The idea for a forum on Hawaiian military history has been kicking around since at least 1999 and finally made real in 2019. Interest in the Forum is as diverse as the individuals and organizations behind the effort. There are historians, naturally, but also archaeologists, militaria collectors, historical re-enactors, veterans and their descendants, librarians, archivists, high school teachers and students, lua practitioners, members of the National Guard and Regular forces, kama‘aina with deep roots in Hawaiian society.
Each member brings to the table a different interest and perspective, but all appreciate the importance and value behind an effort to discuss the cultural and historical legacy of Hawai’i’s military and warrior past.
From inception, the intent has been to create a diverse, dynamic, inclusive, and multi-faceted network that goes well beyond the the stodgy notion of monthly academic presentations. There are workshops, live demonstrations, and on site visits. While individuals may favor a particular time frame or field of study, the Forum encourages opportunities to interact with members outside of their usual affiliation and to engage in a kind of scholarly “cross-pollination.”
The focal point of the Forum is the history and legacy of Hawai’i’s military personnel, organizations, and institutions, from the Islands’ pre-contact warrior roots to the present day. Our mission is to provide a means to gather, discuss, and learn from one another about topics relating to the function, role, and achievements of Hawai’i’s military personnel and organizations throughout history, including various means for conserving and perpetuating Hawai’i’s military and warrior past.
Membership in the Forum is limited to individuals, institutions and organizations that support the objectives of the Forum.
Neil B Dukas, Forum Director
Thomas R Wolforth
BG Moses Kaoiwi, Jr, Hawaii National Guard Liaison
FHM&WP operates under the fiscal sponsorship of the Ikaika Mau Loa Alumni Association, a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization
Our mailing address is: 1050 Bishop St, PO Box 281, Honolulu, HI 92813
Forum badge designed by Paulo Faleafine Jr. (foreground, Nu’uanu Pali)
The awa bowl is symbolic of important meetings and ceremonies where discussions are to take place. A tatau pattern of outward facing spearheads next to the Forum’s formal name provides symbolic protection. A wavy pattern symbolizes the ocean. Above the ocean are a series of triangles representing the eight major islands comprising the archipelago. A series of arches suggest a rainbow connecting heaven and earth. Centered within the rainbow are two devices or charges: the combined alia and puela, ancient symbols of chiefly authority and protection (in this context emblematic of pre-annexation Hawaiian military history) accompanied by a five-pointed star, frequently displayed on American military badges and paraphernalia since the 19th century (emblematic of the Islands’ post-annexation military history). The crest is surmounted by the Forum motto: KA WĀ MAMUA, KA WĀ MAHOPE (look to the past to shape the future).