Hawaii Chinese History Center

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My Chinese friends and readers often encourage me to write about the history of their ethnicity. That’s why I was happy to hear from Douglas D.L. Chong, president of the Hawaii Chinese History Center. 

The Hawaii Chinese History Center is 48 years old and is the second-oldest Chinese historical center in the U.S. It is located in the heart of Honolulu’s Chinatown.

I asked him to share with my readers some of the interesting highlights of Chinese history in the islands.

“Hawaii’s Chinese roots go deep through island history,” he told me. “Most people think that Chinese only eat and do lion dancing at the Lunar New Year, but there is a lot more.”

 “Chinese began migrating to Hawaii nearly 230 years ago,” Chong says, “due to civil unrest, famine, wars and colonial imperialism occurring in China during that time.

The U.S. Postal Service® rings in the Year of the Dog by issuing the 11th of 12 stamps in the Celebrating Lunar New Year series.  

First-Day-of-Issue Ceremony

Celebrating Lunar New Year

Year of the Dog Forever® Stamp

January 11, 2018 - Chinatown Cultural Plaza

The Year of the Dog begins February 16, 2018, and ends on February 4, 2019.  

..The Postal Service commemorated the issuance of this stamp with a special First Day of Issue ceremony and featured remarks by Hawaii Chinese History Center president Douglas. D.L. Chong and USPS Pacific Area Vice President Larry Munoz following the official unveiling of the stamp..."

Hawaiian Historical Society Recognizes Douglas D. L. Chong

Hawaiian Historical Society
Kahu 'Ikena - Caretakers of Knowledge
Douglas D. L. Chong was one of 14 honored and recognized at the Hawaii Historical Society's "Kaku 'Ikena"  dinner on October 21, 2017  .. for making important contributions to the preservation of Hawaiʻi’s history.

The Hawaii Chinese History Center, (HCHC), founded in Honolulu on October 31, 1970 and incorporated March 17, 1971, is an IRS Section 501(C)(3) non-profit organization. All contributions are tax deductible. 

  • Stimulate interest and research among the Chinese in their own history and family genealogies in Hawaii
  • Assist and guide them to make their experiences available to the large community through writing, research and publishing
  • Collect, inventory, record and preserve historical materials, documents and photographs, related to the Chinese in Hawaii

  Results:  In the past 44 years, the HCHC has been a leader in the United States for

  1. Producing numerous publications on the Chinese in Hawaii
  2. Guiding individuals, families and organizations in their efforts to research, write and publish their histories.
  Membership:  Open to all  -  Individuals, Families and Educational Organizations