DISplace

Learning Materials

DISplace shines light on the widely unknown connection between Hawaiʻi, the Pacific Northwest, and the communities that continue to flow between these two regions. As far back as 1787, people coming from and through the Hawaiian Islands to what’s currently considered the Pacific Northwest have made important contributions to culture and industry throughout the region.

This exhibition is created by Five Oaks Museum 2020 Guest Curators Kanani Miyamoto (she/her) and Lehuauakea (they/them), with historical research and text by Lehuauakea. The Guest Curators are themselves a part of this living history: both are mixed-Native Hawaiian, have family roots in Hawaiʻi and are now based in Portland, OR.

How to Use these Materials

Each of the six DISplace module contains two history pages and an art page. These learning materials are meant to be equally useful on their own without viewing the full exhibition, or to use as a viewing guide alongside the full exhibition. One could teach an entire unit on Hawaiians in the PNW with all six modules, or take one or two of the modules to supplement other history topics with a Hawaiian perspective, such as Hawaiians in the fur trade (Module 2) or how do cultures blend and take new form (Module 4). The materials are intended for middle school and up, but educators can adapt sections to learners at any age group.

The history pages tell the stories of Hawaiians in the Pacific Northwest, from early travelers, to fur trade and settlers, to building community and dealing with challenges of racism and displacement, all from Hawaiian and Asian Pacific Islander perspectives. A blend of comprehension and reflection questions prompt learners to connect the history with their own experiences and grow their empathy.

The art page highlights work by a featured contemporary artist from DISplace. Learners are guided to look closely at the artwork, get creative with an art activity, and reflect on the connection between the artwork and the module themes. This section ensures that a contemporary perspective is brought to every module and that learners are able to express and reflect in their own words and art-making.

Outline of Materials

Module 1: The Ocean Is a Bridge

Introduction: Map your prior knowledge, a note from the co-curators, and languages on the islands and the mainland

Holokahiki – First Hawaiians Abroad: Knowing the past, and the story of Waine’e, the first documented Hawaiian abroad

What Does the Ocean Mean to You? with artwork by Kia Takamori-Tihada

Module 2: Between Hawaiʻi and the U.S.

Exchanges Across the Pacific – Kānaka in the Trade Expansion: Fur trade across the Pacific and the story of Naukane

Religious Reform – The Missionary Influence: Missionary establishment in Hawaiʻi, 1820s, and missionaries in the Pacific Northwest, 1830s

Hawaiian or American? with artwork by Shaka Funk Design Co.

Module 3: ‘Ohana Makes Home

Making Home on New Shores – Salt Spring Island and the Puget Sound: Settling on the Puget Sound and a little Hawai’i

The Role of Music in the Hawaiʻi Diaspora: Music brings us together and Kyla Uilaniokekaimalie Maunakea’s story

Far From Home with artwork by Kevin Matthew Kaunuali’i Kiesel

Module 4: Malihini Influences

Newcomers – The Plantation Era and Beyond: From sugar cane plantations in Hawai’i, to industry in the Pacific Northwest, and Minekichi and Sute Tamura’s story

Mix Plate – Hawaiʻi’s Unique Blend of Cuisines: Some island favorites, Lomi salmon, SPAM musubi, malasadas, and saimin

Aloha ʻāina with artwork by Christopher Lum

Module 5: More Than Paradise

Tangled Roots of a Tourist Economy: The boom of tourism, tours of Kānaka on the mainland, and danger of commercialization

Challenges in a New Home Abroad: Racial discrimination in U.S. laws, Peter Kalama’s story, and experiencing violence

Giving Connection with lei by Kalei’okalani Matsui

Module 6: Growing Community

Community Resilience and a Growing Legacy: Planting the seeds and a growing population

Conclusion: The power of community, distance is ignored by aloha, and map your learning

Growing in Circles with artwork by Palmarin Merges

 

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