It’s been a long while since I posted a blog post…but one of my recent classes at the university I attend encourages me to get into the habit of posting on a weekly basis. For this particular post, I’ll be typing up a reaction to a documentary I watched in class called “Act of War: The Overthrow of the Hawaiian Nation”.
Already knowing a little of Hawaiian history, the overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom under the rule of Queen Liliuokalani was the biggest events to take place. The annexation followed the overthrow, which led to Hawaii officially becoming the 50th state of the United States of America. Watching this documentary gave more perspective on the big event and made me have more sympathy on what used to be a very sacred kingdom to the Native Hawaiian people. I can only imagine the pain that Queen Liliuokalani went through, to lose something as big as a whole territory. Hawaii as a state today I think would be different if it weren’t a state. But as far as the way things went to transform Hawaii into a state I think could’ve gone way better than the way it did.
I guess I do feel bad for the Native Hawaiians that they lost their kingdom and had to work hard to export sugar, but in some ways, I do feel glad that Hawaii is indeed a state and part of the free country. But I do have respect for the Hawaiian land and for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) and all involved in the organization to keep parts of the Hawaiian land untouched to preserve its state of being. Especially if it’s a building that stood there for several hundred years, I have great respect for it and what it’s meant for. Watching the documentary about how it all went down brings some perspective though, especially since I walk on part of that historic land known as Fort Street now a public walk-through mall and home to the university I attend. Overall, after watching the documentary, it makes me think back to the days of Queen Liliuokalani and makes me be more respectful of Hawaiian history and what it means.