Preserve Our Social Studies Education



The Department of Education voted on September 20

(and again on October 4--some problems with the Sunshine Law!)--

to retain BOTH the four (4) credits of Social Studies AND Participation in Democracy-- the cause Aloha POSSE and many of you worked so hard for!

This would not have happened without you!!

New BOE members need some learning

“The state Board of Education failed to make its proposed changes to our high school graduation requirements publicly available in a timely fashion. The public did not vote for the members of this board, and could only voice their opinion about the amendments to Policy 4540 via written or oral testimony at board hearings. It appears the board never wanted to hear the public's opinion. Only after numerous complaints and the organized efforts of concerned educators, students and parents, did the board agree to retain four social studies credits. Gov. Neil Abercrombie appointed a board of people who do not understand Hawaii's educational needs and are not interested in listening to the professionals who do.”    --Sarah Nishioka, Mililani, Honolulu Star Advertiser, Sept. 27, 2011

U.S. History, World History Omitted From Proposed Hawaii Grad Requirements, by Katherine Poythress, Honolulu Civil Beat, 9/16/2011

Hawaii Ed Department Drops Plan to Cut Social Studies Requirements,” by Katherine Poythress, Honolulu Civil Beat, 9/15/2011.

Board Unfazed by Ed Department's Reversal on Grad Requirements, by Katherine Poythress, Honolulu Civil Beat, 9/14/2011

The Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools is a coalition of over 40 partner organizations working to improve civic education in America's schools. Check out the new Civic Mission of Schools Report here.


Aloha POSSE, formed in June 2011, is an informal network of Hawai’i residents interested in Protecting Our Social Studies Education.  Please join us to ensure to ensure all Hawai’i students get the best education we can give them for our constantly expanding world!

Who We Are

The Board of Education’s original proposed changes to Policy 4540 High School Graduation Requirement would have reduced required Social Studies credits from 4 to 3; they have now withdrawn this request.  Aloha POSSE came together to preserve the social studies curriculum now in place in Hawaii public schools. Please join us by spreading the word! “Like” us on Facebook.  And mahalo for your support!



Our map of Hawaii was selected to remind us of the interconnectedness of our world, the importance of other people’s perspectives, and the need for information, knowledge & wisdom (the fruits of Social Studies) if we want to create a more peaceful & productive world.

The map provider, Geographicus Rare Antique Maps, says it is one of the most beautiful maps of the Hawaiian Islands ever produced. It is a stunning large format Japanese map of Hawaiian Island group dating to World War II, covering the entirety of the Hawaiian Islands with a large inset city plan of Honolulu in the lower left quadrant. Another inset in the upper right quadrant shows the Hawaiian Islands relative to other Pacific Islands in the greater vicinity. It offers superb detail regarding both topographical and political elements. Notes cities, roads, trade routes on air, sea and land, and uses shading to display oceanic depths. The scale is 1:85,000. The text is in Japanese.

    This map was created as part of a 20 piece series of folding maps of parts of Asia and the Pacific prepared by the Japanese during World War II. This map is no. 18 in that series. c. 1943 (undated).  The original map, an independent issue, (Geographicus code: Hawaii2-wwii-1943),  is 29 in (73.7 cm) wide x 20 in (50.8 cm) high.

    This file was provided to Wikimedia Commons by Geographicus Rare Antique Maps, a specialist dealer in rare maps and other cartography of the 15th, 16th, 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, as part of a cooperation project. It is in the public domain because its copyright has expired.