Quick History of Hawaii | That Was History


Welcome to Hawaii! This collection of islands
in the Pacific Ocean is home to some of the most beautiful, natural scenery you can find.
While it’s easy to get wrapped up in Hawaii’s tropical climate, ocean views, and tourist
attractions, The Aloha State has an incredible history that shouldn’t be overlooked. Join
me, as we take a quick view at the good and the bad that make up this Paradise of the
Pacific. Welcome to That Was History, I’m your host
Cliff Langston. To kick off our quick review of Hawaii, let’s go way back to when the islands
were first settled. The Polynesians are credited with the first human settlements on the Hawaiian
islands, however, it’s tough to know exactly when they arrived. Some records suggest they
showed up around 400 A.D., while others claim it might have been as early as 124 A.D. Or
even as late as the year 1120. Regardless, this is where Hawaii’s native culture comes
from. The Polynesians are a pretty large indigenous people group that inhabit the more than 1,000
islands of Polynesia in the Pacific Ocean. As you can see, Hawaii sits at the tip of
what is known as the Polynesian Triangle. For hundreds of years, the Polynesian people
lived isolated from the rest of the world. During this time, Hawaii was composed of multiple
groups with different Chief leaders. They would develop their own laws, social structure,
and religion, but their way of life would be forever changed after European explorer,
Captain James Cook, made contact with the Hawaiian Islands in January of 1778. Cook
developed a trading relationship with the natives for a short time, which came in handy
while he was searching for the Northwest Passage. Unfortunately, this relationship would come
to an end just over a year later in February of 1779. Due to bad weather, Cook’s crew
was anchored in a bay in order to perform repairs. While there, native Hawaiians stole
one of his longboats. Seeking Revenge, Captain Cook  tried to kidnap the supreme leader
of Hawaii Island. The next day, February 14th, an angry crowd developed that would catch
up with Cook and take his life in response to his actions. Did you happen to catch that
date? James Cook had the unfortunate pleasure of being killed on Valentine’s Day. Tough
break. Approximately 11 years after Cook’s death, the supreme ruler’s nephew, Kamehameha
I, would begin a campaign to unify the islands of Hawaii. If his name reminds you of Dragon
Ball Z, there’s a reason for that. It is said that the Kamehameha finishing attack
from Dragon Ball Z got its name from this Hawaiian King. There is some debate among
Dragon Ball Z fans on whether that was intentional or coincidence, so I’ll let you be the judge.
Getting back on track, 1810 is marked as the official unification year of the islands under
the Kamehameha dynasty. During Kamehameha I’s rule, the legal system of Hawaii was
unified and trade with Europe and the United States of America began. He would only live
until 1819, but his accomplishments are still celebrated to this day. June 11th is Kamehameha
Day which honors him and ancient Hawaiian culture. This holiday was first proclaimed
by his grandson in 1871 and continues to be recognized by the United States. Hawaii’s
next king was Kamehameha II. The main reason I bring him up is because he died only 5 years
into his rule of the islands. He and his wife took a trip to England in 1824 and they both
contracted measles while there, which brings me to my next point. The rise of European
and American immigrants to Hawaii devastated the native population. When Captain Cook first
documented Hawaii, their numbers were around 300,000. By the 1850’s, they were in the
neighborhood of 60,000, and by 1920 only 24,000. This is all too similar to what happened to
the Native American tribes that were displaced in North America, but why did immigrants decide
to come to Hawaii also? Well, two early reasons were curiosity and protestant missionaries,
but the biggest reason of them all was Sugar…. Hey guys… that’s supposed to be sugar, not
pineapples. Yeah. Yeah. You got it? We’re good? Ok, let’s do it from the top. The biggest
reason of them all was sugar! Not only would Sugarcane encourage immigration
to Hawaii, it would also be the driving force behind the natives losing control of their
island. It all started in 1835 when William Hooper of Massachusetts was able to lease
980 acres of Hawaiian land from Kamehameha III in order to grow sugarcane. Give it thirty
years and sugar plantations would be operating on the four largest islands. In today’s
world, this would be considered a jackpot scenario. The Kingdom of Hawaii had land of
value which they could use to bolster their economy by leasing it to plantation owners.
This is all fine and good until those plantation owners, who are from other countries, decide
that they should have a say in Hawaiian politics. They began putting pressure on the king to
provide them “land tenure.” Basically, this means they wanted to completely own the
land they were currently leasing, which was an odd concept to the Hawaiian people who
did not believe in private land ownership. All of this pressure on the king is going
to eventually result in the development of The 1840 Constitution of the Kingdom of Hawaii.
This constitution established a “constitutional monarchy,” and stated that the land belonged
to its people and was to be managed by the king. That doesn’t sound so bad, BUT, it’s
also very important to note that this Constitution created executive, legislative, and judicial
branches of government for Hawaii, which is going to backfire HARD within 10 years. The
legislative branch in particular would now consist of an upper “House of Nobles”
and a lower “House of Representatives.” The House of Nobles was made up of Hawaiian
chiefs, nobles, and royal or wealthy individuals. Members of the lower House of Representatives
were elected by popular vote of the people, but when I say “people” here, I mean everybody;
not just the native Hawaiians. While the 1840 Constitution did allow for more political
involvement from immigrants, it still did not grant private land ownership which obviously
upset some people. Things got so out of hand that there was even a five month period in
1843, known as the Paulet Affair, where the British took over and occupied Hawaii due
to claims that the legal rights of British subjects on the islands were being denied
– A.K.A. disputes over land ownership. In the end, the Kingdom of Hawaii regained its
sovereignty, but not without signing a treaty agreeing to provide British immigrants with
equal representation. It was after the Paulet Affair, that Kamehameha III finally responded
to everyone’s land demands with the Great Māhele on March 7th of 1848. This was the
king’s land redistribution proposal that split Hawaii into thirds. One-third went to
the Hawaiian Monarchy, another third went to chiefs and managers, and the last third
was meant to go to the people. Now remember when I said that the changes of the 1840 Constitution
would backfire? This is how. By 1850, the king’s legislative cabinet was being dominated
by Americans that had been voted into those seats. This allowed for two very important
laws regarding land to be passed that continued to strip Hawaii away from the natives. On
July 10th of 1850, the legislature passed the Alien Land Ownership Act which allowed
foreigners to own title to land in Hawaii. Just under a month later, the Kuleana Act
would be passed on August 6th. This law allowed for commoners to petition for title to land
that they lived on and farmed, but like I’ve mentioned before, the native Hawaiians did
not understand the concept of private land ownership and didn’t see a need to claim
land that they were already living on. They were given two years to make their claims
to land, but sadly most did not. Even worse is the fact that many of those that DID claim
property would end up losing it due to Western disease and property taxes. This means that
with time, foreigners and big corporations would own the majority of the land. Before
Kamehameha III’s death in 1854, the 1852 Constitution of the Kingdom of Hawaii would
be established as a result of the legislative branch calling the first constitution from
1840 into review. This second constitution would continue to add elements of democracy
into the Hawaiian government, by strengthening the House of Representatives for example,
which would further limit the power of the king. Kamehameha IV would feel the effects
of these government changes throughout his rule from 1855 to 1863. While king, his objective
was to push back the amount of influence Americans had in Hawaii. The United States had their
eyes on controlling the islands because they felt it was necessary to protect their west
coast. Talks of annexation had already been in the works prior to Kamehameha IV’s rule.
The king knew that an American takeover would mean the end of the monarchy and of the Hawaiian
people, so he looked to other options. He ended up proposing a reciprocity treaty that
dealt with trade and taxes between Hawaii and the United States. An agreement was never
reached, so the king began a campaign to limit Hawaii’s reliance on American trade. He
worked to strengthen the Hawaiian military and aligned himself more with the United Kingdom.
His wife, Queen Emma, was the granddaughter of the British royal adviser that served Kamehameha
I. She and the king would have a son that they named Prince Albert Edward after Albert
Edward, Prince of Wales, who would later become King Edward VII. Along with all of this, Queen
Victoria even agreed to be Prince Albert’s godmother in 1862. Tragically, the little
Prince would become ill a short time later and died at the age of 4. Kamehameha IV tried
to push through his grief and make trade deals with Britain and other European governments,
but he would die of chronic asthma in 1863 having never completed the deals he had hoped
to obtain for Hawaii. One big thing he did achieve during his reign was improved healthcare
for the people. He originally wanted to pass his healthcare plan through the government,
but the legislature struck it down. So, in typical “stick it to the man” fashion,
Kamehameha IV and Queen Emma appealed to Hawaiian businessmen and residents to fund the plan.
It was a massive success, and the two built Queen’s Hospital. This hospital still operates
in downtown Honolulu as The Queen’s Medical Center. Due to the death of Prince Albert,
the throne was given to Kamehameha IV’s brother, who, as you can probably guess, became
known as Kamehameha V. He would rule until 1872, and fought to bring power back to the
king from day one of his reign. Without hesitation, he said that the Hawaiian Constitution from
1852 would not be upheld. Rather than amending that constitution, he opted to draft a completely
new one. A constitutional convention was held in July of 1864 where delegates were elected
to help formulate this new constitution. The king met some resistance from the delegates
during the convention, so he opted to disband it as well. To achieve his agenda, Kamehameha
V met with his preferred advisers and implemented the 1864 Constitution of the Kingdom of Hawaii
on August 20th, 1864. Some key changes from this constitution include combining the House
of Nobles and the House of Representatives into a single body known as the Legislative
Assembly, abolishing the Prime Minister position that had been in place since the days of Kamehameha
I, and adding a rule for voters born after 1840 that forced them to pass a literacy test
and meet certain property requirements. While King, Kamehameha V also made the traditional
Hawaiian medicine practices, known as Kahunaism, legal again. He also vetoed a bill in 1865
that would have made it legal to sell liquor to native Hawaiians by saying, “I will never
sign the death warrant of my people.” Similar to the previous king, Americans considered
Kamehameha V to be anti-american, while the people of the kingdom considered him to be
the last great traditional chief. Kamehameha V died in December of 1872 without naming
a successor. In accordance with the current constitution, an election was held and the
legislature voted to appoint the late king’s cousin, William Charles Lunalilo as the next
monarch of Hawaii. This made Lunalilo Hawaii’s first elected king. That’s probably the
biggest thing he’s known for, though, because he died from tuberculosis just over a year
after becoming king in February of 1874. Lunalilo had plans to revert a lot of the constitutional
changes that the previous king had made, but obviously didn’t have enough time to see
them through. David Kalākaua was elected as the next ruler of the Hawaiian kingdom
after a bitter competition with Queen Emma, the widow of Kamehameha IV. Many believed
she was the rightful heiress to the throne, but King Lunalilo never made her his official
successor before his death. This sparked the Honolulu Courthouse Riot on Kalākaua’s
election day where supporters of Queen Emma attacked and injured 13 legislators who supported
Kalākaua. American and British military forces that were docked in Hawaii had to get involved
to stop the riot. Despite his initial unpopularity, the king was able to get the United States
to agree to what is now known as the Reciprocity Treaty of 1875. This treaty removed import
taxes on certain goods coming from Hawaii into the United States. The most important
of which was Sugar. In return, Hawaii could not tax American-produced goods coming into
the kingdom, and they were also not allowed to develop any similar treaties with other
nations. To the king this sounded like a pretty fair agreement given the fact that many people
felt that the United States would require that Hawaiian land be included as part of
the treaty. The initial term of the treaty was 7 years, and the kingdom’s economy BOOMED
as a result, BUT, there are always strings attached if you haven’t picked up on that
already. More Americans are going to come to Hawaii to develop sugar plantations, and
they’re going to bring their business agendas with them. Not to mention, 7 years is plenty
of time for anyone, natives included, to get comfortable with any benefits that they received
as a result. Obviously, everyone who ended up profiting off of this treaty wanted it
to continue past the original 7 year term. Due to this, the king sought an extension
in 1884. At this point, the United States has the Kingdom of Hawaii over a barrel, as
they say. I can only describe this next part as a very genius business move by US President
Chester A. Arthur. You see, the year before this treaty would expire, the United States
passed the Tariff Act of 1883 which would lower sugar tariffs on imports from ALL nations,
thereby diminishing Hawaii’s import advantage. After this, the US informed the Kingdom of
Hawaii that they would have to give up the area of what is now Pearl Harbor in order
to extend their Reciprocity Treaty. The king only had two options from there. He would
either have to give up land and upset the native Hawaiians in order to maintain his
current relationship with the US, or hope for the best by letting the treaty expire
so that he could approach other nations with a similar deal. On December 6th of 1884, King
Kalākaua came to an agreement with the United States and gave up Pearl Harbor. I can understand
why this was a tough decision for the king to make. If you look at strictly the numbers,
the value of Hawaii’s exported goods grew by 722% from 1874 to 1890. Although the king
brought wealth to the kingdom, he was also involved in some shady practices, like accepting
bribes and misusing appropriated funds, that would bring about the Rebellion of 1887. A
group of mostly non-Hawaiians planned to overthrow the government. They aligned themselves with the Honolulu Rifles, a volunteer military
company made up of exclusively Caucasian citizens of the Kingdom. The two groups used the threat
of force to convince the king to sign a new constitution that they had written. It became
known as the “Bayonet Constitution” and resulted in the king losing a great deal of
his power, and his cabinet was replaced with men who supported the rebellion. This new
constitution also placed higher income requirements on the right to vote, which ended up preventing
roughly two-thirds of the Hawaiian population from being able to vote. Essentially, the
only people who were still eligible were the rich that made their money off of the sugar
industry. Although the king still held his position, I consider this to be the official
moment when Hawaii was taken from the natives. About one year after the Rebellion of 1887,
native Hawaiian, Robert William Wilcox, tried to lead a rebellion of his own in order to
revert the changes made by the Bayonet Constitution. Unfortunately his plot was discovered just
48 hours before its implementation. This event is known as the Wilcox Rebellion of 1888.
Another final blow to King Kalākaua’s reign would be the Tariff Act of 1890, also known
as the McKinley Tariff. This law by the United States sent import taxes through the roof
for many goods, but oddly, it completely eliminated import taxes on sugar, which would destroy
Hawaii’s advantage even worse than before and would cripple the Kingdom’s economy
in the years to come. The King died less than 4 months later on January 20th of 1891 while
on a trip to California. His sister, Queen Lili’uokalani would become the first and
only Queen of the Hawaiian Kingdom on January 29th. During her short reign, she tried to
alleviate the Kingdom’s economic crisis by proposing a lottery bill and an opium licensing
bill. Neither of these were well received by her supporters or opponents in government.
The queen also tried to replace the Bayonet Constitution. Her new constitution would have
restored power to the monarchy and returned voting rights to all of those that had been
disenfranchised by current laws. Although the Queen had gained the support of the majority
of registered voters, her cabinet and close friends would not publicly support her proposed
constitution out of fear of backlash. Their fears became reality when a group known as
The Committee of Safety began a movement to overthrow the queen and the kingdom on January
17th of 1893. The Honolulu Rifles were once again used as a threat of force to get the
Queen to cooperate. U.S. Government Minister, John L. Stevens, was also able to get the
USS Boston to provide 162 armed sailors and marines to help protect American lives and
property in Hawaii. Their presence intimidated the Queen’s supporters enough that she was
placed under house arrest without bloodshed. A provisional government was implemented that
placed Sanford B. Dole in charge. And, yes, Pineapples are appropriate this time because
Sanford Dole was the first cousin once removed to James Dole, who founded the Dole Food Company.
I think it’s important to clarify that James Dole and the Dole Food Company had nothing
to do with the overthrow of Hawaii. James didn’t move to Hawaii until 1899. I’d
be willing to bet that being related to the man in charge probably DID help James acquire
his initial plot of land on the island of Oahu though. Sanford Dole would officially
become President after the provisional government he led transitioned into the Republic of
Hawaii on July 4th, 1894. In January of the following year, Robert Wilcox tried his hand
at a second rebellion with the help of Samuel Nowlein. Known as the 1895 Wilcox Rebellion,
this was a last attempt to re-establish the Kingdom of Hawaii, but it ended in failure.
In her final act as Queen, Lili’uokalani negotiated the release of her supporters from
the rebellion in exchange for the official abdication of her throne. She signed the document
of abdication on January 24th of 1895. The Republic of Hawaii’s ultimate goal was to
be annexed by the United States. It would take William McKinley becoming President of
the United States in 1897 for this to happen. The Spanish-American War had begun and the
U.S. felt that control of Pearl Harbor was crucial. This led to President McKinley signing
the Newlands Resolution on July 7th, 1898 that created the territory of Hawaii. Not
surprisingly, Sanford Dole was named as the Territorial Governor. During Hawaii’s time
as a U.S. Territory, the sugarcane plantations continued to grow. So much so, that a group
of corporations in Hawaii that processed sugar cane became known as “The Big Five.” These
corporations wielded a huge amount of political power, became multimillionaires, and ended
up controlling 90% of Hawaii’s sugar business. While the Big Five were focused on sugar,
James Dole marched his way towards becoming The Pineapple King. In the 1930s, the territory
of Hawaii would become known as the Pineapple Capital of the World. We’re now approaching
a part of Hawaii’s history that is almost impossible to forget. On December 7th of 1941,
the Empire of Japan lead a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. By the time the attack was
over roughly 2,400 servicemen and women, and civilians were dead. President Franklin D.
Roosevelt proclaimed it as, “a date which will live in infamy.” The very next day,
the United States entered World War II and fought as part of the Allied Powers. For the
majority of the war, Hawaii was governed under the rules of Martial Law. The military governor
controlled almost every part of Hawaiian life by fingerprinting everyone over the age of
6, rationing gasoline and food, censoring the news and mail, and implementing blackouts
and curfews among other things. Martial Law would not be suspended on the islands until
October of 1944, about 11 months prior to the complete end of World War II. The decade
following the war is really the time period where Hawaii started transforming into what
we know it as today. There were a series of strikes among plantation workers in the sugar
and pineapple industries throughout the second half of the 1940’s that helped unionization
spread in Hawaii. Along with this, the Democratic Party of Hawaii won the 1954 Territorial Elections
which brought an abrupt end to the Big Five corporations and the Hawaiian Republican Party’s
control. The Democratic Party lobbied for statehood and gained the support of 93% of
registered voters in the territory. On March 18th of 1959, President Dwight D. Eisenhower
signed the Hawaii Admission Act, and Hawaii officially became the 50th US State on August
21st. It should come as no surprise that many Native Hawaiians felt that the United States
stole Hawaii from them. This eventually resulted in Congress passing a joint resolution nicknamed
the “Apology Resolution” that was signed by President Bill Clinton on November 23rd
of 1993. The resolution, “acknowledges that the overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawaii occurred
with the active participation of agents and citizens of the United States and further
acknowledges that the Native Hawaiian people never directly relinquished to the United
States their claims to their inherent sovereignty as a people over their national lands, either
through the Kingdom of Hawaii or through a plebiscite or referendum.” A campaign known
as the Hawaii Sovereignty Movement continues to this day that seeks to regain sovereignty
for Native Hawaiians. Will Hawaii ever become an independent country again? I’m not convinced
that it will, but I definitely understand the Native Hawaiian’s argument for why it
should be. Now that we’ve discussed the history, how does Hawaii’s progression from
secluded island to US state make you feel? Leave me a comment, and let’s discuss the
pros and cons in the comments section below. If you enjoyed this video, I encourage you
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  • Hawaii has a very interesting history with lots of twists and turns. What do you think about it? Should Hawaii remain a state within the United States of America?

    Also, what state should we cover next?

  • I really appreciate the straightforward and honest tenor of your presentation.

  • This is less the history of Hawaii and more the history of white people in Hawaii

  • hawaii is hawaii and she belongs too hawaii

  • hawaii is hawaii and she belongs too hawaii

  • I love your video you are amazing.Keep it up!

  • Its correct pronunciation is hahvahii.

  • Wow! Pineapples were much bigger back then. What happened?

  • Please research james blunt

  • kemehameha seems like a british puppet to me.

  • sounds like FRAUD!

  • I've lived in Hawai'i for 5 years, and I never knew that there was more history about Hawai'i than this.

  • Lived in Hawaii all my 55 years great info family dates back to the battle of nuuanu

  • How would you feel if i came to your home and told you that you no longer own it. It is now mine and that you need to move out. You wouldn't like it would you and that is how we feel. Theft is illegal in American law and culture, why is it okay to steal our lands? You are made to pay for or return according to American laws the property you stole, why then America is not okay with returning or making restitution for what they stole does not that same law apply to America and its people who stole. Hawaii is a Nation and should be allowed to be a Nation without America

  • Can you cover the history of South Dakota??

  • I hope I live to see the day that Hawai’i gets their independence as a native Hawaiian learning of my history is a bummer and that they illegally overthrew our monarchy I also despise the disrespectful white tourist and the ignorant people that have been leaving stickers around Hawai’i recently

  • I really like your approach to making videos. Well done!

  • Forget about Hawaii, let us focus on Crimea stolen by Russia.

  • The caucasion race has kind of operated like a plague across the globe for the past 400 years. The Hawaiian history is typical. Caucasions start moving in, diseases kills many indigenous people, begin using native land, rape and/or enslave the indigenous population then take over completely by force. And before anyone starts, I'm caucasion and if yiu want to start with the might makes right argument don't complain the next time your family gets robbed or killed-might makes right, right?

  • A short history of hawaii
    Translation:A very long history of Hawaii

  • This the kind of crap people do insisting they live better lives then others. Good video but the world should leave it all in the past and stop being greedy #everybodyspoor

  • BTW Kamehameha the fifth died on his birthday

  • Hawaii for the Hawaiians!!! Support from Sweden.

  • Some pronunciation problems but overall, much good information on the tumultuous history of 1778 forwards.

    Citations of image sources would be a professional courtesy to the institutions and individuals they came from (hint, hint).

  • Stolen…..lies, tricks, bullshit! Bottom line greedy back stabbing dirty people

  • It sounds like the kings were attacked with measles and tuberculosis . If they did not do what they were told. Sounds fishy too me.

  • Our people were f*** over and continue to be… :/ </3 my heart breaks. .

  • im a huge dragon ball fan

  • as much as I feel for the people of Hawaii and understand why they feel they deserve sovereignty, in today's world I would be scared that if they left the U.S. they would be overthrown by some other nation. the same argument is used when Texans claim they want to leave. they know that immediately Mexico would attempt to take that land. HI has never had a large military or been known for forging empires; as a people they were masters of agricultural innovation and unfortunately a lot of places try to take advantage of that. But surely anyone can appreciate how even though they are part of the United States, the Hawaiians strive to keep their unique culture and traditions? I once spoke with a Hawaiian man who said he didn't consider himself a U.S. citizen. and even today it is unlawful to own any beach property on Hawaii…not even the huge hotels in Honolulu can.

  • 1788 – locals steal a longboat from captain cook. Some things never change.

  • Many people loathe poor immigrants, but rich immigrants can really fuck shit up.

  • #FreeHawaii
    #FreePalestine
    #FreeKashmir
    #FreeWesternSahara

  • So you asked a simple question, Should Hawaii remain a State within the United States of America? Here's the simple answer. Show the Treaty that Hawaii is part of America. It's as if Hawaiis been kidnapped and is being treated as if it's adopted. If adopted show the adoption papers. A Treaty (documentation) is the evidence that a Cession (meeting) took place between two Sovereign States (Hawaiian Kingdom and United States) and that one State (Hawaii) will Cede (give up power) to The U.S.. You will find No Treaty at all. Only a Joint Resolution of Annexation, which is U.S. Congressional Law that has no force and effect beyond the U.S.A.
    1843, 28th November The Hawaiian Kingdom is recognized an Independent and Sovereign State, via Anglo-French Proclamation. 8 months later America also recognized Hawaiis Independence.
    1893 an illegal invasion in the Hawaiian Kingdom by treasonous Insurgents and the U.S. Ambassador and U.S. Military. President Cleveland calls it an "Act of War" on a friendly Nation.
    1898 Spanish-American War, America occupies Hawaii to fight the Spanish in Guam and the Phillipines, wins the war but failed to deoccupy Hawaii. Instead they create a Republic of Hawaii with the treasonous Insurgents (Dole) changed the name to the Territory of Hawaii.
    1900 Due to the Occupation of America in the Hawaiian Kingdom, America starts to open the floodgates for U.S. citizens to migrate to Hawaii.
    1959 Statehood, 50th State. U.S. Congress created a ballot for the people of Hawaii to vote to be part of the Union. The people that voted for Statehood was already U.S. citizens that made Hawaii their home since the 1900s.

  • your cook history is hella wrong bruv

  • Great video. Really appreciate all your information

  • https://youtu.be/EIOh5KMqXfA This is a good video for info on some history.

  • why don't you quit being a colonialist

  • Be glad ur not like the last ppl the US took the main land from the government put out a reward for 5 cents for any Indian scalps for over 150 years n wiped out what was left of the Indians so yea it sucks but at least ur ppl is alive I hate the US but ppl have fought for land since start of time

  • Aloha, I enjoyed your brief video, however, I feel it needed to express a few major details you omitted within your presentation. Firstly, Captain Cook and his men first landed on Oahu, where both my great great grandparents lived. They both contracted LEPROSY , and this disease spread to all of Ohau and all of the Hawaiian islands, as Captain Cook and his crew, carried the disease, yet had immunity to it, while the isolated Hawaiian population, did not. The Hawaiian Royal Family created, with the assistance of the Roman Catholic Church, a LEPER COLONY, on the island of Molokai , where both my great great grandparents died, as well as all those quarantined there, by the exposure to Captain Cook and his sailors.

    Secondly, the Hawaiian islands were, "Annexed", by both wealthy foreign plantation owners, as well as wealthy protestant missionaries, which , as you eluded to, actually began to hold the majority control of both houses of the Hawaiian Congress. They then passed a law that prevented anyone that did not own a large amount of acreage land, which most Native Hawaiians owned one acre or less, thus forcing them to be unable to vote, as that is the law they passed, where only those owning large amounts of land were entitled to vote. This made it the law of Hawaii, that the majority of Native Hawaiians could no longer even VOTE , in their own country. That is how both Annexation, Territory of the U.S., and U.S. Statehood actually came about.

    Lastly, the reason wealthy Americans wanted Hawaii, was , indeed for sugar cane, and sugar, however, this was due to the war that was happening at that time, in the Philippines, between the U.S. and Spain. The U.S. military wanted to have Pearl Harbor, and have a naval base there , to project military power to both the war against Spain, as well as within the South Pacific. But what do I know, as a fourth generation military veteran, born on the fourth of July, right? Aloha Nui Loa, for your video and information, and I do hope my comment helps you, and your viewers understand a bit more of Hawaiian history.

    I also know that the U.S. government imprisoned , under house arrest, the last King, Queen, and Princess, of Hawaii, and threatened them with U.S. Marines and a Battle Ship, anchored in Pearl Harbor, if any of them left the Royal Palace, with death and the destruction of the palace. Rather than fight 100K U.S. Marines, with only 40K Hawaiian Royal Guards, the last Queen stood down and allowed Annexation and Statehood to occur after failing to convince the U.S. President to not allow those actions by the U.S. government and the usurped Hawaiian government, to take place.

    Again, thank you for your video, and perhaps more people will look into Hawaii, in a more realistic light, instead of simply looking at it as just a nice place to go vacation, while the water supply of the Hawaiian islands is wasted away by every flushed toilet in every luxury hotel room on all of Hawaii's major islands. There is not any Aloha left in the land, nor most of the people in Hawaii, as it is mostly extinct, just like the once proud Hawaiian Natives, gone the same way as the once proud Native American tribes of North America."Ah, but ain't that America, for you and me? Ain't that America, home of the free? Little Pink Houses for you and Me, Yeah?" -John Cougar Mellencamp? Aloha Nui Loa. Mahalo Nui Loa.

  • LIKE your dissecting method on the history of ….
    The sandwich Isle transition
    to Statehood …

  • Please provide link on info of the transfer of Pearl Harbor to America.

  • They never stole a long boat why would they steal a long boat when they had boats already. Get your facts straight how do you think we found the islands swim? Cook had unfortunate timing and was mistaken for the God Lono and was killed because they thought he was a reincarnation. Cook went back to his ships gathered his men and tried to retaliate. Which led to war were cook was killed with gun and sword in hand look it up bro. I am truly offended by your wrong information Cook should of been killed before he even stepped foot on the islands because all his sickness and disease killed off most of our people and he also took people as slaves too. So he got what he deserved.(shark teeth battle club to his head) I guess the Christian's call us Heathens because we worship the old gods or I do anyways( Ke Akua, Lono, Pele etc.)

  • It's stupid to think it would be a good thing for them to be independent. In no time at all the next aggressive country would come in there and fuck them over so hard they would regret it forever. Natives anywhere will not be getting "their" land back ever. Native peoples of the world just have to accept this and they can either bitch about it their whole lives for nothing, or just try to get by like the rest of us. Natives around the world lost independence because they don't have the resources to defend themselves from war or business interests. Just a fact. For the people who say that Natives want to live the old way, that is just as stupid for obvious reasons. Its a small world now and no country is going to just give away territory out of guilt to the natives. Deal with it.

  • King Lunalilo actually drank himself to death.

  • The bottom line is that the kingdom did not talk to "The People" and get their support. Hawaii 0, USA 1.

  • Where are you from, bro? Your accent sounds familiar.

  • Are u trying to get waves

  • British people was a disease

  • I really hope to live to see Hawaii as an independent nation .The natives of the land regaining control over their land and throwing out the stupid colonial racists Americans even though I am not Hawaiian I can still relate to this some times I just weep for Hawaii .long live Hawaii, long live the culture ,long live the natives .It s is easy for Americans to disregard it as the past or say that if they didnt occupy Hawaii someone else would but the truth is American had occupied Hawaii illegally

  • This was so helpful!
    Thank you.

  • The history is complicated, but the solution seems fairly straight forward – 2/3rds majority vote to stay or go by anyone who is a legal citizen of Hawaii. It won't change anything for the time being, IMO. Either way, I love you Hawaii, and am totally enchanted.

  • This was a good overview of what happened and I appreciate the work you put into it. Yes, there is so much more to the story as mentioned by my other comments. My comments are done in hopes of preserving the entire truth. Why do Hawaiians feel this way? It is so recent to us. My maternal grandfather was discriminated against because he spoke Hawaiian on the playground as a third grader which was illegal to do in schools. He was playing ball and in his excitement made an exclamation in Hawaiian. He was expelled for that and had no other opportunity for schooling. He began to earn his living at that age. That is a deep hurt in his grandchildren that is still too fresh. Other Hawaiians also have deep hurts that feel as fresh as yesterday.

  • Well done, sir.

  • wow.

    No Treaty of Annexation

  • You should have heard the "boos" at the mention of James Cook and Sanford B Dole and the cheers at the mention of Robert Wilcox- and others Hawaiian Monarchs who tried to right the wrongs.
    Your story is pretty accurate, according to the history books. Mahalo!

  • Hawaii sucks

  • Oh come on. It wasn't "stolen," the majority of people simply wanted democracy. At every point (except those bayonet douche bags), the only ones fighting to keep the unelected king's vast power were the nobility. Democracy saved Hawaii from bloody domination by the Empire of Japan, almost certainly, and the sugar barons are gone. The racist Hawaiian people are just gonna have to live alongside people of other races, respect their right to own land, and endure their individual freedoms guaranteed them by all that awful representative democracy imposed on them.

    The days of monarchs with nearly unlimited power are, thankfully, over. Thank you America!

  • please if youre gonna speak on HISTORY,
    come with ALL the FACTS!!

  • hmmmm not a hawaiian historian thats fishy man, hawaiiiiiii, its Hawai'i (Hava eee) SMFH

  • You make me proud to be hawaiian ko'u āina

  • https://youtu.be/RWgfKfgntHs

  • Thank U for your video. I view u video several times more & take notes. A very informative video about Hawaii.

  • B.s. Russians, Vikings, Asians were visiting and pillaging the islands long before cook showed up. I love how freedom is the victim.

  • Who the f*** is this white boy this how Lee to learn our history bom-bo-clat get the f*** out of there

  • Wait b** you telling me that we started the fight we stole the book about b** you came with diseases and all kinds of s*** get the f*** out of you pirate f**** b****

  • James Cook in a f**** Europeans b****

  • B** got you on your lie it wasn't about sugar or pineapple a**** it was about the military base… Don't get it twisted you m********** white boy

  • People don't listen to this trash these dudes trash

  • You should really watch some videos and read dr. Keanu Sai's work. On why we are not called indigenous people and some of your historical views and information you put out.

  • Pretty good, but you left out A Lot of information. The Hawaiian Government was taken over (illegally), not the Hawaiian Kingdom. The United States wanted a Treaty to completely take over Hawaii, however, that Treaty was NEVER agreed upon by the Hawaiian Kingdom or the Hawaiian People. The Hawaiian Kingdom has, is and will ALWAYS be in effect. With that said, Hawaii has always been a Sovereign Nation. Legally, Hawaii NEVER gave up it’s Independence. The Hawaiian Kingdom is alive and well.

  • I should say, The Hawaiian Kingdom is alive, but not well. Kanaka Moli’s are standing strong today. We will see what develops in the days to come.

  • Sugercaine

  • Hawaii was illegally annexed! Do your research. Hawaii is not part of the United States, our kingdom was overthrown.

  • Next target, Greenland.

  • HAWAIIAN LANDS HAWAIIAN HANDS

  • White America history of Hawaii.

  • First off we are not a state we was taken but Force and guess why do to the UN rule on the occasion act USA laws can't be in the Hawaiian kingdom so all of that laws that you just said that took place is a war crime

  • I feel America ripped Hawaiian off their heritage and inheritance of the Hawaiian Kingdom.

  • Ehhh…who cares. You won't find too many pure Hawaiians. Most of them are mixed. And keep dreaming because Hawaii will always be owned by America.

  • What Iraq did to Kuwait when the invaded and overthrew Kuwait government then claim it now belonging to Iraq, is the same thing the U.S did to the Hawaiian Kingdom. And guess who was the first to point out Iraq's violation of international laws and attacked militarily? Yep the hypercrit U.S. The Hawaiian kingdom was never legally annexed for there was no treaty signed by the Hawaiian kingdom because the U.S overthrew the Hawaiian kingdoms government.

  • I'm wasting my time screening this video, there are a lot of facts but also a lot wrong. I don't know why Hawaiians would need to steal a Long boat from Captain Cook when they made a bunch of boats and they can make anytime they want, there was also great trading relationship between Captain Cook in the Hawaiians. A lot of word misinterpretations. I appreciate your effort in trying to reveal a good history butts you need to try a little harder and maybe read a Hawaiian textbook and really research treaties newspapers, talk to some people. it sounds like a Wikipedia on here. you got people wondering if it should or shouldn't be a state when it's not a state it's never been a state it's a lie it's illegal it's understood by the NEA, permanent Court of arbitration, Italy, even America. The American government would neveradmit to occupation because that would be admitting to all the illegal things that have occurred since 1893 on maybe even a little before 1893. they're not willing to say that it is part of the United States nor are they willing to say that it is not part of the United States because if they say that it is part of the United States than they have to prove that it is part of the United States to the permit of court of arbitration and the American people the Hawaiian people and the rest of the world.
    There is no annexation papers from Hawaii to u.s.

    if you were make another video with a bunch of different corrections from this video I would gladly watch that one.

  • Aloha Hawaii will never be a state within the United States. The Hawaiian Kingdom still exists. We will Onipa'a stand firm until the United States leaves our island as they are here illegally. Ahui ho

  • Kamehameha I overthrew the individual Kingdoms of Maui and Kauai. And violently overthrew the Kingdom of Oahu and people say he "united" us? He did virtually the same thing the U.S. did to Hawaii but now its the Hawaiians that are bitching. It will never be 1893 again, come join us in the 21st century.

  • Interesting that you stopped so soon, love the video.
    I commend you for the hard work.
    I would like to see you go past Queen Liliuokalani and her family where are the royals today of
    THE KINGDOM OF HAWAI'I

    The KINGDOM of Hawai'I has never been part of the United States, totally separate continent one is north America and the other is Oceania.
    Mahalo
    HRH PRINCESS TIFFANY
    KINGDOM OF MAUI, HAWAI'I , OCEANIA

  • I thought about it and yes, Hawaii should remain in the Union if for no other reason than to prevent the beginning of world war III. Every country from Japan to Russia owns land in Hawaii now. So if Hawaii tries to withdraw from the United States these foreign countries would not hesitate to take military action to protect it's property much like what occurred when the US sent Marines to protect its sugar plantations. And that does not even take into consideration what the new players would do. You just know North Korea would love to get its hands on Pearl Harbor. Forget about shooting a missile on Hawaii, Kim could just nuke the US from Honolulu!! And there is no way the USA could sit idolly by and let that happen. All hell would break lose. So yes for the sake of man kind and world stability Hawaii must remain a State! The brothers of the Kingdom, (or whatever they call themselves) can march and seek reparations. But never succession.

  • Hawaii is the halfway point between Asia and North America. It’s a strategic location. If the United States didn’t have Hawaii, China or Russia would.

  • There were 20,000 native Hawaiians in 1920, there are 1.4 million people living in Hawaii now, how many are native Hawaiians now? They are in a vast minority, and have no claim to anything

  • This is not a comment for the person that made this video. This is a comment for a particular person who wants to manipulate a conversation with me about this video topic.
    I love how people always have to be right, have the last word yet know nothing about a topic they are desperately trying to comment on and be right about. It is also amazing how these people will take what you are commenting on and twist every word. Instead of wasting people’s time trying to manipulate a conversation to their own satisfaction, they should do something good for themselves and educate themselves on the subject at hand.

  • That Resolution has no power outside of it's boundaries. The occupation is coming to an end!

  • Excellent brief history. Imagine had the USA not been involved. Japan would now rule these islands. All powerful nations had a strategic interest in Hawai'i due to it's mid-point in the Pacific ocean. Hawaiians were no match for foreign nations with greater technological superiority. 

    Women were afterthoughts in Hawaiian culture. King Kamehameha V first restricted the VOTE to males who could read and had wealth. There was NO interest in involving females in policies. Women need to remember this. Elected King Kalakaua was considered corrupt for taking bribes and lavishing his own pockets. Kings and queens are no substitute for democratic processes.

    Hawaiians needed the world, and there was a cost of becoming a modern player in global affairs. Hawaiians required both the protection of a stronger power and cash that came from increased trading alliances. By 1900, there were only left an estimated 30,000 Kanaka (native Hawaiian). Disease and germs from outsiders had ravished the native population. It took missionaries to create the FIRST written alphabet and start Hawaiians on a path to better health. Joining the USA was a "tough pill" for many — but SAVED the Hawaiian Culture.

    Without the USA, Japan would rule these islands. Hawaiian males would be slaves in fields, while Hawaiian woman would be sex slaves, as the Japanese did Korean women. Thank you, USA! You gave Hawaiians the BEST offer for freedom and opportunity in the world.

  • Give back what was stolen, Hawaiian Lands to Hawaiian Hands.

  • 👏👏👏WOW! What book did you read?
    The Mana'o and Pala'pala has the real stories. If you could translate the Kanaka newspapers from back in the late 1800 and early 1900, you probably wont have done this video, you giving the "Americanized" Version that's everywhere, like schools and libraries. Us, Kanaka and Kama'aina, were just modern day slaves and footmats for the RICH. Hit me up for more Mana'o! Redo this video

  • Totally agree with the native Hawaiians as it was fucked up (I think that short phrase is accurate) how the U.S. got it to be a state. But, at the same time, there is concern, in my mind, that if a new government should form, what would happen? What about the millions who own homes here and the economy? By the way, great job with the online history lesson🌈😃🤙

  • Keep Hawaiian lands in Hawaiian hands!!!

  • KU KIA’I MAUNA

  • Foreigners have murdered Hawaiians, they plaqued these islands of death and diseases, what your explaining is the white mans version of Hawaii’s history. So typical! Anyways don’t leave out the murder, the torchering, the theft, rape, the sicknesses and every other criminal event that lead up to the Kings and queen giving up there kingdom, like all vents in the past kingdoms have been taken by force not given by will, it takes full violent force to take a kingdom, how bout telling the part the Americans put a gun to the queens head or locked her in her own palace, or about feeding the king alcohol till his death, or even the rape from Americans soldiers to the women and children! American stole as they are still stealing lands they fucked the native Indians over and they will keep fucking us over as well, America did both but bring war into these islands, the Japanese only hit Pearl Harbor and military spots, they did not hit any Hawaiian towns or people’s, it a joke that Hawaii became a state through the votes of rich people, I think you forgot to say the percentage of Hawaiian that actually had a right to vote over foreigners or the Hawaiians votes that where ripped and thrown away during that time, please don’t sugar coat the history of Hawaii cause since americans Hawaii has change for the worse, it’s funny how American people come here and complain about prices and expenses on how expensive it is kinda sounds like the dole era when American businesses and land owners complained about leasing land and prices and how the foreigner people complained about everything else,

  • My grandfather was the hanai son of Honolulu mayor Johnny Wilson. Johnny was part Hawaiian himself and fought (sometimes quite literally) for the rights of the Hawaiian people. (He even stockpiled weapons at Lahaina with a view toward overthrowing the Americans!) Wish I could have met him.

  • Thank you. History is messy, and complicated, and someone always gets shafted.

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