Archives & Political Processes: A Case Study on the H-3 Freeway History

Date: 12 October 2023
Time: 6:00–9:30 pm ET (Zoom) / 12:00–3:30 pm HT (in person)
Location: Zoom and In Person (Windward Community College Library, 45-720 Keaʻahala Rd, Kāneohe, HI 96744, Library Conference Room 304/305)
Presented by: The Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship for Diversity, Inclusion & Cultural Heritage at Rare Book School

How do we understand federal, state, and grassroots political processes in Hawaiʻi? What is the purpose of reflecting on conflicting political views that shape Hawaiʻi’s present? How can archives and libraries play a role in reflecting back on our past to raise broad-based discussion on what we do with these histories in the present and future?

Join this free hybrid symposium of archival and library workers, and community leaders, as we launch a curated online resource on the political processes behind the construction of the H-3 freeway. This event is co-sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship for Diversity, Inclusion & Cultural Heritage at Rare Book School, the University of Hawaiʻi School of Law Library, the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Hamilton Library, and Windward Community College Library.

For more information about the symposium, please click here. Please RSVP here to reserve either:

  • An in-person seat (the first 40 people will be accepted; after that maximum capacity has been reached, registrants will be given the Zoom link)
  • Online attendance (unlimited attendees; a Zoom link will be sent if you register for this option in the RSVP form above)

You can also ask, at the RSVP above, a question for symposium organizers to consider for discussion.


The symposium, which is open to the public, will feature presentation and dialogue between:

  • Archival and library workers who created an online resource that brought together U.S. federal, Hawaiʻi state, and community records that document the unfolding debate during the construction of, and opposition to, the H-3 freeway
  • Community leaders and professionals who were involved in and/or are knowledgeable of H-3’s history, and who will reflect on their own understanding of that time and what the online resource prompts about the political process they experienced

Community Leaders & Professionals

  • Mahealani Cypher, Board Member of Koʻolau Foundation/formerly Stop H-3
  • Tom Dye, former Oʻahu Island Archaeologist, SHPD, DLNR
  • Jennifer Sabas, Chief of Staff to Senator Daniel Inouye
  • Kawena Komeiji, Hawaiian Pacific Resources Librarian, UH West Oʻahu

Archival & Library Workers

  • Dawn Sueoka, UH Mānoa Hamilton Library Congressional Papers Archivist
  • Dore Minatodani, UH Mānoa Hamilton Hawaiian-Pacific Collections Librarian
  • Gwen Sinclair, UH Mānoa Hamilton Government Records Librarian
  • Ellen-Rae Cachola, UH School of Law Library Evening Supervisor & Archives Manager
  • Kyle Hart, M.A. Graduate of UH Mānoa Hawaiian Studies
  • Kealohi Minami, B.A. Graduate of UH Mānoa Political Science
  • Perry Arrasmith, Master’s of Urban and Regional Planning (M.U.R.P.) Candidate with the UH Mānoa Department of Urban and Regional Planning
  • Kylee Munro, Graduate Student of UH Mānoa Masters of Library & Information Science Program

Click here to learn more about the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship for Diversity, Inclusion & Cultural Heritage at Rare Book School.