Williams, Ronald Jr.

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Ronald Williams Jr. PhD
Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies
Hawaiʻinuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge
University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Honolulu, HI 9682


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    An Animate Archive: New Voices Join the Chorus
    (Hawaiian Historical Society, 2017-11) Williams, Ronald Jr.
    A brief "Notes and Queries" publication highlighting a recent gift of historical documents on Hawaiian history
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    Race, Power, and the Dilemma of Democracy: Hawaiʻi's First Territorial Legislature, 1901
    (Hawaiian Historical Society, 2015-10-01) Williams, Ronald Jr.
    The formation of a territorial legislature in Hawaiʻi marked a critical transition from the preceding seven years of oligarchic rule—1893-1900. Political union with the United States threatened the currently nascent hegemony of the ascendant minority white community in the Islands. In response, white leaders sought to craft a race-centric narrative that posited native incompetence as an answer to why democracy should not prevail in an American territory. An examination and analysis of the 1901Territorial Legislature in Hawai‘i, through both native and English-language sources, provides a revealing look at the employment of race as a political tool used to denigrate native leadership and argue against democracy during this crucial struggle for political control of America’s newest territory.
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    Waterman: The Life and Times of Duke Kahanamoku [Review]
    (Hawaiian Historical Society, 2016-11-01) Williams, Ronald Jr.
    A review of the 2015 publication, "Waterman: The Life and Times of Duke Kahanamoku" by David Davis. "Hawaiian Journal of History" v50 [2016]
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    Missionaries in Hawaiʻi: The Lives of Peter and Fanny Gulick (review)
    (Catholic Historical Review, 2013-04-01) Williams, Ronald Jr.
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    To Raise a Voice in Praise: The Revivalist Mission of John Henry Wise, 1889 - 1896
    (Hawaiian Journal of History, 2012-12) Williams, Ronald Jr.
    This essay examines the determined revivalist efforts by officers of the Hawaiian Evangelical Association (HEA) at the close of the 19th century to blunt a severe and ongoing loss of Native membership within the Protestant churches of the former American Mission. Specifically, it highlights the administrative board’s drafting of a young Native Hawaiian named John Henry Wise to lead this evangelical operation, his training in the United States, and the dramatic outcome that followed his return, in 1893, to native soil. It contests previous representations of submissive, “missionized,” Native Hawaiian Christians by highlighting Native action and agency while also positing the Wise example as representative of a broader struggle that was enveloping the Native churches of the HEA.
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    "Aole Hoohui ia Hawaii": U.S. Collegiate Teams Debate Annexation of Hawai'i and Independence Prevails, 1893 to 1897
    (Hawaiian Historical Society, 2009) Williams, Ronald Jr.
    Research for this article revealed that towards the end of the 19th century, eight of the most prominent universities and colleges across the United States held debates over whether or not the nation should annex the Hawaiian Islands. In all of the contests, those who presented arguments against annexation were victorious. This article examines the debates as displaced voice. A look at the arguments presented in these collegiate forums works to confront the hegemonic, master narrative that sought to create a harmonious and controlled history. This congruent view of an unproblematic union between these two distinct nations was achieved by displacing forms of resistance to annexation on both Kanaka Maoli and American sides of the discussion. While not a Native voice, the academic arguments made in these collegiate debates are part of the totality of resistance 27to annexation that would later be displaced in order to naturalize the idea of Hawai'i as an American place.
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    ʻIke Mōakaaka, Seeing a Path Forward: Historiography in Hawaiʻi
    (Kamehameha Schools, 2011) Williams, Ronald Jr.
    The creation of a hegemonic, master narrative for Hawaiʻi - sourced almost solely from English-language materials - has long offered a highly exclusive characterization of past events and figures in Hawaiian history. Elements within this dominant narrative not only shape understandings of specific individuals and actions but also work together to construct a general understanding of a people and their nation. This article advances analysis of a political biography, set in a crucial period of Hawaiian history, to highlight a historical process that continues to inform paradigmatic yet problematic histories. It calls for a decided and comprehensive move to a more inclusive historical process that offers a more complex, rich picture of Hawaiʻi