Little Known Secrets About Hawaii
Video excerpt: Hawaii's Last Queen
You will not find the true history of Hawaii in many books. You will not find it in many mainstream media reports or documentaries about Hawaii either. The true story of Hawaii is hidden to most outsiders until you have lived with the people of the region for some time, or happened to have stumbled across a local Kahuna who may disclose bits and pieces verbally if you stay around long enough to be trusted with such sacred, tribal information.
For centuries upon centuries Hawaii had been its' own self-sustaining, self-governing, sovereign nation; a relatively peaceful group of people with a wide array of amazing talents and the ability to grow and create all they needed to thrive in their own environment. All of that changed on January 17th, 1893 when a group of businessmen, with the help of the U.S. military, in direct violation of international law, invaded the Hawaiian Palace in Honolulu and took Queen Lili'uokalani and her Hawaiian nation captive. The following article gives a brief overview of some of these little known and not very well publicized events.
The history of Hawaii dates back long before U.S. influence, and long before any European crusaders or missionaries intruded here. Yet isn't it interesting that most of the historical sights have dates in public view that highlight only European and U.S. contact. You can be asssured that these were not put in place by the Hawaiian people who openly and virtually unanymously opposed these intrusions.
The true history of Hawaii dates back to the beginning of time with stories that have been passed on verbally through sacred ceremonies for generations upon generations, with some Hawaiians being able to recite their complete family lineages back to their origin. Tribes and locals here have held this sacred history close to them despite strong influences by U.S. and European agendas to forget and destroy the knowledge they were taught through their language, and long-practiced ceremonies and rituals such as Hula, and the teachings of Hawai‘i-nui-akea. Some of these stories have been recounted by natives like Lilikala K. Kame‘eleihiwa and described in the award winning film entitled: "Act Of War: The Overthrow Of The Hawaiian Nation". The film accurately describes how the U.S. and certain economicly motivated partners planted a small group of businessmen in Honolulu in 1893 and invaded the palace, unprovoked and in direct vioalation of international law, taking Queen Liliʻuokalani into captivity, then bringing ashore several bands of heavily armed troops from the U.S.S. Boston to support the effort by force. The video is not available online but can be purchased here.
Like many other regions on the planet that have been taken in similar fashion, and for similar reasons, U.S. decision-makers and businessmen saw the tremendous value in the location and resources of the Hawaiian islands from both economic and military standpoints. A quick look at geography shows the value of both the strategic location and also the agricultural resources found in Hawaii. No doubt seeing these and other benefits, in a similar way to how the Native American people were herded out of their homelands in what is now the U.S. mainland, the Hawaiian people were given no peaceful choice other than to surrender their Kingdom to U.S. control. The day the U.S. took Hawaii from its' people, the Hawaiian flag hanging over the palace was lowered and cut into small pieces and given to the supporters of the overthrowing movement, then the U.S. flag was raised in its' place. The occupying U.S. government made it illegal for locals to speak their native Hawaiian language and punished those who refused to comply. Local children were taken to public chools and indoctinated into the English system, and within a couple of generations everything changed into what you see today. The video clip "Hawaii's Last Queen" recounts the story as it really occured. You can find the full version of the film here: "Hawaii's Last Queen" - Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7.
As a testament to the people of Hawaii and their tradition of being an ancient culture who believes in the general equality of all people and in genuine love and hospitality for all beings, Queen Lili'uokalani, not wanting bloodshed, did not forcefully resist the movement, but rather stepped down gracefully, believing that the U.S. government would soon recognize the error of their ways and give the Kingdom back to its' people to whom it belonged. But instead she was sentenced to five years of hard labor, imprisoned in her own mansion, and spent the remaining 20 years of her life waiting for restitution which never came. Her fascinating story is one of epic historical significance. She wrote an autobiography of her life including details and photos of these events which can be read here.
To this day, the restitution she and the rest of the Hawaiian people wait for still has not come. Although agreements between both governments to restore Hawaii to its' rightful owners have been in place since shortly after the U.S. occupation, and President Clinton even formally apologized in 1993 for the illegal occupation and take-over of Hawaii, as of the date of this writing, the Hawaiian people are still waiting for the U.S. powers who reside here illegally to step down and give them back complete control of their sovereign nation's homeland. They have seen some recent progress including the 2011 addition of a seat at the United Nations for the "Hawaiian Kingdom of Atooi" as it is presently known to some Hawaiians. Article and video here: Kingdom of Atooi unification ceremony. And on an international scale, the nation of Hawaii is still a recognized entity with long-standing trade agreements in place between more than one-hundred and seventy nations around the world. (referencing 2:00 minutes into this video clip) As a comparison, the United Nations is made up of one-hundred ninety-three nations.
On June 1st, 2010, on behalf of the Hawaiian people, native Hawaiian and doctor of political science Dr. Keanu Sai filed a law suit against the Obama administration for not upholding the written agreements between the U.S. and the Hawaiian nation. These agreements have been in place since shortly after the U.S. overthrow of 1893, to restore the people of Hawaii back to their Kingdom, and to administer international law in Hawaii. The suit and Dr. Keanu Sai have seen much opposition by U.S. courts proving that those in control of U.S. policy do not want to give up control of Hawaii any more today than they did when they took it over by force in 1893.
Most of what you can find to read or watch about Hawaii's history in mainstream publications including Wikipedia and other online resources is presented from a point of view that completely overlooks many of these hugely significant details, particularly the U.S.'s obvious initiative to overthrow the Hawaiian government unprovoked, and during peacetime. It seems these key details have been swept under the rug so the story is portrayed in a light that supports political and economic agendas that have proven over the past centuries to not be based on values that are in support of the Hawaiian people, but rather in support of military and economic interests of U.S. and certain industrial leaders. These agendas have never been supported by the native people of Hawaii, nor are they to this day. Of the known population of 39,000 Native Hawaiians at the time of the U.S. occupation of their homeland, 21,269 signed a petition opposing the takeover. Most of the remaining who did not sign were likely children. The original document containing the signatures was recently found in Washington D.C. and, after an appeal by the people of The Hawaiian Kingdom it was brought back home to the islands.
Very few know this story, and it is not very well publicized to this day, for obvious reasons. But if you want to be truly informed when you come here we highly recommend taking a few minutes to expose yourself to the authentic history in the preceding links. Much of what you read or find elsewhere, both in local exhibits and online, either overlooks these key details or is simply not true.
The Hawaiian Islands are an archipelago of eight major islands, several atolls, numerous smaller islets, and undersea mountains in the North Pacific Ocean, extending some 1,500 miles (2,400 kilometres) from the island of Hawaiʻi in the south to northernmost Kure Atoll.
(The now U.S. State of) Hawaii occupies the archipelago almost in its entirety, with the sole exception of Midway island, which is instead an unincorporated territory within the United States Minor Outlying Islands.
The Hawaiian Islands are the exposed peaks of a great undersea mountain range known as the Hawaiian-Emperor seamount chain, formed by volcanic activity over a hotspot in the Earth's mantle. The islands are about 1,860 miles (3,000 km) from the nearest continent.
The endemic plant and animal species of the Hawaiian Islands had likely been untouched for thousands of years prior to human arrival. It is believed by some that the only native mammals here were the Hawaiian hoary bat and the Hawaiian monk seal. Human contact likely introduced new trees, plants and animals. These included voracious species such as rats and pigs, who took a heavy toll on native birds and invertebrates that had thrived in the absence of such predators. The growing population also brought deforestation, forest degradation, treeless grasslands, and environmental degradation. As a result, many species which depended on forest habitats and food went extinct.
The arrival of the Europeans had a devastating impact, with the promotion of large-scale single-species export agriculture and livestock grazing. This led to increased clearing of forests, and the development of towns, adding more species to the list of extinct animals of the Hawaiian Islands. This also subsequently killed off between sixty and ninety percent of the human population taking it from estimates between four-hundred thousand and one million, down to just forty thousand over the course of a hundred years or so. Currently, many of the remaining endemic plant species are still considered endangered.
The climate of the Hawaiian Islands is tropical but it experiences many different climates, depending on altitude and weather. The islands receive most rainfall from the trade winds on their north and east flanks (the windward side). Coastal areas in general and especially the south and west flanks or leeward sides, tend to be drier. In general, the lowlands of Hawaiian Islands receive most of their precipitation during the winter months (October to April). Drier conditions generally prevail from May to September. The tropical storms, and occasional hurricanes, tend to occur from July through November.