(H)API Hour was founded in 2000 by community activists Linda Li, David Chiu (California State Assemblymember and former President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors), Khin Mai Aung, Monty Agarwal, Gavin Funabiki, Phil Ting (California State Assemblymember), Jane Kim (San Francisco Supervisor) and Victor Hwang. Keith Kamisugi joined the team in 2001.
Since its first San Francisco event in July 2000, (H)API Hour has raised the profile of and thousands of dollars for AAPI nonprofits and issues, including: 1830 Sutter (Japantown Y), AABA CRC, AAJA (SF and LA), AATC, Angel Island Foundation, APALSA Conference, APAs for an Informed California/No on Prop 54, API Legal Outreach, API Wellness, Asata, Asian Law Caucus, Asian Neighborhood Design, Asian Pacific Environmental Network, Asian Women’s Shelter, CAA, CCDC, Chinatown Beacon Center, Committee for Human Rights in the Phillipines, Community Educational Services, East West Players (LA), emPower/APIForce, GAPA, Hapa Issues Forum, Hyphen Magazine, Jackson Street Residential Program/Asian Focus Unit, JCYC, KEEP, KAC-SF, KSW, Lanuola, Locus, NAATA, Narika, OASES, Stop Oakland Chinatown Evictions.
Keith expanded (H)API Hour to Los Angeles for several years. Our initial supporters and volunteers in Los Angeles included: Alice Lee, Catlin Nguyen, Diane Tanaka, Darrell Miho, Emmy Lam, Emilia Hwang, Evangeline Reyes, Laurie Sumiye, Herbert Hu, Jason Park, James Lee, Janelle Hamabata, Jhemon Lee, James Toma, Kevin Chiang, Richard Kim, Karin Wang, Lilly Rewruja, Ling-Ling Chang, Jack Wai, Marilyn Lin, Wendy Lin, Mauricio Hirano, Michelle Suzuki, Michelle Hu, Mike Fong, Joy de Leon, Satomi Furugaki, Sarah Park, Steve Chee, Wayne J Pan, Ellen Li, Yumi Higa and Young Hoo Kim.
The (H)API Hour events and hapihour.org are now both defunct. This site and a 1,000-plus address email list are still used to raise awareness of Asian American and Pacific Islander issues.
Foundasian.org was launched in January 2010 to replace hapihour.org, a blog related the happy hour series called “(H)API Hour” that promoted progressive Asian American and Pacific Islander organizations, issues, events and people.