chapter  3
Hawai'i, No Longer for the Native Hawaiian
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By the 1880s, Native American tribes on the North American continent were either being confined to reservations or, like the buffalo, were near extinction. A prevailing attitude tovoard the Native Peoples was they voere "fully capable of being transformed and assimilated once exposed to the 'superior' influences of White society" (Adams, 1988, p. 2). A similar fate azvaited a tiny island kingdom, 2,500 miles across the Pacific. The Havoaiian Monarchy was being dismantled, replaced by an insurgent group of mostly U.S., zvith some British, German, and other European, businessmen and politicians. Folloiving the arrival of the Ameri­ can missionaries in 1820 and the grovoing economic prosperity ofhaole business­ men, the indigenous people of the Havoaiian Islands voere sufficiently assimilated through formal schooling to a Western, White Christian voay of life that successfully robbed them of their land, the richness of their ozvn history, and, indeed, their very soul.1