On Sunday, October 16, 2016, at 5 pm, 88 Block Walks and Kaka’ako Our Kuleana present Walk #4: “Papers in the Park”, a walking tour of Mother Waldron Park featuring student observations of early and mid 20th century life in Kaka’ako.
Participants will be guided through Mother Waldron Park by Kaka‘ako community members, who will share excerpts from student papers written at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa from the 1920s through the 1970s. Each “stop” on the tour will offer a snapshot of life in this evolving community, from the perspective of a young person in another time. These intimate stories articulate the diverse histories of the neighborhood, offering fresh and firsthand perspectives on race relations, urbanization, and generational change in Kaka’ako.
Participants will meet at the comfort station in Mother Waldron Park at 5pm and continue around the park, exploring its history, meeting Kaka’ako community members, and sharing perspectives from the past in an informal “walk story.” This tour is a celebration of Kaka’ako’s diverse histories and meanings, designed to foster greater connection as the neighborhood continues to change.
This event was made possible by the staff and researchers of the Archives and Manuscripts Department at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. The materials used in this tour are housed in UH Manoa’s Romanzo Adams Social Research Laboratory Collection (RASRL), a treasure trove of undergraduate student research papers covering over fifty years of personal observations of family, community and workplace relations throughout Hawaii.