The United State’s annexation of Hawaii in 1898 led to the gradual destruction of the Hawaiian culture and the almost-extinction of native-born Hawaiians. The majority of the Hawaiian natives opposed the annexation of Hawaii and wanted to maintain their sovereignty. Although the Japanese could have taken over the Hawaiian islands if the United States had not, the annexation of Hawaii by the U.S. was unjustified because of the treatment of the monarchy and natives, the infringement of the natives’ self-established culture and government, and the natives’ overwhelming opposition to the U.S’s involvement in Hawaii.
Another piece of gained by the U.S. was Hawaii. One reason for the annexation of Hawaii was because America needed a place to stop along the way to Asia. It allowed the U.S. to trade with Hawaii and take control of the sugar farmer’s crops. Also, establishing a mid-Pacific fueling station and naval base became a strategic imperative for the United States.
The overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom was in the year of 1893 and transpired during the reign of David Kalakaua and Queen Lili’uokalani. During this significant event, many monarchs, royalists, republicans, and revolutionaries were involved, with the exception of the many Hawaiians who had been against the annexation (Pitzer). While talking about annexation, the overthrow had been a key event that led to the annexation of Hawaii to the United States. When Hawaii was still under the reign of King David Kalakaua, he was forced to sign the Bayonet Constitution under duress. Queen Lili’uokalani had yielded her throne in order to avoid bloodshed and trusted that the United States government would right the wrong that had been done to her and the Hawaiian people (Pitzer). The overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom was not justified because a man by the name of John Stevens acted without the consent of the United States government, the Committee of Public Safety had actually been plotting against the queen, and Hawaii’s independence as a nation and its land was taken away.
Many Native Hawaiian people have lost touch with their culture. Many people around the world don’t know about the unique Hawaiian culture. People in America don’t know a lot about these unique Hawaiian arts either. Many of the old Hawaiian traditions were lost because foreigners took over the Hawaiian islands and banned many Hawaiian traditions that have been going on for decades. This loss of culture was devastating for the people and was hard to gain back after almost being completely eliminated. To teach new generations about the old Hawaiian culture, this research paper will detail what it was like years ago. It will also explain why the Hawaiian culture and traditions should be reinstated. This paper will explain how the traditions
The United States has inflicted imperialism on the island Hawaii on January 17, 1893. They did this by overthrowing the government which was a monarchy and its ruler was Queen Liliuokalani. Then by overthrowing the sugar planters who overthrew the Queen, President William Mckinley was able to obtaining the territory for the U.S after the Spanish-American war. The U.S wanted to obtain Hawaii because of its monopoly on Sugar and its Sugar exports to The United States. The United States wanted to obtain the territory also to get rid of taxes on them and the business, and wealthy people were losing their ability to manipulate the government and wanted it as a naval base like pearl harbor.
Imperialism was a controversial idea that a nation can extend its power outward through means of diplomatic or military force. This often results in a shift of power from one major force currently in control to another. The people of that nation under control conflict may also experience wars, rebellions, or cultural destruction. Looking at some of these events, we see some positives and negatives of imperialistic action taken by the United States, and how it affected the nations imperialized by the United States.
I think “The United States annexes Hawaii in 1900” should be paired with imperialism. The meaning of imperialism is the policy that creates colonies in the weaker nations in order to make raw materials and have access to the new markets. The reason why I think The United States annexing Hawaii in 1900 is a part of imperialism is because once Americans was done settling in Hawaii they started to grow sugar and sold it to the Americans in the US; both the US and Hawaii in 1875 and Hawaii agreed to trading sugar and this allowed Hawaiian sugar to be shipped to the US without tariffs.
In the mid 1800s, the world had already started imperializing, extending their nation’s power over other lands, and america was starting the race late. American expansionists became interested in acquiring Hawaii in the late 1800s. Located somewhat 2,000 miles west of California, Hawaii was an ideal spot for coaling stations and naval bases for ships traveling to and from Asia. They first started by slowly settling in to Hawaii and later they annexed it for their country. The annexation of Hawaii highly benefitted the US navy and expanded the US military worldwide. However, lots of Hawaiian lives were to disease when the Americans first arrived in Hawaii. Although there were a fair amount of positive and negative outcomes of the annexation,
The Mahele was an important event, changing the way the land was divided. The Hawaiians would realize they would be going to lose their lands to the foreigners. The Mahele was unnecessary and caused great suffering for the Hawaiians. The only person who really needed it was the foreigners, it was a horrible idea. The Great Mahele Act of 1848 was unjustified because foreigners didn’t need to make new laws, Hawaiians lost land, and poverty came (http://www.hawaiihistory.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=ig.page&PageID=288) .
The overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom took place in Hawaii on January 17th, 1893. The overthrow was when the Hawaiian Monarchy was taken down and lost its sovereignty. The Overthrow happened because, The annexationists wanted more power. Some people involved were King David Kalakaua, the Hawaiian league/ Committee of safety, Robert Wilcox, Queen Liliuokalani, and Lorrin Thurston, John Stevens, Sanford Dole, Jame Blount, Aloha Aina, American businessmen. The result of the Overthrow was unjustified. The Overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom was unjustified because there was a lot of fights about who is going to take over the kingdom. The queen also was forced to surrendered her kingdom to the U.S so they Committee of safety can’t have it.
From a foreign perspective, one of the main reasons the Mahele was enacted was because of the western way of thinking towards land ownership. The western way of thinking towards land ownership was that each individual could purchase, own, and sell land (Cachola). As the foreigners were accustomed to that way of thinking, they were perplexed by by the fact that the Hawaiians didn’t have the same ideas in terms of land ownership. So, the foreigners demanded that they system be changed in a way they they could buy and own land in fee simple (Cachola). Also, they Mahele of 1848 was created because many foreigners craved the right to own land, mainly to start businesses and to have ownership of the land beneath their homes. The foreigners wanted to develop a secure businesses that would not be shut down merely because they didn’t own the land under the business. They also wanted to have a secure place to live so that no one could trespass on their property and break into their homes. To the foreigners, the Mahele of 1848 was beneficial because it allowed them to buy and sell land and to own houses as well as the land under them.
On September 2, 1838, Liliu Kamakaeha, also known by her Christian name Lydia, and later in life by her royal name, Lili’uokalani, was born. Though her reign as Queen of Hawai’i was short, from 1891-1893, her impact on Hawai’i is still present today. Not only was she Hawaii’s last monarch, she was Hawaii’s first queen in her own right (not by marriage to a king), and her love of the Hawaiian people was unmatched by any other ruler or sovereign. Aside from being a political figure, she was highly religious, philanthropic, a writer and composer, and a traveler, having had the opportunity to meet Queen Victoria of England and developing a sort-of friendship with President Cleveland and his wife. Lili’uokalani was dethroned by an oligarchy of white American businessmen, who
where they came from. For the residents of Hawai’i, preserving and carrying on the Hawaiian culture has been a big issue over the past many years. This is because of various events that have occurred both in Hawaii’s history and in modern day Hawai’i. For instance, according to the Waianae Book of Hawaiian Health, in 1804, the first Westerners came to the islands, introducing horrid and infectious diseases that spread rapidly and killed hundreds and thousands of people, causing a drastic decline in the Hawaiian population. This also consequently damaged part of the Hawaiian culture. While this is just one of the many problems that have affected the loss of Hawaiian culture, this essay will explain the various other aspects, from the history (when the problem
Historical Hawaii was affected by an influx of missionaries, leaving Christian beliefs spread throughout the island. The majority of the native Hawaiians, however do not identify as religious. For the most part, they believe as their ancestors had; in multiple gods, spirituality and high regard for their land. Maintaining Harmony and balance among these three things is the up most important aspect of their culture. Everything in their lives is impacted by Mana; spiritual energy from the land. Mana is present every day in their lives, and continues to be considered even after death.
Emilihter Kihleng is a Guam born pohnpeian who “has spent much of her life moving back and forth between her native island of Pohnpei, Hawai’i, and Guam.” Although she was born in Guam she still holds a very close connection to her homeland of Pohnpei and speaks strongly about its issues and her experiences this can be found in her unique collection of poetry, My Urohs. As stated by Albert Wendt about Emilihter’s book that “it is Kihleng’s first collection; it is also the first collection of poetry in English by a Pohnpeian poet. But, more importantly, her voice is a new fusion of English and Pohnpeian, the result of her upbringing and life in Pohnpei, Guam, Hawai’i, and the USA.” She is also a graduate of UH Manoa with an MA in English