Our History

The African American Diversity Cultural Center Hawaii (AADCCH) was founded in October 1997, museum repository that collects and archives historical documents and artifacts to preserve two centuries of Hawaiian African history.  AADCCH was certified by the Internal Revenue Services as a 501(c )(3) nonprofit agency to share this little known Hawaiian African history to educate the community (young & old) via its collection in exhibits onsite and in public venues, youth enrichment programs in schools, cultural literacy basket for elementary schools, lunch & learn presentations, film and  lecture and series, to name a few program services.

Who We Are

We are a culturally diverse people of African ancestry embracing and claiming our Hawaiian heritage.

In the 1800s, the early settlers were escaping the hardship of slavery in Africa, Brazil, Caribbean Islands, and mainland United States seeking freedom and opportunities for a better life.  These young men were ship hands aboard commercial and whaling vessels.  They married Hawaiian, Portuguse and Asian women.  Their descendants still live among us.  Synergism is the common thread and fabric of our Hawaiian connectivity for future generations to educate our youth.

This history has been hidden in Hawaiian archives for over two hundred years.  Until 1997, no institution has focus or acknowledge the history about people of the African diaspora population in Hawai’i.

From AADCCH’s inception, volunteers have quietly shared these untold stories in the community through collaborative projects.  We continue to look for ways to tap the power of the early settlers’ experiences that will allow the organization to leverage the resources needed to create a better future for young people of all ethnicities, in particular, students who are not performing at grade level in schools and support pathways for low-income youth to succeed.  People of African heritage have always led the way embracing opportunity to transform society to make a difference in the community.

“Let our striving lead to one nation, one world, one humanity, indivisible, with aloha, justice, and peace for all!”                                                                                                      Hawaii Civil Rights Commissioner Rev. Abraham Akaka 1964

Mission Statement

To preserve, perpetuate & promote the historical contributions about Africana early settlers, their Hawaiian descendants, & contemporary (AA) to educate young and old residents.

Vision Statement

To preserve the footprints of Hawaiian Africana settlers, their descendants two hundred years contributions to Island history including World War II Pacific Theater to the 21st century.