Tom Coffman

Interview with Noenoe Silva tape 3

Interview with Noenoe Silva recorded for the documentary "Nation Within: The Story of America's Annexation of Hawaiʻi." Topics include: how the Kūʻē petitions against U.S. annexation of Hawaiʻi included the names of every demographic of Kānaka ʻŌiwi (Native Hawaiian); how in speeches and articles members of the Hawaiian Patriotic Leagues (Hui Aloha ʻĀina and Hui Kālaiʻāina) spoke to the U.S. ideals of democracy as a strategy to stop annexation of the Hawaiian Kingdom; how the hui elected a delegation which included James Kaulia, David Kalauokalani, John Richardson, and William Auld to go to Washington D.C. to deliver the Kūʻē petitions to the U.S. Congress and stop annexation; how they met with Senators to tell their story; how after the Kūʻē petitions were presented to the Senate floor, they stopped the U.S. from annexing Hawaiʻi; how illegal annexation took place; Silva finding the Kūʻē petitions in the U.S. National Archives; how the Queen was never alone in her actions to stop annexation, as the Ke Aloha Aina newspaper published information weekly about what the Queen was doing in Washington D.C. and the mele (songs) written to honor her fight for her people; how the hui were close to and supported the Queen; how Hawaiʻi was a constitutional monarchy; how the newspapers described the Queen as aliʻiʻaimoku (the aliʻi [chief] who rules the island), an a older term showing they supported her; the leaders of the Hawaiian people in the late 1890s including Joseph Nawahī, James Kaulia, Abigail Kuaihelani Campbell, and others; how the hui boycotted the "Annexation Day" on August 12, 1898 and how the day after Ke Aloha Aina printed the words "He oia mau no kakou" meaning we go on; and Silva's feelings on Thurston and Dole.

Languages: English


  • Public affairs

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