• Aloha Betrayed

  • Native Hawaiian Resistance to American Colonialism
  • By: Noenoe K. Silva
  • Narrated by: Kaipo Schwab
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History, Americas
  • 5.0 out of 5 stars (4 ratings)
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In 1897, as a White oligarchy made plans to allow the United States to annex Hawai'i, native Hawaiians organized a massive petition drive to protest. Ninety-five percent of the native population signed the petition, causing the annexation treaty to fail in the US Senate. 

This event was unknown to many contemporary Hawaiians until Noenoe K. Silva rediscovered the petition in the process of researching this book. With few exceptions, histories of Hawai'i have been based exclusively on English-language sources. They have not taken into account the thousands of pages of newspapers, books, and letters written in the mother tongue of native Hawaiians. By rigorously analyzing many of these documents, Silva fills a crucial gap in the historical record. In so doing, she refutes the long-held idea that native Hawaiians passively accepted the erosion of their culture and loss of their nation, showing that they actively resisted political, economic, linguistic, and cultural domination. Drawing on Hawaiian-language texts, primarily newspapers produced in the 19th century and early 20th, Silva demonstrates that print media was central to social communication, political organizing, and the perpetuation of Hawaiian language and culture.

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Same story again and again

As if it weren't bad enough to overthrow a legitimate government for avaricious and militaristic ends. Or erase native mythology and legend with more "civilized" superstitions. The effort to whitewash the history of resistance may be the most egregious act of imperialism, as it seeks to demean the soul of a people. And the uncritical masses of the colonizing agent eat it up, and believe they're doing god's work. Again and again and again, and refuse to see the truth. A pitiful shame. Excellent book, very informative and enlightening.

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