Tom Coffman

Interview with Noenoe Silva tape 1

Interview with Noenoe Silva recorded for the documentary "Nation Within: The Story of America's Annexation of Hawaiʻi." Tape begins with b-roll of a copy of "Ke Aloha Aina" Hawaiian language newspaper published on May 20, 1895. The b-roll is followed by the interview, which focuses on nūpepa ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi (Hawaiian language newspapers) printed in the 1800s during the Hawaiian Kingdom. Topics include: the literacy rate in the Hawaiian Kingdom; how the newspapers kept the makaʻāinana (commoner) informed about community, local, political, cultural, and global issues; the differences between the perspective of Hawaiian language newspapers and English language newspapers of the time; how historians that only research English language newspapers are only getting half of the story or just a colonial perspective; how the newspapers constitute a national literature of the Hawaiian Kingdom; how Hawaiian histories that only look at English sources give the impression that Hawaiians were passive to the overthrow and did not oppose annexation; the Hawaiian Patriotic Leagues in the Hawaiian Kingdom in the late 1800s, including Hui Aloha ʻĀina for men, Hui Aloha ʻĀina for women and Hui Kālaiʻāina, who protested the overthrow and collected the Kūʻē petitions which were against annexation.

Languages: English


  • Documentary

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