History Department

“History is a guide to navigation in perilous times”

~David McCullough
HPU History Professor Justin Vance Aboard USS Missouri
HPU Visits the USS Missouri, Pearl Harbor
HPU Participates in the Hawaii Civil War Roundtable
Keeping History Alive
Dr. Justin Vance Wins $2,500 to Make Documentary
David Tyner "Ride to Remember"

  • Accelerated 4 mornings a week, 3 week seminar
  • Cross-listed graduate & undergraduate seminar
  • Never been done before
  • Being team taught by 11 faculty, including former general & Deputy Commander of PACOM
  • Experiential ‘field trip’ based intensive learning seminar
  • Field trips includes Iolani Palace; Hawaii Plantation Village; overnight weekend encampment on the USS Missouri

See syllabus here

Hawai‘i Pacific University history student David Rosehill took first prize for best paper using primary sources at the 28th annual Regional Phi Alpha Theta conference at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa March 10. His paper was about the oil situation in Alaska. Rosehill and history students Jordan Fleischmann, Ron Haskell and Frankie Silaoa represented HPU at the history honors society conference.  (See more)

Hawai‘i Pacific University President Dr. Geoffrey Bannister signed partnership agreements with Beijing’s Capital Normal University (CNU) Oct. 25.

Bannister welcomed Dr. Chunwen Hao, Dean, and Dr. Zhanjun Liang, Chairman, School of History at CNU to sign two agreements between the universities. “Thank you for coming so far,” Bannister said.

The first is an agreement between the HPU Department of History and the CNU School of History for faculty exchanges and sharing of research. The second is a student exchange agreement between HPU and CNU. (see more here...)

Two History Department students were recognized for their academic accomplishments at the 28th annual HPU annual awards ceremony.

Hannes Terber (MA-DMS) won the university's most prestigious academic award- the Gradaute Robert E. Black Award.History Department MA-DMS students have won Black Awards for the last two years in a row.

Dana Ahlin (BS-DMS) won 2nd place for the HPU Common Book Writing Contest.  Her essay titled, "Transnational Gangs and Government Response"

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On December 7, 2011, twenty-four lucky HPU students had the rare opportunity to accompany Pearl Harbor veterans during Pearl Harbor's 70th anniversary commemorations sponsored by The Greatest Generation Foundation (TGGF).  The students had the unique opportunity to hear first hand accounts of what happened that momentous day. (See pictures here)



Associate Professor of History Pierre Asselin organizes two day workshop on Vietnam in the Cold War, 4-5 April 2011.


Dr. Asselin brought together leading international scholars to discuss the latest research and interpretations on Vietnam and the Cold War.

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"The Vietnam Study Abroad Program exceeded all my expectations: it was an academic broadening experience listening to lectures by Vietnamese professors, reinforced by discussion and museum visits. It increased my social awareness, provided a venue to appreciate and respect fellow students and faculty, and was a thought-provoking and unforgettable experience."

-Edward Zelczak, MADMS graduate student and former Vietnam War veteran