Masters Thesis

Hawai‛i rising: history, perspectives and resistance to American imperialism

The hunger for the restoration of the Hawaiian Kingdom has been a widespread interest amongst the Native Hawaiians since the overthrow of the monarchy by an oligarchy of American plantation owners residing in the kingdom. For sovereignty activists, the United States is regarded as an occupier by force. Not much is known about Hawai‛i’s history since it has been suppressed by colonialists. The arrival of American missionaries and the illegal occupation of the United States prompted a loss of Native Hawaiian history, culture, civic rights, and national identity. As a part of reconstructing its legacy, this thesis relies on newspaper articles, the works of native activists, and travel accounts to explore social, political, and economic events in the Sandwich Islands. It analyzes scenes of native injury resulting from the Western world in the eighteenth to the twenty-first century, which allowed the sovereignty movement and the sentiments against the United States to flourish.