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Ka Poʻe Alona ʻĀina 1894 He Moʻolelo Hoʻonaue Puʻuwai: Hawaiian Defiance A Year After The Overthrow

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Title:Ka Poʻe Alona ʻĀina 1894 He Moʻolelo Hoʻonaue Puʻuwai: Hawaiian Defiance A Year After The Overthrow
Authors:Manoa, Keanupohina Poliʻahu
Contributors:Beamer, Kamanamaikalani (advisor)
Hawaiian Studies (department)
Hawaiian People
Illegal Overthrow
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Provisional Government
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Date Issued:2019
Publisher:University of Hawai'i at Manoa
There were different and opposing national identities claiming to represent Hawaiʻi in 1894. A year after the illegal overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom, the same insurgents now calling themselves the Provisional Government of Hawaiʻi (PG) were putting on a one-year anniversary celebration. Depending on the newspapers and other records from the day, completely different stories could be told on this same event. The PG attempted to spread political myth as fact, to legitimize their cause, and give them the appearance of embodying American values. Opposing English language newspapers however, were able to unravel many of these political myths, thus delegitimizing the PG and highlighting President Cleveland’s rejection of annexation. Meanwhile, Hawaiian language writers, first demonstrating an intimate and expert knowledge of Hawaiʻi’s situation, then published and used this knowledge to express themselves and find answers in a very Hawaiian way – through the use of metaphor and kaona - to further delegitimize the PG. Because these writings were published and kept, these writers simultaneously preserved Hawaiian thought and action from this turbulent time for Hawaiians today. These stories can act as an example of Hawaiian identity and Hawaiian Nationalism in a time of great political change, thereby perhaps showing one way to move forward in today’s politically changing environment.
Description:M.A. Thesis. Ph.D. Thesis. University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa 2019
Pages/Duration:73 pages
Rights:All UHM dissertations and theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission from the copyright owner.
Appears in Collections: M.A. - Hawaiian Studies

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