Aloha, Hawai'i

Hawai'i's Monarchy Comes to an Unjust End

Thesis

President Cleveland, President McKinley, and Minister John L. Stevens all played an important role in the overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom on January 17, 1983.

Historical Significance

President Cleveland, President McKinley, and Minister John L. Stevens all played an important role in the overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom on January 17, 1893.

This topic is important to history, because this marked the end of an independent country that was filled with excellent pioneers and innovators that were isolated from the rest of the world for centuries. The Hawaiian people trusted and welcomed the foreigners that came to the island, and showcased their culture. However, their kind nature was taken advantage of by Americans. Their independence as people and as a country was ripped out of their hands.

The Hawaiian people were left betrayed, as they tried fighting an already lost war with the United States against annexation. Foreigners that were originally meant to help the Hawaiian people turned around and fought to help annex their country to the US. When Queen Liliuokalani was overthrown, Hawaiians did not only feel betrayed by their foreign advisers, but also devastated by the loss of their queen. However, the overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom has a long lasting effect on the Hawaiian people. Even today, many Hawaiians feel bitter for their country being stripped of its independence over a century ago. Some Hawaiians still want Hawai'i to become an independent country again, their anger from their ancestors burning within them. Whether this consequence was intended or unintended is unclear.

Is Hawai'i Legally and Lawfully a State of the Union?

Hawai’i was not legally and lawfully made a state of the union, because not only was Queen Liliuokalani overthrown without a valid reason, but the voices and pleads of the Hawaiian people were ignored. They protested against the annexation of their country, but their went unheard by the American people. Americans wrongfully took their land despite a majority of them being against annexation.

Supplemental Information

This video is of individuals all across the Hawaiian Islands singing the song "Kaulana Na Pua". Kaulana Na Pua was written in 1893 after Queen Liliuokalani was overthrown from her place as the monarch of Hawai'i. It has kaona, or a hidden meaning. To foreigners, the up beat tempo of the song makes it appear to be innocent, but to Hawaiians, this song was their anthem against annexation, and against joining the United States.
Kaulana Na Pua

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