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From a Native Daughter by Haunani-Kay Trask
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Dec 13, 2009

it was ok
bookshelves: political-commentary
Read in December, 2009

During a recent trip to the Bishop Museum in Honolulu (highly recommended, BTW), I saw this book in the gift shop, which was written by a Native hawaiian scholar and activist, and decided to give it a read. After the intro and the first few chapters, I'd had enough. The author's vitriol interferes with what otherwise appears to be a well researched work. Disappointing.
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message 11: by Emily (new)

Emily Mac Rae I just purchased this book. I read Hawaii by Michner ages ago. I can not wait to here how that history affects what is happening today.

Aimee Aloha, Emily! I was inspired to read this after a recent trip to the Bishop Museum in Honolulu and saw this in the gift shop. Haven't read Michener's Hawaii, but I think I'll have to add it to my perpetual list of to-reads.

message 9: by Keokani (new) - added it

Keokani From a Native Daughter and Michener's novel are antithetical.

message 8: by Wai'ala (new) - added it

Wai'ala Keokani Marciel is absolutely right. Michner's Hawaii is fiction based on history; From a Native Dauther is Fact based on reality and truth. Though it maybe hard to digest and at times upsetting for some it is the closest to truth about Hawai'i, it's Nation, Native people and changes that need to occur.

Aimee Let me again clarify my position: Haunani-Kay Trask's delivery is like someone shouting in my (one's) face. I respect her outrage, and there are grounds for it, but I'm not going to spend hours reading a long rant. Anyone who reads the synopsis will figure out her book addresses some uncomfortable realities about the colonization of Hawai'i and the marginalization of Indigenous Hawaiians. I'm not so gullible to buy the US Government's story on how "we" claimed Hawai'i, though I don't believe one side alone owns the "truth". As to Michener's book Hawai'i, it is marketed as fiction, so there's no mystery there.

Aimee Thanks for the recommendations, Keokani. I accidentally deleted your second comment--very sorry. I will look for a copy of "Act of War: The Overthrow of the Hawaiian Nation".

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Keokani Mahalo for your interest. "Act of War" can be viewed online for $3 at the following website: Bookmark to stay current with the legal status of Hawaiʻi. Press conference with attorney Dexter Kaiama from May 9, 2013, regarding the ongoing U.S. occupation of the Hawaiian Kingdom:

Aimee Thank you/Mahalo for this. I also added "Aloha Betrayed: Native Hawaiian Resistance to American Colonialism" (by Noenoe Silva), and "Hawai'i's Story by Hawai'i's Queen (Queen Lili'uokalani)to my Goodreads To-Read list.

message 3: by Keokani (new) - added it

Keokani Those are important works also.

message 2: by Kaile (new) - added it

Kaile natives are angry for a reason we shout because no one listens sorry if we're too angry for a haoles feelings...

Aimee I'm willing to listen, but not be verbally abused. That is not the way to get any ally.

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