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Spreading the Word: The Truth of the Take Over Of Hawaii

Updated on April 25, 2013

Hello. If you are reading this article, then you are someone who cares about the wrongs that were committed by the United States of America, yes, the United States of America, against the Kingdom of Hawaii. What you are about to read comes from what I have learned from a college course in Hawaiian History. It is a topic that has scarcely been given a chance to arise. This article is my way of getting that topic up.

We all know about how Queen Lili'uokalani, last reigning monarch of the Kingdom of Hawaii abdicated from her thrown after this group known as the Committee of Safety came and occupied the castle. And we also know that some time afterward, the Hawaii Kingdom was annexed to the United States of America. However, there's actually a lot more too it than just that.

*Please note that the facts presented were something I learned from a semester course at the University of Hawaii. Corrections of facts are welcomed at the comments section of this page. You can see for yourself if the facts are true or not by simply googling them.*

FACT: During the overthrow of the throne, John L. Stevens, Minister from the United States, acknowledged the overthrow without the consent of the United States government. He was in with the Committee of Safety, a front organization whose true purpose was to ultimately take over Hawaii so businessmen would have the power for their own greedy wants.

FACT: When United States military forces came to Hawaii in answer to the call made by the Committee of Safety, and by the U. S. Minister's authority, they came on foreign land without the permission of the ruling government, making the U. S. military occupation illegal by International Law.

FACT: President Cleveland acknowledged what was done against the Kingdomg Hawaii as wrong after an impartial investigation and opposed annexation. He tried to get the queen back on the throne, but the Committee members refused to back down and made a provisional government.

FACT: When the time finally came when Hawaii was annexed, it was done as a Resolution. A Resolution, in accordance to International Law at the time, can only affect what is already territory of the country making the Resolution, or is a part of said country. As such, legally, the Kingdom of Hawaii should not have been annexed. The annexation, itself, is illegal, and should not have been acknowledged. The Hawaiian Islands, legally, are not a part of the United States.

FACT: When a choice was given to the territories of the United States to either stay a territory, become a state of the U. S., or to regain independence, the choice of independence was omitted, giving the people of Hawaii no other choice except to vote on statehood for the rights that being a territory would prevent them from having.

What the United States did and is still doing with Hawaii, is supposed to be illegal by International Law. Having learned this, what do you believe should be done?

*Note: As this is my first article ever, please show lenience in the comments. Some helpful suggestions are welcome.*


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      Victor W. Kwok 3 years ago from Hawaii

      Thanks for sharing, Chuck. I hope you enjoyed reading this article.

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      Chuck Fasst 3 years ago from Portland, Oregon

      I remember an earlier story about King Kamehahmehah overthrowing the islands one by one. I rode up to the cliffs where the last warriors made their final stand.

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      Victor W. Kwok 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Thanks, Rachael for this great insight. You should publish this comment as a full hub!

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      Rachael O'Halloran 4 years ago from United States

      It is true that Hawaii was literally stolen out from under them. Slickly too, but we will never hear the true story from the government of how that happened. It is my opinion that schools don't teach the right stuff in history books anymore, if at all. Not all schools used the same history books. The books you used in school as a child were much different in each part of the US. I raised 5 kids in 4 different states and 8 different schools and I can tell you that none of them learned the same thing when their siblings had been in that grade. If enough time goes by, I swear they are banking on either living history members being dead, senile or relocated so that it is forgotten and they can write what they want in the books. History changes with whomever is contracted to write the textbooks and as long as it is not inflammatory toward the US, it gets approved for curriculum. Whether it is true or not. I even wonder if any historian actually reads them before approval.

      I home schooled my kids for a few years due to various issues in schools and a sick child who couldn't go to school, and the school tried to say my kids were slow when they went back to school after being homeschooled. I used their very own history books for 2 years, but when they went back to school, those history books were no longer in use and other books with very different views on Vietnam war and customs were in their places.

      What you learned about Hawaii in your school years undoubtedly was very different from what a child would be learning in Hawaii in the last 2 or 3 years. Likewise a child learning say 20 years ago will have another totally different slant on the same incidents in Hawaii history. While it is true that Hawaii was swindled from them, it is par for the course in how the US does business when they want to acquire something. If you look into other states, you will see similar stories of discord and ripoffs. Even if it looks like a state received compensation for being bought by the US, you can see somewhere in the first 10 years the indwelling discord of it inhabitants because they figured out they had been ripped off in the "bargain" - value of things goes down, other things are not as important to either side anymore and the bargaining chips used to make the deal have become worthless. For the USA, it is all about hoarding - having - owning - possession.

      Does it make sense? No. Does it mean it is true? Absolutely not. When I read what I learned about Vietnam in my last 2 years of college and what my kids learned when they were in high school, I wondered if we were talking about the same war. Clearly we were not. It took one child's father who was a Vietnam Vet who suffered terrible effects of Agent Orange to go to the school board and tell them that the books they were using to teach kids about Vietnam war was clearly propaganda against Vietnam, a country many felt we had no reason being there in the first place and a country we devastated with chemicals that left them with generations of birth defects and disease due to Agent Orange and other chemicals we dumped on their country. It took a lawsuit to get the books pulled out of the schools but they are out. The clincher was when he marched his 3 adopted kids in front of the judge.

      It is the difference between textbook history and "living" history. The government can put any spin they want on "history books" and brainwash our kids into thinking their spiel is true. But when a kid has to live in the same house as his father who has chemical burns and neurological deficits that are the direct result of Agent Orange and when that same father adopted 3 children from Vietnam from parents who were dying because of the fallout, and now those 3 children have grown up to pass their own exposure thru their DNA onto their own children, the chain effect of Agent Orange will not stop with one or two generations. It will continue for several generations and as much as history wants to push it under the rug, the "living history" people will never let them forget. Nor should they.

      In Hawaii, your living history is the best testament to keeping your history alive. History is meant to be passed from generation to generation - hopefully not lost in translation - and it is not meant for the government to put their spin on it so that "living history" is ignored.

      We can all attend a Veterans Fundraising party, the government on one side of the banquet hall and the vets on the other side of the banquet all, talking about a victory battle and decidedly the conversations will be vastly different. It is all about perspective in most cases, but when it comes to the government it is not only perspective, it is about saving face, putting a positive "win one for the team" face on every aspect of history they can, and only those who were "there" will know different. We have to get those who were there to document it so that we all never forget the real history.

      Oral narratives, writing memoirs, journals --- anything they can to document so that new generations don't forget the old ways and the old days. How it used to be and how it came to change.

      Your short hub set me off first thing in the morning on a subject dear to my heart. . . how the government takes advantage of people - which is what was done to you and to the people I mentioned in this comment.


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      Victor W. Kwok 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Thanks for reading Nadine.

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      Nadine May 4 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Thanks for an interesting read about Hawaii. I never knew any of that but I'm not surprised.

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      Victor W. Kwok 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Thank you Manatita. I am happy that you call me friend. Peace to you too.

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      manatita44 4 years ago from london

      My Friend Vkwok,

      You are a person of conscience, I know. I appreciate this highly. One has to take a stand according to one's capacity, knowledge and consciousness.

      Having said that, though, history past and surprisingly present, shows the same old greed and ego, popping up its head all over the place.

      Whether its the Romans or Greeks or Europeans, people such as the Aztecs, Mayans, Africans, Red Indians and many more, including Maori's and Aborigines have suffered. I am not taking a stance here, nor am I asking you so to do. I'm simply pointing out that it's the same old story as before.

      I use to feel sad until the early eighties. Then I decided, through God's Grace, to play my part through prayer and meditations; through peace initiatives and a selfless love for all.

      This is not to persuade you in any way. As I hinted at the beginning, you will work in the way that the Universe wants you, and that's healthy too. You are my friend here on Hub Pages, and yes, I do feel sad when after so many thousands of years, we are seemingly so far from where we need to be as children of the Lord.

      Much love to you this Sunday. Much Joy and much peace, my supportive and loving friend. Peace.


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      Victor W. Kwok 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Yes, it is a shame Jackie.

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      There was someone else here that wrote about this. I remember it was more personal for them. I did a hug on a girl born in Hawaii, could have been her; I will look and see. It is a very shocking thing that Americans overlook, just like so many things we overlook. It really is a shame. Presidents break the constitution and we allow it and only want to use it when it concerns us.

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      Mtbailz 6 years ago

      Great Hub and welcome to HubPages. It's refreshing to hear that other people know about the history of hawaiian-US relations. Most people can list all of the illegal and immoral things America has done post-WW2, but Americans tend to forget what was done in the 19th century. Well done bringing this information to light.

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      Jackie Lynnley 6 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Sorry that I don't really have any idea what should be done but I can tell you it won't be. Right now we are overran by illegal immigrants we are supporting to our destruction and our government is far more corrupt than when they illegally took Hawaii. I do hope you get the answer you are looking for.



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