
Hawai‘i is a unique place of natural beauty, many cultures and traditions, and special resources.
There are many perspectives concerning Statehood and our island's history. There are deep and divisive issues. If we listen with respect and communicate with dignity, this ongoing debate will broaden our understanding and appreciation for Hawai‘i.
In 2006, Statehood Hawaii and fifdififdi.com launched complimentary websites dedicated to addressing independent perspectives around the 50th anniversary of Hawai‘i statehood. Videos, research, history, panel discussions and forums were planned to stimulate public engagement and dialogue.
During this anniversary, multiple perspectives about Hawai‘i's past half-century emerge, mixing the controversial with the nostalgic. Statehood Hawaii seeks to present all views giving the public an opportunity to share their experiences online, on television or through live public forums.
Participate in this commemorative event by joining our online community fifdififdi.com. Share stories and photos, videos and music, and engage in ongoing discussions. Keep informed of events throughout the year.
Statehood Hawaii is dedicated to embracing Hawai‘i's communities, locally and abroad. This includes not only the participation of cultural centers, but also the businesses and families that contribute to our island spirit and to all extended ohana.
Our mission is to explore this unique history. We aim to feature a wide perspective of experiences while examining why we are a state, how we became a state, and how we benefited from or were affected by statehood.
We are especially interested in contributions about the following topics:
- Kupuna stories and recollections
- What was Hawai‘i like as a territory?
- What did/does statehood mean for you?
- In 1959? In 2009?
- Hawai‘i themed photos of both past and current events.
In September 2009, Statehood Hawaii is planning a book highlighting some of the postings, discussions and photos contributed to the fifidififdi.com public forum, as well as transcribed discussions from the programs and panels. We encourage you to not only give attention to statehood, but also celebrate our Hawai‘i born president as well as debate the state's appeal to the Supreme Court over the issue the sale of ceded lands.
Statehood Hawaii encourages everyone who cares about our history, culture, land and resources to participate by posting your views and perspectives on fifdififdi.com.
While we are not a commercial website, we do accept donations. To donate, follow the Statehood Hawaii merchandise link.
Arnie Saiki - Project Director
Statehood Hawaii, 'Imi Pono Projects
1758 Mikahala Way
Honolulu, HI 96816