Through the voices and perspectives of the members of an extended Hawaiian family, or `ohana, this book tells the story of North American imperialism in Hawai`i from the Great Depression to the new millennium. The family members offer their versions of being “Native Hawaiian” in an American state, detailing the ways in which US laws, policies, and institutions made, and continue to make, an impact on their daily lives. The book traces the ways that Hawaiian values adapted to changing conditions under a Territorial regime and then after statehood. These conditions involved claims for land for Native Hawaiian Homesteads, education in American public schools, military service, and participation in the Hawaiian cultural renaissance. Based on fieldwork observations, kitchen table conversations, and talk-stories, or mo`olelo, this book is a unique blend of biography, history, and anthropological analysis.
Preface and Acknowledgments
Chapter 2. Living on the Land—Mālama`āina from Past to Present
Chapter 3. "Educating the Polynesian American”—Two Worlds of Learning
Chapter 4. Work, War, and Loyalty—The impact of World War II
Chapter 5. Making a Way, Building a Family—Preserving `ohana in an American State
Chapter 6. “Stand Fast and Continue:” Homestead Generations and the Future