Today was Hawaiian Day at DHS. Although I love to wear the odd Hawiian shirt, I think it is important to realize the struggle of the Hawaiian people.
I think the sad story end/starts with Queen Lili’uokalani. (1838 to 1917) She was a prolific composer, the first female Native Hawaiian author, and the founded the Queen Lili’uokalani Children’s Trust for orphans and indigent children–which still exists today. She is best remembered for her composition, “Aloha ‘Oe”. In 1891, upon the death of her brother King Kalakaua, she became queen of Hawai’i. In 1893, she was deposed by US naval forces and two years later imprisoned in her palace. Until her death in 1917, she continued to fight for the rights of her people and her country, in her words, “….The cause of Hawaiian independence is larger than any one man connected to it”. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BcazPhdD_c8
I also can’t think of Hawii during this time without thinking of the Lepper Colony on the Island of Molokai. In the movie Molokai: The story of Fr. Damien there is a beautiful image of Princess Lydia Liliuokalani singing this same song, Aloha Oe.