Although the Kingdom of Hawaii proclaimed its neutrality during the Civil War, did you know at least 110 men from Hawaii risked their lives fighting for the freedom of others?
This fine-print footnote to Civil War history is given a chapter of its own in a remarkable documentary, currently in production, by historical researcher, writer and Hawaiian cultural consultant Nanette Napoleon.
The film broadens the scope of the war far beyond the continental United States and links the islands to one of the most pivotal events in American history.
When completed next year, the documentary will commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War (2011-2015).
At 7 p.m. Monday at the Lyman Museum, come get a moving preview of “Hawaii Sons of the Civil War” and Napoleon’s commentary on the poignant stories behind the film — and at its heart.
The Smithsonian-affiliated Lyman Museum at 276 Haili St. in Hilo showcases the natural and cultural history of Hawaii.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for evening public programs. Cost is $3; free to Lyman Museum members. Additional parking is available at Hilo Union School.
For more information, visit www.lymanmuseum.org.