Lesson 10: Hawaii

This week we’re going to the most Americanized of all Polynesian groups of islands, a group of islands so Americanized that they’re actually part of America. Got it…? We’re talking about Hawaii! The history of the Hawaiian islands is not unlike the history of other Polynesian islands–settlement by Polynesians, a late 1700s visit by British uber-explorer James Cook, unification into a Kingdom, domination and eventual annexation by a foreign power. What sets Hawaii apart from all other Polynesian islands (with the exception of New Zealand, which we’ll visit next week) is the extent to which the Hawaiian islands have integrated into the colonial power that annexed them, and the way that integration has transformed all aspects of Hawaiian life

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