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Cancellation of FANHS 2020 Conference

Categories: News

March 27, 2020

Dear FANHS Family, 2020 Conference Attendees, and Friends,

Due to the ongoing concerns about the coronavirus (COVID-19), the impact of travel restrictions and the need for social distancing, the 18th Biennial Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS) Conference that was scheduled to take place July 15-18, 2020, in Waikiki, Hawaii, has been CANCELED. With unanimous approval by the FANHS Board of Trustees, we decided to make this extraordinary and heartbreaking decision in response to the direction by health authorities, government officials, and the World Health Organization (WHO) who have declared COVID-19 a pandemic. We are sorry the 2020 Conference had to be canceled, but we have a clear responsibility to act for the health and well-being of our FANHS members.

We realize that our FANHS gatherings have been more than a conference. For nearly 38 years, FANHS has held space for historical and personal transformations that have profoundly shaped the lives and relationships of those who have attended our biennial conferences. This year’s conference would have been similar with the theme of “Kau Kau Tin”, which echoes the development of community and building lifelong friendships. Together, we have built a supportive and vibrant national network of those who are deeply committed to the mission of FANHS. As a national community, we work to transform our history and a sense of pride in our identity. Our community strength will carry us forward through this difficult time as we collectively face the challenges of this global pandemic.

We have attached additional information related to the FANHS conference cancellation. The FANHS Hawaii State Chapter will send refunds to those who have already paid their fees for registration. Please allow up to 4 weeks to receive the refund.

We thank everyone who worked so hard to organize our FANHS Biennial Conference and thank all of you who planned to attend. We look forward to seeing each other again in the future, as we believe we will get through this challenging time as a stronger organization. We will be in touch with members about the 2020 FANHS Trustee Elections. The election will likely be held electronically. Until then, we wish you good health and well-being and ask you to stay safe.


FANHS National Board of Trustees


FANHS 2020 Conference Registration Fee Refunds

Registration refunds will be sent from the FANHS Hawaii State Chapter. We ask for your patience and understanding as we process these refunds in the next month, since we are an all-volunteer run organization.

Marriott Waikiki Beach Resort Hotel or Alternate Lodging Reservations

Hotel reservations will NOT be canceled by FANHS or the hotel automatically. Please check your hotel or alternate lodging confirmation for instructions to cancel.  You should be able to cancel online or call the hotel directly to cancel.


Airlines have different cancellation and refund policies. If you have already made flight or other travel arrangements, consult your carrier regarding their policies. This letter can be submitted in an effort to provide proof of conference cancellation.

Presenters and Authors

We are thankful for your hard work and preparation to share your knowledge and your writings, and we hope there will be opportunities for you to do this at a future FANHS Conference or an alternate FANHS platform.

Exhibitors, Silent Auction Donors, and Sponsors

FANHS Hawaii State Chapter shall work directly with exhibitors, donors, and sponsors on how to process refunds where applicable.

Future FANHS Conferences

The next FANHS Biennial National Conference is scheduled for 2022, in our home base of Seattle, Washington, to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of FANHS.

The 2024 FANHS National Conference is proposed for Houston, Texas.

Check and follow FANHS National on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for updates.  #FANHS2020