Hawai’i and Native Hawaiians — What You May Not Know

Posted on February 18th, 2016 by Cici
[HAWAII, HONOLULU: Iolani Palace, the only royal palace in the USA. The palace is a four-story Italian Renaissance palace built by King David Kalakaua in 1882. At S. King and Richards Streets, Honolulu, Island of Oahu.] *** []

Iolani Palace in downtown Honolulu — where the royalty of Hawai`i once lived. Image from latimes.com.

Long before Hawai’i was the number one vacation destination in the U.S., it was an independent nation ruled by a monarchy. In this article, written by Stephanie Launiu and published on hubpages.com, we take a look at the Hawai`i not known to many tourists.


Hawaiian man and his two children, circa 1890. Image from hubpages.com.

What You May Not Know About Hawai’i

Many think of Hawai’i merely as the 50th state of the United States where the weather is sunny all year long, we have hula dancers, beaches, luaus, surfers, and a TV show called Hawaii 5-0. However there’s so much more beyond just what modern day popular culture depicts about Hawai’i.

This article will go far beyond what you thought you knew about Hawai’i. Read on and learn about the relationship between the U.S., Hawai’i and its native people—it’s a complicated one that a majority of people may not know about. Each of the following topics will be explained more in the article:

  • Native Hawaiians are a race of people
  • Hawaiians almost became extinct
  • Hawai’i was an independent and sovereign nation
  • Hawaiians quickly became literate after western contact
  • Hawai’i’s government was illegally overthrown by the United States of America
  • Native Hawaiians tried to fight back
  • The Hawaiian language was banned after the overthrow
  • Queen Lili’uokalani wrote the famous song titled “Aloha ‘Oe” (translation: Farewell)
  • The U.S. officially apologized for the illegal overthrow
  • Native Hawaiians are revitalizing their language and culture
  • Ongoing efforts are being made by Kanaka Maoli for self-government
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