Inside USA – The Other Hawaii – Al-Jazeera

Excerpts from From a Native Daughter: Colonialism and Sovereignty in Hawai‘i by Haunani-Kay Trask

“These settlers have no interest in, or concern about, our Native people. Settlers of all colors come to Hawai’i for refuge, for relaxation. They do not know, nor do they care, that our Native government was overthrown by white sugar planters in 1893 with the willing aid of the American troops; that our islands were [illegally] annexed in 1898 against the expressed wishes of our Native people; that our political status as Hawaiian citizens was made impossible by forced annexation to the United States. Many non-Natives have said that we should be grateful for the alleged opportunity of American citizenship even if this has meant termination as an independent country” (82).
“During the course of little more than a century, the haole [white foreigner] onslaught had taken from us 95% of our Hawaiian people, 99% of our lands and water, and the entirety of our political sovereignty. As the twentieth century dawned, we were but a remnant of the great and ancient people we had once been” (84)

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