The Hawaiian Journal of History


First published in 1967, The Hawaiian Journal of History is the Hawaiian Historical Society’s annual publication, a scholarly journal devoted to original articles and research on the history of Hawai‘i and the Pacific. Each volume features a varied collection of historical topics and time periods in peer-reviewed articles and a Notes & Queries section. A selection of book reviews and a bibliography of the previous year’s published works regarding Hawai‘i’s history are provided by experts and editors dedicated to recording and synthesizing scholarly research.

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Current Issue: Volume 55 (2021)


  • Aloha Space Age: NASA and the Hawaiian Islands, 1957-1970, by David Smith
  • The First Attempt to Overthrow Liliʻuokalani, by Ralph Thomas Kam
  • Special Rights of Citizenship and the Perpetuation of Oligarchic Rule in the Republic of Hawaiʻi, 1894-1898, by Ronald Williams Jr.
  • Kalihi Boys’ Home and Its territorial Guardians, by Patricia Alvarez
  • Dr. Richard You and the Golden Age of Hawaiʻi’s Athletics, by John D. Fair

Notes and Queries

  • Incarcerating a Nation: The Arrest and Imprisonment of Political Prisoners by the Republic of Hawaiʻi, 1895, by Ronald Williams Jr.

Book Reviews

  • Hawaiian Women’s Fashions: Kapa, Cotton and Silk, by Agnes Terao-Guiala Reviewed by Linda Arthur Bradley
  • The Diaries of Queen Liliuokalani of Hawaii, 1885-1900, by David Forbes, Reviewed by Ronald Williams Jr.
  • Raced to the Death in 1920s Hawaiʻi: Injustice and Revenge on the Fukunaga Case, by Jonathan Y. Okamura, Reviewed by Rudy P. Guevarra Jr.
  • Remembering Our Grandfather’s Exile: US Imprisonment of Hawaiʻi’s Japanese in World War II, by Gail Y. Okawa, Reviewed by Keli Y. Nakamura


  • Hawaiʻi History 2020: A Bibliography of Titles of Historical Interest, Jodie Mattos

On the cover of Volume 55:
The front cover of this year’s Journal features an image from David. A. Smith’s article, “Aloha Space: NASA and the Hawaiian Islands, 1957-1970.”  In the image, the Mercury spacecraft capsule from the Faith 7 Mission, then displayed in front of ʻIolani Palace, is inspected by fourth graders from Island Paradis School in 1964.  Image courtesy of Oahu Publications, Inc. and Honolulu Star-Advertiser, see article for citation.