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meremeremere
08:10 pm - A presentation on Sovereignty. Kokua, please?
Hi All and Aloha Kakou,

I am a Hawaii expat living in New Zealand and currently TAing a university class on Polynesian Issues.
I have to give a lecture on Hawaiian Sovereignty and wanted to ask here:
If you were giving an informative lecture on the issue— past, present and future,— what would you include?
Of course, I'll be telling the story of the overthrow of the monarchy, I'll be including music and poetry that speaks to the disenfranchisement of Kanaka Maoli, but what else? If you could give one message or say one thing (or several things) to young Polynesian students unfamiliar with the struggle in Hawai'i, what would you say?

Mahalo Nui Loa

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From:ehanui
Date:October 12th, 2005 08:43 am (UTC)
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I would say that while there are cultural similarities between Hawaiians and other Polynesians, politically, Hawaiians were different.
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From:meremeremere
Date:October 12th, 2005 09:07 am (UTC)
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Oh most definitely, and that is the crux of course in fact. I'll be comparing it the movement in Tonga, the coup in Fiji as being different alternatives to searching for independence, freedom and "democracy." Great point, and mahalo for the input.
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From:paul_arrighi
Date:March 5th, 2006 06:06 am (UTC)
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I know this is late but the first thing that crossed my mind was comparing the land issues in Hawaii and New Zealand, the different approaches of Kamehameha III and the mahele with Hone Heke and the Land Wars and the benefits/disadvantages to the locals people as a result.
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From:maldito
Date:October 12th, 2005 12:39 pm (UTC)
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I have to give a lecture on Hawaiian Sovereignty and wanted to ask here:
If you were giving an informative lecture on the issue— past, present and future,— what would you include?
Of course, I'll be telling the story of the overthrow of the monarchy, I'll be including music and poetry that speaks to the disenfranchisement of Kanaka Maoli, but what else? If you could give one message or say one thing (or several things) to young Polynesian students unfamiliar with the struggle in Hawai'i, what would you say?


You mentioned disenfranchisement. Be sure to talk about it as it happened and who exactly was disenfranchised. It wasn't just na 'oiwi, but also the Chinese and Japanese too. Give them the whole picture of Hawai'i as a kingdom, an independent state recognized as such since 1843.

I guess the most important parts of the overthrow was what exactly led up to it. The constitution, the greedy Americans who wanted to exercise their democracy and imposted the Constitution of 1887 and how that changed things, although I think keiki100 knows more about that and how it didn't make much of a difference.

Also, how Hawaiian society was before it moved to a constitutional monarchy and how Kamehameha III gave up his absolute power and brought in democracy.

So...you going to the WIPCE in Aotearoa coming up in Dec.?
From:(Anonymous)
Date:November 14th, 2005 03:12 am (UTC)

Hawaii Political History

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Aloha,
I am a Kanaka Maoli serving on the faculty of Massey University College of Education in Palmerston North. I often am asked to lecture on the topic of Hawaii's history, particularly as it relates to Hawaii's political history relative to the U.S. I happened to be reviewing this blog and I noticed your posting. I would be happy to be in contact with you to support your interests and work in this area? How do we proceed?
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From:meremeremere
Date:November 14th, 2005 03:15 am (UTC)

Re: Hawaii Political History

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Hey Mahalo for that. I actually already gave the lecture and did cover the issue of political history relative to the U.S. What island are you from? What do you teach? You must know one of my professors who just came to Auckland a year ago (he was at Massey in the college of Ed as well I believe...)
Small world.

Would love to chat more, always keen to meet people from home!
From:(Anonymous)
Date:November 14th, 2005 07:37 pm (UTC)

Re: Hawaii Political History

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Aloha,
My name is Pi'ikea Clark, I've been on the faculty here at Massey now for the last three years. Previous to this I was lecturing in Whangarei at a Polytech. Previous to that, I taught at the University of Hawaii and Kapiolani Community College in Honolulu.

I am a visual artist and my area of research is in indigenous visual culture studies. my email is h.p.clark@massey.ac.nz send me an email and we can continue this.

All the best and malama,
Pi'ikea
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Date:December 6th, 2007 08:14 pm (UTC)

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