Lawmakers Breaking the Law

A tragic history made by a false chemistry


Hawai'i was illegally annexed by the United States on January 17, 1893, and made possible by; Pres. Cleveland, Pres McKinley, and Minister John L. Stevens.

Historical Significance

The annexation of Hawai'i to the January 17, 1893 became attainable because of Pres. Cleveland, Pres. McKinley, and Minister John L. Stevens.

This topic is important in history as it is an eye-opener. Many people do not know the story behind the overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom. All they know is that Hawai’i was annexed to the US. When the truth is, Hawaiians suffered a lot. In their eyes, America was not the greatest country. Probably the strongest for they could not do anything but to watch their home being taken slowly away from them. If only Hawaiians had the control over the islands, Hawai’i would be so much different right now. The monarchy would still exist, and the culture would die.

The former Hawaiian Kings did not intentionally give away their sovereignty, yet they eventually lost the Kingdom. It all started when King Kamehameha III established the first Hawaiian Constitution and enacted the Great Mahele. The constitution, similar to the US Constitution, is written in English-language and reduced the power of the Mo'i. Hawaiians were supposed to be the one who benefits from the reform. Unfortunately, it was the foreigners who took the advantages. They bought most of the lands from the ones who needed more money. King Kamehameha III just wanted the best for his people. Little did he know, it was the start of losing their home.


When the monarchy got overthrown, Queen Liliuokalani went to the US President for help with the hope of Pres Grover Cleveland will do the right thing. With such a kind heart, he sent Secretary Blount to investigate the situation. When Sec. Blount went back, he presented an over a thousand report. What's in it? THE OVERTHROW OF THE HAWAIIAN KINGDOM IS ILLEGAL AND IMMORAL. Knowing the law and as a president, he asked the Americans who were in the Islands to give Hawaiians their sovereignty. Then, the Americans refused. They even threatened the President that he has to gun them down first. Apparently, the President chose his people. He became an accessory to the crime.

Supplemental Information

In the picture below is a picture of American soldiers standing in front of the Iolani Palace. This was the ceremony of the Overthrow and the Annexation of Hawai'i to the US as a territory. They are lowering down the Hawaiian Flag. After that, it was cut into pieces. The pieces then were given to the people who contributed to the eventual overthrow as a remembrance that they were successful.
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Work Cited

Amigo. Dir. John Sayles. Perf. Joel Torre, Chris Cooper, Garret Dillahunt. 2010. Film.

"Lorrin Thurston Led an Overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawaii with the American Flag First Raised over 'Iolani Palace Today in 1893. Now WE Know Em." Nowweknowem. N.p., 17 Jan. 2014. Web. 12 Mar. 2015.