Juneteenth recognition ‘a milestone’ in fight for racial justice, Hawaii leaders say

For three decades Sandra Simms has celebrated Juneteenth in Hawaii with her family. The first event she remembers attending in the early 1990s was an informal potluck-style gathering at Neal S. Blaisdell Park in Aiea. Since then the locations and events may have changed, but one thing has remained: Community members came together to commemorate June 19, 1865, when Union soldiers told enslaved Black people in Galveston, Texas, of their freedom.