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Famous African Americans in Hawaii's History

An introduction to famous African Americans in Hawaii and African Americans in Hawaii's history.

Famous African Americans With Hawaii Connections

Anthony D. Allen
He was born in New York and immigrated to Hawaii in 1810. He married a Hawaiian woman, he bought land and livestock, and he became a prosperous farmer. He died in 1835.

Alice Augusta Ball

Barack Obama Grew Up in Hawaii
United States President Barack Obama grew up in Hawaii and he attended Punahou School.

Betsey Stockton
Ex slave of the President of Princeton University. She arrived in Hawaii with the Charles Stuart family as part of the 2nd group of missionaries to arrive in Hawaii from New Haven Connecticut on the ship "Thames". She learned the Hawaiian language and was one of the founders of the Lahainaluna School on Maui. She taught there 1923-1925.

"Black Jack"
Black Jack - also known as Mr. Keakaeleele was living on Oahu when King Kamehameha conquered the island inn 1796. He helped build a Lahaina storehouse for Queen Kaahumanu and I believe he was also a sailor in the maritime industry.

"Black Joe"
Sail maker for King Kamehameha II. He died in 1828.

Carlotta Stewart Lai

Doris "Dorie" Miller

Frank Marshall Davis (moved to Hi in 1948?)

Herman Frazier
  • Born: October 29, 1954
  • 1976 Olympic Gold medalist ( 4x400 meter relay)

    Kamaka Fernandez
    African American Kamaka Fernandez was born in Little Rock, Arkansas but he grew up immersed in Hawaiian culture on the island of Maui. Today e is one of Hawaii's top traditional Hawaiian falsetto singers.

    Miles M. Jackson
    University of Hawaii professor Miles M. Jackson has been doing research since 1980 on African Americans in Hawaii. Books he has written include "And Then They Came: A Brief History of Blacks in Hawaii" (2001) and "They Followed the Trade Winds: African Americans in Hawaii" (2005). Professor Jackson also has a column in Mahogany Magazine and he is a contributing writer for the Honolulu Advertiser.
  • Profile of Miles M. Jackson at BlackPast.org
  • Miles M. Jackson on Blacks and Hawaii's Plantations

    Nolle Smith

    Richard Armstrong
    Born in Pennsylvania in 1805. Son of a black minister. He and his wife Clarissa Chapman Armstrong arrived in Hawaii in 1832 with the 5th company of missionaries after being stationed for a year in the Marquesas islands. He built a church on Maui and he was pastor of the Kawaiahao Church in Honolulu from 1840 to 1848. His son Samuel Chapman Armstrong (1839-1829) was the founder of the Hampton Institute in Virginia.

    Samuel Lee Gravely

    Wally Amos

    William Lineas Maples (1869-1943)
    Doctor and musician William Lineas Maples ws born in Sevierville, Tennessee, on March 31, 1869 and he became a doctor in 1893. After serving in the medical unit of an all-black regiment of the United States army, he was recruited by the Hawaii Commercial and Sugar Company to work as an Anesthetist at their hospital in Puunene. William Maples died at age 73, in 1943, in Wailuku, Maui.
  • BlackPast.org Profile of Willilam Lineas Maples
  • Minority Professional Network: Profile of Willilam Lineas Maples

    William Saunders Scarborough (1852-1926)
    William S. Scarborough was born in Macon, Georgia on February 16, 1852 and he was the son of a slave and a free black man. He taught Greek and Latin for a few years at Wiberforce University in Ohio and served as that university's president from 1908 through 1920. In March of 1984 he made a speech declaring his opposition to the United States annexation of Hawaii.
  • 1984 Speech: "The Ethics of the Hawaiian Question"
  • Profile: Wikipedia William Sanders Scarborough Article


    Articles About African Americans With Hawaii Connections

    Famous African Americans in Hawaii's History
    An introduction to Hawaii's most well-known African Americans of the past and present. Includes profiles of Anthony Allen, Alice Ball, Barack Obama, Betsey Stockton, Carlotta Lai, Kamaka Fernandez, Miles Jackson, Nolle Smith, Samuel Gravely, William Maples, and William Saunders Scarborough.

    African Americans of the Hawaiian Islands
    The full title of this four part article by Darlene E. Kelley is "Keepers of the Culture - A study in Time of the Hawaiian Islands - African Americans in Hawaii".
  • Part 1 - Part 2 - Part 3 - Part 4

    Black Plantation Laborers in Hawaii

    The History of African Americans in Hawaii
    An article by Deloris Guttman and Hugo R. Miller of the African American Cultural Center Hawaii.

    Exhibit Featured African Americans in Hawaii
    In July of 2000 the Bishop Museum asked Hawaii residents to donate artifacts and photographs Hawaii's most prominent black citizens and African American history.

    Life Histories of African Americans in Hawaii
    UH Professor Kathryn Waddell Takara audio taped oral interviews with ten older African Americans on Oahu in 1988 so they could be included in "Oral Histories of African Americans". Those interviewed included Walter Alexander, Gladys Crampton, Bertha Dunson, Ernest Golden, Howard Johnson, Alexander Lewis, Lucille Maloney, Ulyless Robinson, and William Waddell.

    2000 Exhibit Featured African Americans in Hawaii
    In July of 2000 the Bishop Museum asked Hawaii residents to donate artifacts and photographs Hawaii's most prominent black citizens and African American history.

    See Also:
  • African American Culture in Hawaii
  • Books About Black History in Hawaii
  • Other Ethnic Groups in Hawaii



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