Author D. Molentia Guttman is married and has three children. She came to Hawai‘i in 1973 to work at the University of Hawai‘i as a grants administrator. Coauthor Ernest Golden came to Hawaii at age 19 in 1943 as a defense worker at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard. He is married and has four children, seven grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren. The African American Diversity Cultural Center Hawai‘i was founded in 1997 to preserve historical documentation about the black community’s contributions and impact in Hawai‘i's civic life, military, medicine, religion, and politics.
African Americans in Hawai'iby D. Molentia Guttman, Ernest Golden, African American Diversity Cultural Center Hawai'i
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During the early 1800s, about two dozen men of African descent lived in Hawai‘i. The most noteworthy was Anthony D. Allen, a businessman who had traveled around the world before making Hawai‘i his home and starting a family there in 1810. The 25th Black Infantry Regiment, also known as the Buffalo Soldiers, arrived in Honolulu at the Schofield Barracks in 1913. They built an 18-mile trail to the summit of Mauna Loa, the world’s largest shield volcano, and constructed a cabin there for research scientists. After World War II, the black population of Hawai‘i increased dramatically as military families moved permanently to the island. Hawai‘i has a diverse population, and today about 35,000 residents, approximately three percent, claim African ancestry.
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