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Hawai'ians Remember

The controversial events of September 1931 continue to resonate in Hawai'i. In these interviews, conducted by PBS Hawaii and The Massie Affair producer Mark Zwonitzer, three present-day residents describe the case as a turning point for race relations.

Watch these interview excerpts, then share your own views about the case and its meaning for race relations in Hawai'i.

Biographies and Topics



Haunani-Kay Trask

Haunani-Kay Trask:
Haunani-Kay Trask is a historian, human rights advocate, and professor at the University of Hawaii's Center for Hawaiian Studies. She is the author of From a Native Daughter: Colonialism and Sovereignty in Hawai'i.

Grieving for Joe Kahahawai
Stories About the Massie Case
Fear of the Military



Jon Kamakawiwoole Osorio

Jon Kamakawiwoole Osorio:
Jon Osorio is a musician, historian, and director of the University of Hawaii's Center for Hawaiian Studies. He is the author of Colonizing Hawaii: The Cultural Power of Law.

Prejudice in the Haole Community
The Case's Impact on Hawaiians
Assessing the Jury
Could It Happen Again?



Nanette Napoleon

Nanette Napoleon:
Nanette Napoleon, a researcher and writer from Kailua, Oahu, specializes in the history and cultures of Hawai'i. She is the author of Oahu Cemetery Burial Ground and Historic Site and is the director of The Cemetery Research Project. Her grandfather served on the jury at the trial of Grace Fortescue, Tommy Massie, and two other Navy men for Joseph Kahahawai's murder.

Racial Tensions
A Threat to Statehood
Injustices Today


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