Notes and Acknowledgments
In the introduction, I referred to the Hawaiian writer John Dominis
Holt and the importance he placed on exploring the theme of change
over time. He molded many of the questions, perceptions, and
aspirations that were my starting point for this book. Likewise the
artist and writer Herb Kawainui Kane, designer of the canoe and
father of the replicated voyage, helped me in many ways-
particularly with the subject of contact between Hawaiian society
and the West. I have valued traveling around the islands with Walter
Ritte, Jr., visiting Hawaiian places and occasionally speaking with
persons whose memories or sense of history stretched back into the
nineteenth century. Likewise my long friendship with Bob and Pua
Van Dorpe has given me a sense of the never-ending process involved
in the renewal of Hawaiian culture.
With such introductions to the subject of the Hawaiian relationship
to America, I nonetheless attempted to stay centered in my experience
as an American and to write about annexation as an American event,
believing that America will soon be dealing with the rising demand
by Hawaiians for a renewal of national sovereignty.
My focus on the years 1893 to 1898led to Noenoe Silva, a scholar
and writer who combines a knowledge of the Hawaiian language
with a study of history and political science.
was as a result of her
influence that I was able to describe, to some extent, the functioning
of the Hawaiian hui and newspapers up to the point of annexation.
She contributed in many other ways, from abstract concepts to print
photographs. I also read with interest the Hawaiian nationalist
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