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!
Board of Directors - 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.
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.
'Ae hiki no! Yes We Can! Our goal is to raise $2.2 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.
We are inviting everyone around the world to Join the walk! Help us Honor the Birthplace of the 44th U.S. President.
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Mrs. Deloris Guttman is the Executive Director and CEO of the Obama Hawaiian Africana Museum
The Delta woman of Hawai'i Alumnae Chapter have supported the Obama Birthday Walk since the walks inception. Their monetary contributions have kept the walk alive http://www.hawaiidst.com/
Two-term Obama Hawaiian Africana Museum Board Chairperson
Mr. Nick Smallwood, President & CEO of Courier Corporation of Hawai'i