Last Among Equals, Hawaiian Statehood and American Politics,” Roger Bell, University of Hawaii Press, 1984.The most comprehesive text on the efforts of how Hawaii became a state. Discusses the key issues of the statehood debate and the statehood commision in detail and elaboration. The most comprehesive text on the efforts of how Hawaii became a state. Shoal of Time: A History of the Hawaiian Islands, Gaven Daws, University of Hawaii Press, 1968.This is the book, the standard by which we come to be introduced to Hawaiian History. It is the springboard by which we can approach the subject. Through this book, it is not a matter of whether he is responsible to one group or another, what matters is that the narrative that he writes, sets that ground for what should be considered as “general knowledge.” Native Land and Foreign Desires. Lilikala Kame’eleihiwa, Bishop Museum Press, 1992. By itself, this work represents an approach to writing about Hawaii that is both well-researched and very Hawaiian. By incorporating seemingly disparate disciplines like anthropology, history, politics and law, she has produced a definitive and comprehensive study of the Mahele, the great land -restructuring during the reign of Kamehameha III. From a Native Daughter: Colonialism and Sovereignty in Hawai’i, Haunani-Kay Trask, University of Hawaii Press, 1999. Unapologetically revisionist and a beautiful read. What is great is that she interweaves her personal narrative into the history. Often hostile and vitriolic, she prioritizes the race/class/gender debate into her history, and approaches the history and movement of Hawaii as abuses by the rich, white, power elite. An empowering book for those who align themselves with race/class/gender struggles. Autobiography of Protest in Hawai’i. Robert H. Mast and Anne B. Mast, University of Hawaii Press, 1996.Oral History of 35 activists. The table of contents suggests different and various approaches one can take to examine Hawaii. This book is a good resource for activism in Hawaii, it illustrates through oral history, where these people are from what their position is and how they came to be organizers. Hawaii, Islands Under the Influence, Noel J. Kent, Monthly Review Press, 1983. Examines Hawaii’s economic development as economic dependency—a theory that explores failure of development strategies in the third world. Hawaiians, at each stage of economic development has progressively lost control of their economic destiny. Lots about Sugar, the Big 5 and Tourism.

Land and Power in Hawaii: The Democratic Years, George Cooper, Gavan Daws, Univeresity of Hawaii Press, 1985. Beginning in the years just before Statehood, Land and Power in Hawaii, examines the role of Iand and land development in Hawaii. In the introduction, the books posits the question, “What is the connection between land and power in Hawaii during the Democratic years.” Traces the history of the crown lands or ceded lands, and how it becomes “government lands” during the Terriorial years. Hawaiian Sovereignty: Do the Facts Matter? Thurston Twigg-Smith. Goodale Publishing. 1998. An important book in that it stands alone in this post-colonial age as a defense for Hawaii’s Annexation. Much of the research in this book is founded in historical Hawaiian documents like the Blount Report, Morgan Report, and the Organic Act, documents that are by themselves, not without controversy. Also worth noting are O.A. Bushnell, Samuel Kamakau, John Papa Ii, David Malo and Ralph S.Kuykendall’s, A History of Hawaii]]>

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