Explore Asian American & Pacific Islander Stories

Asian and Pacific Islander peoples in all walks of life have played a profoundly important role in American history, contributing to and shaping the rich heritage of the United States in many ways. Explore their stories and their legacy by visiting the units of the National Park System and other places listed in the National Register of Historic Places, most of which are National Historic Landmarks, throughout the nation featured in this itinerary. The National Park Service preserves historic places and stories of America's diverse cultural heritage and expands and maintains the National Register of Historic Places.

The Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Discover Our Shared Heritage Travel Itinerary was produced by the National Park Service's Cultural Resources Office of Interpretation and Education in partnership with the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers.

Huilua Pond in  Hawai'i.  Photo by Bob Linsdell, CC BY 3.0

The Places of AAPI History

Huilua Fishpond, in Kahana Bay on the Island of Oahu, illustrates the unique aquafarming practices of the Hawaiian people.

Head shot of Mabel Lee from New York Tribune

Mabel Ping-Hua Lee

Mabel Lee advocated for women's suffrage rights. She was also the first Chinese woman to earn a PhD in economics from Columbia University.

Queen Liliuokalani. Photographed around 1891 by James J. Williams (Source: Honolulu Star-bulletin.

Queen Liliuokalani

Queen Liliuokalani was the last monarch of the Kingdom of Hawai'i.

Last updated: April 25, 2019

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