Our History

The African American Diversity Cultural Center Hawaii (AADCCH) was founded in October 1997, museum repository collects and archives historical documents and artifacts to preserve two centuries of Hawaiian Africana history.

In February 2018, the board of directors re-positioned the organization’s name to “OBAMA HAWAIIAN AFRICANA MUSEUM” to honor the Birthplace of the first African American U.S. President’s legacy.

The Obama Museum 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 series, to name a few program services.

Who We Are

We are a culturally diverse people of Africana ancestry embracing and claiming our Hawaiian heritage dating back to the mid-1700s.

Documents show that the Africana settlers (young men) were escaping the hardship of slavery were ship hands (laborers) on commercial ships in the mid-1700s and later whaling vessels from Africa, Brazil, Caribbean Islands, and mainland United States seeking freedom and opportunities for a better life in paradise, the Hawaiian Islands.  They married Hawaiian, Portuguese 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 had focused or acknowledge the history about Africana people population in Hawai’i.

Since 1997, volunteers have been quietly sharing these untold stories in the community through collaborative projects.  We continue to look for ways to tap the power of the early Africana settlers’ experiences that will allow the organization to leverage the resources needed to create a better future for young people of ethnically diverse cultures to empower their identities, in particular, students who are not performing at grade level in schools and support pathways for low-income youth to succeed.  People of Africana heritage have always led the way embracing opportunity to transform society to make a difference in the community.

We are collaborating with community partners (Hawaii Department of Education, Hawaii Judiciary History Center, Hawaii Council for Humanities, local museums, and cultural centers) to empower young people to prepare them for leadership roles for the future generations.  This community effort will rescue our children from dropping out of school to prevent them from entering into the prison system and recidivism.

“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.