Posts Tagged ‘Kau’i Sai Dudoit’

“The government [Kingdom of Hawai’i] was overthrown, not the country.” says  David Keanu Sai Ph.D., it’s  part koan, part wake up call. Not surprisingly, while serving in the US military,  Sai read Samuel Manaiakalani Kamakau’s Ruling Chiefs  for inspiration.   Hawai’i’s history being told from a foreign perspective, in a foreign language (English), has caused a Tower of Babel within and without the Hawaiian community for 123 years.

Frustrated in their personal quests for understanding, Sai and his cousin Kau’i Sai Dudoit rolled up their sleeves, and created a suite of educational materials: Ua Mau Ke Ea Sovereignty Endures: An Overview of the Political and Legal History of the Hawaiian Islands. If this material were as widely read/watched as Gavin Daws’s woefully antiquated 1968 book, A Shoal of Time,  the US Department of the Interior would not have needed to make a Ruling. The confusing, divisive, embarrassingly misguided efforts towards “federal recognition” for Hawaiians, etc. would not be happening.  The treatyless annexation, statehood, the Jones Act–all  obviate.  Scholars like Sai, and Dr. Kamanamaikalani Beamer with his 2015 Ka Palapala Po‘okela Award winning No Mākou Ka Mana: Liberating The Nation, bring fresh air to anaerobic academia with rigorous contemporary scholarship.

In addition to making the DVD version of Ua Mau Ke EaKau’i Sai Dudoit gave me the mother lode of Hawaiian educational web resources.  Unfortunately, she handed it to me hard copy and it has taken me ages to deal with entering, updating, and annotating the links. MAHALO PIHA Kau’i -This list is phenomenal!  Anyone who knows of other excellent resources, please comment and I will add them.

Ua Mau Ke Ea Sovereignty Endures: An Overview of the Political and Legal History of the Hawaiian Islands

A Brief History of the Hawaiian People (1891) W. D. Alexander

Hawaiian Neutrality: From the Crimean Conflict through the Spanish-American War (2015)

Territory of Hawai’i Dept. of Public Instruction, Programme for Patriotic Exercises in the Public Schools (1906)

Chronicling America– Historic American Newspapers

The Annexation Of Hawaii: A Collection Of Documents (University of Hawai’i)

Hawaiian Language Dictionaries  Note: change the CUSTOMIZE SEARCH menu from “Hwn Dict/Mamāka ” to “All Dictionaries,” why this is not the default is a great mystery and a frustrating impediment for novice scholars.

Papakilo – OHA’s Knowledge Well: various Hawaiian collections

Kipuka: OHA’s geographical information system (GIS) latest mapping technologies for native Hawaiian land, culture and history

Ho’olaupa’i: Hawaiian Language Newspaper Project

Forum for articles from newspapers with summary translations

Using Hawaiian Language Newspaper Articles for Place and Culture-based Geoscience Teacher Education and Curriculum Development

Articles on marine ecosystem management in Hawai‘i and traditional and introduced fishing practices. (SOEST/SeaGrant)

Hawai‘i Alive: a Bishop Museum led cooperative work sharing library and archives collections with the general public, especially teachers gathering resources to teach Hawaiian Language, History, and Culture in accordance with Hawai‘i Department of Education Content and Performance Standards.

Bishop Museum Online Data

Hawai’i State Archives Online

Kauai Historical Society Archives

Historical Timeline of Hawai’i Pae ‘Aina






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TODAY ONLY Hawai’i is My MainLand at 11AM ON Think Tech Hawaii.  Sunday marks the 123 anniversary of the overthrow of the  Kingdom of Hawai’i.  My guests, David Keanu Sai Ph.D. and Kau’i Sai Dudoit discuss educating the public, and a suite of materials titled Ua Mau Ke Ea Sovereignty Endures: An Overview of the Political and Legal History of the Hawaiian Islands.  Trailer:

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