“Vietnam: The War and the People,” an exhibit providing a graphic look back at the Vietnam War, opened at Kapiolani Community College yesterday afternoon. The exhibit features the work of longtime Hawaii journalists Bob Jones and Denby Fawcett, who both worked covering the war on the ground.
Click on the photo to see more pictures from yesterday’s opening.
Jones mused about his war experiences in a MidWeek column last week.
Fawcett’s combat boots are featured in one display, along with several photos of her wearing them in the field. Other photos capture different aspects of the war, vivid reminders of the era, now fading in the public memory after several generations.
The exhibit is in the Lama Library, which is easily accessible from Parking Lot E on the KCC campus. It is open Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday and Saturday to 4 p.m.
A map of the campus is available here.
Back in the 1970s, I was on the staff of the American Friends Service Committee, the Quaker-based organization, working out of an office at the Friends Meeting House in Manoa. Some years earlier, Friends had started an annual “Friends Festival,” featuring a big tent full of rummage, a “Better Boutique” upstairs, food, crafts, and generally good fun. It was a fundraiser for local peace activities, part of the effort that led to the opening of a local AFSC office with at least one staff person, and drew hundreds of people each year.
I’m guessing this photo was taken in around 1990, give or take several years, long after I had left the AFSC staff and gone on to other employment. But I would have to do some research to determine whether the festival tradition continued through that time period. I’m guessing that I’ve got other photos that might help pin down the dates, but finding them…another problem.
The festival is no longer held. Perhaps there’s a history there to be written.