Hawaii

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Hawaii
Hawaii is known for its beautiful beaches, it’s nice year-round weather, and
its culture. Thousands of vacationers come to Hawaii each year to get away from
the stressful city and relax. But do they know how cruel the Americans were to
the natives? Do they know how we corrupted their culture and their religion? Do
they know how Hawaii really became a state? Probably not. When most people think
of Hawaii, they think of happy Hawaiian babes hula dancing and palm trees
swaying in the warm breeze. Hawaii has still held on to many of their traditions
although they were invaded by Americans. But you have to go to a museum to see
their old way of life. Hawaii is now populated mostly by Americans. Native

Hawaiians have adapted to our American lifestyle and much of their old
traditions and beliefs are lost in history books. America dominated over the

Hawaiians just as they did with the Native Americans. The Hawaiians didn’t
even stand a chance against big brother. They probably feel the same way towards

America just as a child does with stubborn parents. Now I will tell you about
the history of Hawaii so you will see how the United States came to annex

Hawaii. Hawaii was first inhabited by the Polynesians. They came in canoes from
other islands around the pacific. They called the new found island
"Hawaii", which means "home" in Polynesian language. Hawaii
was their home until the white man came in and took advantage of these simple,
happy aborigines. The corruption of this unique and fragile culture first
started when Captain James Cook ran into the islands on January 18, 1778. After

Cook’s discovery, many other foreigners (mostly American) visited the islands.

They brought clothes, livestock, orange trees, horses weapons and souvigners.

Foreigners also brought with them a handful of deadly diseases such as smallpox,
measles, syphilis, tuberculosis, and whooping cough. During the time period of

Cook’s arrival in 1778 to 1820, the population of Hawaii dropped from 300,000
to 135,000 due to the diseases! Another problem was the introduction of alcohol.

Like the native americans, Hawaiians were not immune to alcohol. Hawaiian’s
were very sensitive to alcoholism. Hawaiians religion was a very complex one
with many gods. They worshiped idols and they belived in many feared
superstitions. After king Kamehameha I died, the Hawaiians started to doubt
their own belifes. Many Hawaiians broke the superstitions to prove they were
fake. These religious radicals started a domino affect of the Hawaiian religion.

The Hawaiians destroyed and burned their feared idols. The people who still held
on the old belifes were murdered. This goes to show how a religion can either
hold a society together or tear it apart. Henry Obookiah was born in Hawaii. His
family was murdered in a war between neighboring islands. He decided to find a
new life in America, so he hopped aboard a trading ship and landed in New

England. Obookiah stayed with a Christian family and went to a foreign mission
school. Obookiah was taught to be a good Christian gentlemen. He told Americans
about the religious chaos in Hawaii saying: "Hawaii gods; the wood- they
burn. Me go home, put em in a fire, burn ‘em up. They no see, no hear, no
anything. We make ‘em. Our god, He make us"(The Hawaiian Islands P. 30).

Christian New Englanders were amazed by Obookiah’s enlightenment in America.

New England Christians were motivated to spread the faith into Hawaii. The first

American settlers were Christian missionaries from New England. The Missionaries
came to the Hawaiian shores aboard the Thaddeus on March 31, 1819. The Americans
were treated very well by the natives. They were eager to learn from the
missionaries. Without the strict supervision of their former gods and
superstitions, Hawaiians were celebrating new freedom. They drank, they partied,
they carried firearms and lived like animals. The missionaries saw this anarchy
and decided that things must be put under control. Without their religion, the

Hawaiians were barbarians. The missionaries built houses and settled in at

Hawaii. Then they worked on converting the Hawaiians to Christianity. Most of
the Hawaiians were easily converted to Christianity. But some of the old ones
still wouldn’t give up there beliefs. The missionaries set up schools and
churches. They taught them how to read and write. They set up a printing press
and printed copies of the Bible in Hawaiian language. From 1837 to 1843, 27,000

Hawaiians were converted to Christianity. Before the missionaries had come, they
had no guilt wearing no clothes or

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