Henry Williams was born in March 1864. In 1900 Henry Williams was working as an upholsterer and lived on Corkscrew Lane in downtown Honolulu. At least two of his Duvauchelle step-grandchildren lived with him and his wife Puaala at one point, having come from their home on Molokaʻi. One of them was Henry, who was recorded as 16 years old in the 1920 census.
Learn more about Henry’s story and living legacy in our new, original exhibition, “(Re)Generations: Challenging Scientific Racism in Hawaiʻi,” on view now through October 24, 2021: BishopMuseum.org/Regenerations.
“(Re)Generations” is a reflective exploration of Bishop Museum’s scientific, educational, and moral responsibilities in the 21st century. Bishop Museum, like other historic institutions, participated for decades in activities that would now be considered unacceptable. Here we uncover the troubled history of the Sullivan Collection, with origins rooted in race science and embedded in eugenics. We also acknowledge its transformation into one of the Museum’s primary sources for genealogical research, and a vehicle for rediscovering ancestors and genealogical connections.
The people depicted in this exhibit were primarily selected through collaboration with their living descendants. By sharing information about their lives and legacies—meaningful histories ignored by Louis R. Sullivan—we celebrate the reappropriation of ancestral presence by Kānaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian) descendants.
Image sharing on social media is welcome, however out of respect for those pictured and their living descendants we do ask that you share not only their images but their names and stories as well. For all other uses please contact [email protected].
Image 1 of 2: Henry Williams; Pūkoʻo, Molokaʻi. Photo by Louis R. Sullivan, 1920–1921. Bishop Museum Archives. SP 4701
Image 2 of 2: Lameka Hoʻolapa, son of David Hoʻolapa. Photo by Louis R. Sullivan, 1920–1921. SP 4213. Annemarie Aweau Paikai, Lameka’s great-great-granddaughter. Photo by Sheika Alghezawi, 2021. Background image; Kahaluʻu, Kona, Hawaiʻi. Bishop Museum Archives. SP 203580.