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Aloha Betrayed: Native Hawaiian Resistance to American Colonialism (review)

Aloha Betrayed: Native Hawaiian Resistance to American Colonialism (review) book and media reviews 163 that there has been relatively little different events, different facets of discussion of Queen Lili‘uokalani’s these events, or different sources. persistent efforts to restore sover- There will never be a fully accurate eignty to the kingdom, including her or “true” picture of history. Historical visits to Washington. Silva highlights accounts will always be contested the importance of the songs the queen ground in which current struggles are wrote during her imprisonment in waged. But to say there are struggles articulating the views of other Känaka over meaning and interpretation does Maoli at the time. Hawaiian-language not mean evidence is irrelevant. newspapers published important texts Instead, canons of interpretation such as the Kumulipo, a long poem remain important, and bodies of describing the origin of the Känaka evidence remain the ground for all Maoli, as well as hula chants, dissem- debates. The central question raised inating them to literate Kanaka Maoli by Silva’s book is, What constitutes readers and preserving them. Through evidence? How are facts found and her attention to these events and writ- selected? Aloha Betrayed demon- ings, Silva has produced a dramati- strates the shifts in interpretation that cally transformed vision of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Contemporary Pacific University of Hawai'I Press

Aloha Betrayed: Native Hawaiian Resistance to American Colonialism (review)

The Contemporary Pacific , Volume 18 (1) – Dec 6, 2005

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University of Hawai'I Press
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Copyright © 2006 University of Hawai'i Press.
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1527-9464

Abstract

book and media reviews 163 that there has been relatively little different events, different facets of discussion of Queen Lili‘uokalani’s these events, or different sources. persistent efforts to restore sover- There will never be a fully accurate eignty to the kingdom, including her or “true” picture of history. Historical visits to Washington. Silva highlights accounts will always be contested the importance of the songs the queen ground in which current struggles are wrote during her imprisonment in waged. But to say there are struggles articulating the views of other Känaka over meaning and interpretation does Maoli at the time. Hawaiian-language not mean evidence is irrelevant. newspapers published important texts Instead, canons of interpretation such as the Kumulipo, a long poem remain important, and bodies of describing the origin of the Känaka evidence remain the ground for all Maoli, as well as hula chants, dissem- debates. The central question raised inating them to literate Kanaka Maoli by Silva’s book is, What constitutes readers and preserving them. Through evidence? How are facts found and her attention to these events and writ- selected? Aloha Betrayed demon- ings, Silva has produced a dramati- strates the shifts in interpretation that cally transformed vision of

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Published: Dec 6, 2005

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