Youths Making History In State Fair At WCC

Some of the best youthful takes on history will be on public view from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday in the Hale ‘Akoakoa building at Windward Community College.

The 2013 Hawaii History Day State Fair offers a wide variety of researched projects on the theme “Turning Points in History: People, Ideas, Events” and is sponsored by the Hawaii Council for the Humanities. The students already have been judged the best at eight district fairs and will compete now to go to National History Day at the University of Maryland at College Park in June. At stake there will be more than $150,000 in scholarships for local and national winners.

The projects can be in the form of essays, exhibits, documentaries, live performances or websites, and they are separated into youth, junior and senior divisions for grades 4 to 12. Two examples listed by fair chairwoman Jane Murao are a performance on the abolishment of the kapu system and a documentary about flappers of the 1920s.