Hawaii: Land of Aloha, Its History, Culture and Why It’s Different From the Rest of America.
Hawaii’s history has always had a genuine love and affection of people and other cultures.
In the time of Queen Lili’oukalani’s short reign from 1891–1893, the queen and her Kingdom was overthrown by a conglomeration of white religious missionary businessmen who wanted control of Hawaii’s natural resources.
The businessmen, backed by the United States Military deposed her on January 17, 1893.
The Queen, fearing bloodshed and who realized that many native Hawaiian citizens may be killed in the “Annexation”, issued the following statement:
“I, Liliʻuokalani, by the Grace of God and under the constitution of the Hawaiian Kingdom, Queen, do hereby solemnly protest against any and all acts done against myself and the constitutional government of the Hawaiian Kingdom by certain persons claiming to have established a Provisional Government of and for this Kingdom. That I yield to the superior force of the United States of America, whose Minister Plenipotentiary, His Excellency John L Stevens, has caused United States troops to be landed at Honolulu and declared that he would support the said Provisional Government. Now, to avoid any collision of armed forces and perhaps loss of life, I do, under this protest, and impelled by said forces, yield my authority until such time as the Government of the United States shall, upon the facts being presented to it, undo the action of its representative and reinstate me in the authority which I claim as the constitutional sovereign of the Hawaiian Islands.”
— Queen Liliʻuokalani, Jan 17, 1893
The Queen, showing Aloha for her subjects, the citizens of Hawaii, surrendered the kingdom of Hawaii to white rule. Later, the same contingent that plotted against her, had her arrested on a trumped up charge. Liliʻuokalani was arrested on January 16, 1895, several days after the failed 1895 Counter-Revolution in Hawaii led by Robert William Wilcox.
The salient fact here is the Queen was subjected to house arrest, her Kingdom stolen by the white missionaries and she still retained hope that the Government of the United States would see the error of their ways and restore the kingdom back to the Hawaiian Monarch. Her love for her people won out to make sure that no harm would come to Hawaii’s citizens.
There can be no greater Aloha than to sacrifice her own safety, prestige and titles so that native Hawaiian people would be safe from retribution, violence and death from her oppressors.
This “Aloha” permeated the Hawaiian culture and Hawaii welcomed all even despite the internal hatred for the occupying force that undermined the Monarchy.
Today, Hawaii is the most diverse state in the USA. We have no racial majority. Every race is a minority. We are made up of whites, Japanese, Chinese, Filipino, Portuguese, Koreans, African-Americans, Samoans, Tongans, Marshallese as well as Europeans and virtually every race on earth.
We live together in harmony and respect each others culture. Our state is a melting-pot of traditional values and we incorporate each other’s values into our own lifestyles. We inter-marry and raise children indoctrinated in the Aloha of Hawaii. We do not open or concealed carry weapons and gun related deaths are almost unheard of. We are the model of civilized society.
No other state has this diversity, this tolerance and the acceptance of Hawaii’s citizens. We love, we care, we welcome and we are an open society. We kiss strangers when introduced, we are not prudes either sexually or in love. This is the kuleana or responsibility of all who are native born or Kama’aina (long term residents). We love unconditionally, we make love and we share love.
That is what “Aloha” means. It is used for Hello, Goodbye, and Love! The spirit of “Aloha” is intangible to Hawaiians and am proud to call myself, “Keiki O Ka Aina”-a child of the land of Hawaii.