H-3: Destruction of Culture or Public Traffic Reliever  

                                                    Reece Ishihara 
                                                    Senior Division 

            My topic for the 2010-2011 National History Day was the H-3 and its strong debate from nearly 30 years ago that still continues to this day. I got my idea of this project topic after reviewing a paper that gave suggested themes and ideas. The original title centered on Sen. Daniel Inouye push to clear H-3’s approval and construction. After mush review, I changed the topic to explore the debate that circles around H-3 to this very day.

            This topic presented somewhat of a challenge in finding sources. But, I found the required number with some help. Most of my sources came from the local library and the Internet. The major problems I faced were that the majority of my sources were pictures. Although they were original and primary at first glance, they didn’t tell much. But after reviewing the pictures I got ideas and I linked arguments to pictures, which let me interpret the pictures. This is what provided information and made the pictures useful. The strong majority of my sources came from the Environmental Impact Statements and their supplements. My ideas about this topic changed as I researched because in the original I had to link Sen. Daniel Inouye. That was a challenge all by itself. So I decided to change my topic to the broader issue that is the cultural significance of the land H-3 sits on, and the reasons for the construction of H-3 to be long delayed.

            For this project I used my paper I turned in with added info on the website. The website is essentially my research paper with added info and corrections. When creating the website Weebly.com in one word can be temperamental. I had problems fixing texts boxes, pictures, and video inserts, most of which didn’t even show up.

            My topic relates to National History Day because H-3 is a monument to the constant debate that shrouds Hawaii. Many do not know that H-3 was such a daunting nightmare. For nearly 20 years letter went back and forth agreeing and disagreeing with the construction till finally it was approved. H-3 is a technical marvel, but was a logistical nightmare, earning its place in the National History Day topics. I feel it is very important to study my topic because it is an ever-changing topic. To this day, demonstrators oppose the construction of the freeway. Locals say that H-3 is built on ancient Hawaiian burial sites and unknown amount of cultural sites in and around the Halawa/Haiku area. The fact that H-3 was completed nearly 13 years ago, and people still oppose it and still speak out makes the debates ever changing. This fact makes H-3 in general, a topic worthy of continual study. Upon completing this project I know feel I am well educated on H-3 in general. I have learned so much about not just the H-3 but also the Hawaiian renaissance and Hawaiian cultural sites. I have also learned the importance of preservation through the cultural sites under H-3’s overpasses. I feel the next generations can look back at this and see the importance I see, hopefully in the most positive way possible.