We are a culturally diverse people of Africana ancestry embracing and claiming our Hawaiian heritage. Synergism is the common thread and fabric of our Hawaiian connectivity.
The Obama Hawaiian Africana Museum is the only institution in the Hawaiian islands that exclusively documents the history about the Africana amalgamation contributions and their descendant's life beginning around 1750.
In collaboration with community partners (DOE, ClimbHi, Arizona Memorial Visitor Center, Hawaii Judiciary History Center, Hawaii Council of Humanities and island wide community events to engage the public to learn about the diverse cultures in the island state.
All 50 states can join our Pledge Team Drive. Become Obama Childhood Ambassadors to SAVE & ACQUIRE the early childhood home of the 44th U.S. President!
FOUR MAIN PILLARS WE ENCOMPASS
The Obama Hawaiian Africana Museum dba AADCCH is the only institution in Hawaii devoted exclusively to documentation of the early settlers’ African descent life & their descendants in history and culture in the Hawaiian Islands for two hundred years.
The Obama Museum Four Main Community Pillars:
1. The Anthony D. Allen (1810 escape to freedom) National Park Network Underground Network for Freedom Site at Washington Middle School at Punahou and King Streets in Honolulu.
2. WWII Quonset Hut on the National Register for Historic Places located in Pearl City in Waiawa Gulch where African American military men lived in segregated housing called Manana Barracks.
3. WWII West Loch Disaster occurred at Pearl Harbor on May 21, 1944, where African American men from the 29th Chemical Decontamination Company were unloading munition and supplies off LST 353 when the explosion occurred. The explosion resulted in destroying 6 amphibious assault LSTs in the adjacent tares killing hundreds of military personnel. The Obama Museum’s task in collaboration with Hawaii Joint Military Forces since 2010 is to honor the decease “Life & Memory of West Loch Internees” every year on May 21 at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl.
4. Education: 200 years of archival history (hidden in archives all these years) to tell the Africana Hawaiian story via: Hawaiian Africana Youth Enrichment Program (HAYEP) in school social studies classrooms during the school year; Black History Month Exhibits at schools, Hawaii Judiciary History Center and Honolulu Hale Municipal Gallery; Literary Learning: tutor children after school to read and write to name a few programs
The goal is to engage audiences (old and young), and to collaborate with local museums and educational institutions to share inner cultural histories in Hawaii.
Board of Directors - Obama Hawaiian Africana Museum
Black History Month 2021 - KHON2 News Feature
by: Kristy Tamashiro
Posted: Feb 5, 2021 / 01:04 PM HST / Updated: Feb 5, 2021 / 01:38 PM HST
HONOLULU (KHON2) – Visitors may not find former President Barack Obama himself at the Obama Hawaiian Africana Museum, but they’ll find years of rich history to learn about.
“It’s a nice way for us to share and talk about not only Dr. Martin Luther King and President Obama, but we’re able to talk about some of the other people that we see at our exhibit here, dating back to the 1800s,” said Deloris Guttman, Founder and Historian of the Obama Hawaiian Africana Museum.
The museum has been a hidden treasure in Honolulu since 1997. The organization started off as The African American Diversity Cultural Center Hawaii. Then in 2018, they changed their name to honor the United State’s 44th President.
August 2021 - KHON2 News Feature
by: Kamaka Pili
Posted: Aug 26, 2021 / 08:47 PM HST / Updated: Aug 27, 2021 / 02:56 PM HST
HONOLULU (KHON2) — 211 years. That is how long one story has been hidden from Hawaii’s history.
Over two centuries later, the story of an African American slave turned advisor to the King was revealed this week with a commemorative plaque at Washington Middle School.
Anthony D. Allen, a slave from New York, landed on the shores of Hawaii in 1810 after working on a ship following his escape from slavery.
Allen befriended King Kamehameha I after being at sea for nearly a decade and became his close advisor.
He built a close enough relationship with the King to be gifted a plot of land that is where Washington Middle School on South King Street is located today.
“This site that we’re standing on right now was only a strip of land and the ocean was beyond these streets right here,” says Deloris Guttman, director and historian at the Obama Hawaiian Africana Museum.
In February 2018, the board of directors voted to use the brand name “OBAMA HAWAIIAN AFRICANA MUSEUM” to honor the Birthplace of the 44th U.S. President and his childhood legacy. The organization was founded in October 1997.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) certified the Museum as a 501(c )(3) nonprofit agency in January 1998 to "share this little known Hawaiian Africana history to educate the community (young & old).
This history has been hidden in Hawaiian archives for over two hundred years. Until 1997, no institution had focused or acknowledge the history about Africana people amalgamation contributions to island history including World War II Pacific Theater.
Since 1997, volunteers have been sharing these untold stories (footprints of Hawaiian Africana settlers) in its onsite collection with youth enrichment program in classrooms, Cultural Literacy Basket for elementary school students, Lunch & Learn presentation to businesses, film and lecture series in the community.
In collaboration with community partners: Hawaii Judiciary History Center, Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum, Honolulu Museum of Art, National Park Service/Arizona Monument, and the Black History exhibit Month in the public venue at Honolulu Hale (city hall) Municipal Gallery since 2006 to present in an effort to share this history with the community at large.
'Ae hiki no! Yes We Can! Our goal is to raise $3 million to acquire a permanent home for the Obama Hawaiian Africana Museum. All donations, pledges, and membership fees will go directly to the non-profit museum.
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Mr. Nick Smallwood, President & CEO of Courier Corporation of Hawai'i