HPU partners with National Park Service, Hawaii Civil War Round Table for July 17 talk

July 15, 2015

Anita Manning, Justin Vance
Anita Manning and Justin Vance, in U.S. Civil War period costume

HONOLULU — Historians Justin Vance of Hawai‘i Pacific University and Anita Manning of Bishop Museum, contributing authors to the book Asians and Pacific Islanders and the Civil War, will be the featured guests at the July 17 After Dark in the Park. It begins at 6 p.m., at the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument theater, Pearl Harbor Visitors Center.

This free event is offered in partnership by HPU, the National Park Service, Pacific Historic Parks (PHP) and the Hawaii Civil War Round Table. Park Chief Historian Daniel Martinez will moderate a fascinating discussion on Pacific Islanders and their military service in the U.S. Civil War, as part of the book's launch in Hawaii.

"I am grateful to the National Park Service for their preservation of Civil War and Pacific History and their facilitation bringing the largely unknown stories of Pacific Islanders serving in the Civil War to light," said Vance, an Associate Professor of History and Interim Dean of HPU's College of Extended and Interdisciplinary Education.

"The power of this book is that the stories focus on real people," said Manning, an Associate in Cultural Studies at the Bishop Museum. "These are events that happened to and were influenced by the ancestors of today's Pacific and Hawaii peoples. This makes the Civil War real for Hawaii, not something that happened to others."

"I am very happy that HPU and National Park Service/Pacific Historic Parks are partnering to launch the book Asians and Pacific Islanders and the Civil War, which is available nationally, here in the Hawaii community," Vance added. "I am especially proud of this publication since it helps K-12 students of Hawaii, who are required to study U.S. history, better understand their role in it."

Vance and Manning, collaborated on the “Pacific Islanders and the Civil War” section of the recently released book, produced by The National Park Service.

"Often as we recall those who played a role in the tragic pageant of America's Civil War, certain actors are eclipsed or simply forgotten. This is not the case this time, as we commemorate the 150th anniversary of that war with a new publication," said Martinez. "A triangle of partnership was brought about to coordinate a collaboration of Hawai‘i Pacific University, Pacific Historic Parks and the National Park Service. This publication gives us an instrument of insight and knowledge regarding the Asian and Pacific Islander experience in the Civil War that until now was unrevealed and under appreciated."

Gates open at 5:45 p.m. Civil War Re-enactors will also be on hand. The event is free and open to the community. No bags are allowed in the Visitors Center. The program will also be made available via live stream on Adobe Connect by PHP’s Education Department. See http://tinyurl.com/PacificIslandersCivilWar.

For more information on the event, contact Emily Pruett, Pearl Harbor Visitor Center at the WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument, at (808) 753-4428 or epruett@pacifichistoricparks.org.