Native Hawaiians Wage an Ongoing Battle to Organize into a Sovereign Nation

"Native Hawaiians have been considered Americans for more than 100 years. But they haven’t forgotten the original sin that created their state.

That sin—the forcible ouster of the Hawaiian monarchy—has some Native Hawaiians waging a legal battle to this day to regain some measure of independence.

Under the monarchy, American and European businesspeople had prospered. But they wanted control in this land of paradise. So in 1887, they assembled a militia and forced King David Kalākaua at gunpoint to sign the Kingdom of Hawaii Constitution, nicknamed the “Bayonet Constitution,” which reduced his power and increased the power of wealthy, white landowners."


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