Podcast: Play in new window
( * EXCUSE US once again for the AUDIO issues…Not truly having the funds to have a fully funtional Studio has created issues for us, but we are always trying to fix them…Mahalo Nui Loa for your Kokua, understanding ) So when did it all start in Hawaii? With what History tells us the first settlers to the Islands arrived from the Marquesas sometime around 500 known as the TRUE Hawaiians or “KANAKA MAOLI”…Settlers from Tahiti arrived sometime in 1000 and may have enslaved the Marquesans. The Marquesans, also known as Menehune, had been a much smaller race…Tahitians had been much stronger and larger, forcing them to build temples and work in the fields. The Menehune had been the true first settlers to Hawaii, making them the true Original Hawaiians of the islands. Today the invasion of the Tahitians are known by all as the HAWAIIANS “Kanaka” who currently live on Hawaii with possible bloodlines of the Menehune still on the last known locations of Kauai and Niihau…In a Nut shell that explains the time before the West discovered Hawaii. The WARRIOR race of Hawaiians known today had been the Tahitian Warriors that invaded HAWAII so many years ago…King Kamehameha the Great, being the Largest, most powerful and greatest Tahitian/Hawaiian Warrior of them all at at over 7 feet tall and 350 pounds. But is this a story and myth or is this fact? IT’S FACT and this is how we know…it is WELL KNOWN that the ALI’I NUI…ROYAL CHEIFS wore the feather cape of Royalty in the Red and Yellow feathers…The Cape still exits today and is the length of 7 Feet…Hawaiian chiefs NEVER EVER let their feather capes touch the ground when worn in Battle…So Kamehameha stood well over 7 Feet…possibly 7’3″ or 7’4″ in his prime.
The British explorer Captain James Cook was the first known Westerner to sight the island of Oahu, on January 18, 1778 sometime after his exploration of Tahiti. He was killed in a fight with Hawaiians when he returned to the islands a year later, Turning his gun on the chief was abad, bad idea. With this discovery of Hawaii many Westerners would soon come to the islands with the idea of conquest in mind. Powerful Hawaiian rulers of Royalty (Ali’i Nui) battled for control of the island chain. In 1795, King Kamehameha the Great, who controlled the Big Island of Hawaii, captured Maui and Molokai and set his eyes on Oahu. Kamehameha’s large fleet of battle canoes landed in present-day Waikiki which is all part of Hawaii history. His warriors moved across the valley and into the mountains pursuing the late Chief of Maui and now Chief of Oahu, Kalanikupule, who took rule from his late dead father, Kahekili, who was ruler of Maui and Oahu. From the first battle on Maui against Kalani to his battle at Punch Bowl and his last at Nu’uanu Pali, Kamehemeha was relentless in uniting the Hawaiian islands. Several months later after the coward Kalani had ran from the battle of Maui and Oahu he was found in the mountains and put in front of the the Great King where he was sacrified! Kahmehameha’s place as ruler and King of the Hawaiian islands was complete with the surrender of Kauai’s cheif Kaumualii.
During the reign of King Kamehameha Honolulu was a village of small huts near the water, but it was clear to sailors that Honolulu harbor offered a perfect place to set anchor. As more ships came, Honolulu began to grow and grow so King Kamehameha moved his residence from Waikiki to Honolulu to tighten his control on the sandalwood trade, but his reign ended in 1819 when he passed of natural causes. By the 1820s, whaling ships began to stop in Honolulu. Their crews were a rough crowd. Taverns and brothels soon followed. Not far behind after the Kings Death were Christian and Morman missionaries who traveled to the islands to convert the Hawaiians, who the Christians called savages and sinners. The missionaries exerted enormous power and influence by the mid 1,800’s and they managed to convince the Hawaiian royalty to change their Kapu ways as well as prosecute drunken sailors and curb the growing prostitution trade. Most whaling boats abandoned Honolulu for the safer confines of Lahaina on Maui. The sons of these original missionaries would in time become businessmen who wielded enormous power in the islands. They cheated and lied to the Hawaiian people and took control of most of the land, and operated large and profitable sugar plantations with slave like labor. Westerners also brought many diseases that decimated the native Hawaiian population. Faced with a worker shortage, the plantation owners brought in thousands of Japanese, Chinese, Portuguese, Filipinos, and Koreans to work the land and today this is the base of the major diversity and melting pot Hawaii is today.
Hawaii had become a desirable place to outsiders. In 1843, the British held the island for five months before being defeated. The French followed in 1849, also being defeated. The Hawaiians got their kingdom back again and again, but could not stop the steady flow of foreigners coming to the islands and with each group of outsiders that came, more disease and death followed for the Hawaiians who had no immune system to fight these illnesses. By 1893, the Hawaiian kingdom was once again under siege by outsiders when AMERICANS had flooded Hawaii…at this point the Hawiian Kingdom and the Hawaiian warriors had been decimated with disease…they had almost no one left to defend Hawaii.
Haole Sugarcane planters, the Christian missionaries and American businessmen plotted with the United States Minister to Hawaii, John L. Stevens, to overthrow the Hawaiian monarchy. Queen Lili’uokalani, who had recently succeeded her brother, Kalakaua, was pushing for democratic reforms when she was forced to relinquish her authority. But the queen did not cede her powers to the provisional government that had just overthrown her. She ceded it to the United States with the hope that it would do the right thing for the Hawaiian people. The U.S. President Grover Cleveland agreed the overthrow of the Queen and her people had been illegal. “By an act of war, committed with the participation of a diplomatic representative of the United States,” Cleveland wrote,“and without authority of Congress, the Government of a feeble but friendly and confiding people has been overthrown. A substantial wrong has thus been done which a due regard for our national character as well as the rights of the injured people requires we should endeavor to repair.” Cleveland ordered the lowering of the U.S. flag, but the provisional government refused and fought against Clevelands requests. Hawaiians, greatly outnumbered and at this point without weapons to defend themselves, were no longer in control of their own destiny. The provisional Haole Missionary government in Honolulu systematically tightened its control of the islands, even imprisoning Queen Lili’uokalani for several months in her own Palace that the Late and last King, Kalakaua built for her. By 1898, Hawaiians could only watch as the United States finally annexed the islands, removing and destroying the last of the Monarchy of Hawaii.
Because of the overthrow and annexation, Hawaiian control and Hawaiian citizenship were replaced with American control and American citizenship. ALL RIGHTS had been taken away from the Hawaiian people…EVEN TO VOTE! The Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiians) suffered a unilateral redefinition of their homeland and people, a displacement and a dispossession in their own country…GENOCIDE! Today, many of the remaining Hawaiians are among the poorest residents on the islands and continue to suffer today while vacationers and travelers watch them smile and dance at Luau’s, never knowing or understand the TRUTH of the dying Hawaiian people, history and culture.
For the United States, the Territory of Hawaii, especially Honolulu, became a key military post. Large installations were built, including bases inside Diamond Head, an extinct volcano and important Honolulu landmark. Massive guns and Pillboxes have taking over many of the historic and cultural locations in Hawaiian history. Many today lost in time. Through the early 1900s, the military presence grew steadily until the Pearl Harbor attack…The United States and Hawaii was brought into war and Hawaii was never the same with…Today there are 11 Military Bases on Oahu and countless live fire locations where the land has been destroyed…The Island of Kahoolawe itself was utterly DESTROYED by the military and still is void of life today…once a very SACRED island and the Largest trading post at one time for Hawaiians…There’s a REASON why vacationers and vistors don’t know of this island or have never heard of it…because the US MILITARY Destroyed it and all the flora and fauna that existed there.
On August 21, 1959, Hawaii became the fiftieth state of the United States. The Haole celebrated, but for many native Hawaiians, becoming a state was just another suffering blow against dreams of sovereignty. In 1993, in a joint resolution, Congress formally apologized to the Hawaiian people for the illegal overthrow of Queen Lili’uokalani, but that was it! Many KANAKA, native Hawaiians continue to press for some type of sovereignty or the reinstatement of some form of monarchy to give more control to Hawaiians over their land so the Haole can no longer continue to destroy it and it’s limited resources.
Status as a new state, the tourism hype, romantic and often inaccurate Hollywood movies about Hawaii, and the selling of the Hawaiian culture that barely exists today has turned the islands into a major travel destination for Americans and Japanese. Honolulu’s Waikiki District, which in the 1900’s was mostly wetlands, Taro and Banana fields has came to host more than 9 MILLION PEOPLE A YEAR NOW. Waikiki can no longer house the vistors coming so they will expand and expand until Waikiki falls into the ocean. With this uncontrolled growth, Homelessness has gone up, Rent have gone up, Hotel costs have gone up, food costs and taxes have goe up…and many Honolulu residents, kama’aina, locals and Kanaka Maoli soon will be unable to afford to buy their own homes or live off their incomes while the rich move in and buy up Oahu from the outside. There are Tourism jobs, but many are low-paying jobs. Today a land that the GREAT KING fought for and united has became heavily dependent on tourism, especially Japanese tourism. By 2020 the Medium House price in Oahu will reach 1 Million dollars…our question is…if that is true…Who will be living here except the rich and who will be working at McDonalds, Starbucks or Walmart to serve the rich? Hawaii has come so far hasn’t it…Are we still lucky to live Hawaii? Yes….Are there changes that need to be reversed…Yes…will they be and will HAWAII one day again be the most incredible place to live and love…We believe so, but we need to get back to the OLD WAYS…the ways of the Kanaka Maoli…Balance is Key and we are tiping in the wrong direction as of today.