cultural erosion, racial inequality
Hawaii is known around the world as a paradise-an ideal location for exotic vacations in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. However, before 1778, it was a hierarchical, independent nation full of indigenous, self-sufficient. Native Hawaiians that dwelled in harmony with their families, their islands, and their culture. From the arrival of foreigners on the Hawaiian islands up until the present day, the Native Hawaiian culture and population has been largely suppressed and has struggled to survive, nearly becoming extinct. This is due to the integration of Western influences through missionary work, the spread of foreign diseases, the introduction of a capitalist economy, and the illegal annexation of Hawaii by the United States Government in 1898. Because of this, the native language has been almost completely lost. the native population has shrunk and has suffered higher rates of illness, poverty, and homelessness, and Hawaiians have had to constantly fight for the sovereignty of their culture. However, cultural revival is currently underway from a recent resurrection of Hawaii's preservation and celebration of traditional practices.
Osorio, Emma Kauana
"Struggle for Hawaiian Cultural Survival,"
Ballard Brief: Vol. 2021:
1, Article 2.
Available at: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/ballardbrief/vol2021/iss1/2