The Coup Against Sovereignty

Queen Liliuokalani

Ed Rampel: The history of the Hawaiian holocaust begins in 1778 with Cook’s voyages, his death at Kealakekua Bay, and the British reprisal. Protestant missionaries from New England arrived in 1820, filling a cultural vacuum created by the breaking of the pre-contact religion’s Kapu system in 1819.

Princess Kaiulani: A Motion Picture Pretender to the Throne

anka Kilcher as Princess Kaiulani

Ed Rampell: This biopic purports to tell the tale of a fabled beauty who became embroiled in political turmoil, and of her romance with an Englishman. The movie’s press notes assert that, “Princess Kaiulani is the inspiring true story of the Hawaiian princess.” The problem is that this is a dubious claim. The simple fact of the matter is that Kaiulani opens with a historically inaccurate scene that never happened, and much of the movie is likewise historically suspect.

We Send our Deepest Regrets to Barack Obama and his entire family

Madelyn Payne Dunham, Barack Obama’s grandmother, has died. Mrs. Dunham was 86 years old. After a battle with with cancer she died peacefully, and and Obama announced Monday, 1 day before the election.

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