By Noenoe K. Silva

In 1897, as a white oligarchy made plans to permit the U.S. to annex Hawai'i, local Hawaiians geared up a big petition force to protest. Ninety-five percentage of the local inhabitants signed the petition, inflicting the annexation treaty to fail within the U.S. Senate. This occasion was once unknown to many modern Hawaiians till Noenoe ok. Silva rediscovered the petition within the strategy of gaining knowledge of this booklet. With few exceptions, histories of Hawai'i were established completely on English-language resources. they've got now not taken into consideration the millions of pages of newspapers, books, and letters written within the mom tongue of local Hawaiians. by way of conscientiously interpreting lots of those files, Silva fills a vital hole within the ancient list. In so doing, she refutes the long-held concept that local Hawaiians passively approved the erosion in their tradition and lack of their country, displaying that they actively resisted political, fiscal, linguistic, and cultural domination. Drawing on Hawaiian-language texts, basically newspapers produced within the 19th century and early 20th, Silva demonstrates that print media was once crucial to social conversation, political organizing, and the perpetuation of Hawaiian language and tradition. a strong critique of colonial historiography, Aloha Betrayed offers a much-needed historical past of local Hawaiian resistance to American imperialism.

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Cook’s attitude of superiority, evident in his expectation that the ali¿i would be subjugated to his authority, is clear in all the various accounts. Equally clear is the refusal of the K¯anaka Hawai¿i to be subjugated. Cook was not the only person killed during the visit of his ship to the islands. Ralph Kuykendall’s synthesis of the events does not dilute 22 Aloha Betrayed the violence perpetrated by the British visitors: ‘‘While the king was hesitating, news came that a chief crossing the bay in a canoe had been killed by a shot from one of the foreign boats.

The legacy of kauikeaouli From his childhood as the young m¯o¿¯ı Kamehameha III until his death in 1854, Kauikeaouli led Hawai¿i through the multiple challenges to his nation’s sovereignty and to his people’s dignity. With his council of ali¿i nui, which included women, along with his haole advisers, he transformed Hawai¿i into a nation-state recognized by the would-be colonizing nations, and in doing so he preserved his nation’s independence. The Kingdom of Hawai¿i adopted what it needed from the European and American systems, while preserving as much as possible its own traditions.

Because there are so many stories told in so many di√erent ways, there is no reason to present here a new history of the arrival and early activities of the missionaries; instead I will summarize the stories, highlighting some of the struggles over how pono was to be defined. I will also briefly review what is often described as the missionaries’ greatest accomplishment: the introduction of literacy and the establishment of the print media in Hawai¿i nei. S. missionaries to come to Hawai¿i. Along ¿Op¯ ¯ ukaha¿ia and other Kanaka with an even younger man named Hopu, ¿Op¯ youths signed on as hands on the whaling and merchant ships that passed ¯ ukaha¿ia learned English, first aboard a ship through Hawai¿i nei.

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