Analysis Of The Poem ' Hawai ' I '

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Hawai’i is known by the rest of the world primarily for its tropical weather, exquisite scenery, and luxurious resorts. Millions of tourists visit Hawai’i annually to forget their worries within this universally perceived paradise. For the indigenous people of Hawai’i, whose ancestors have cultivated this land for generations, the idea of paradise only conceals the enduring oppression that dictates their reality. The oppression of native Hawaiians emerged during the 18th century with the attempts of western settlers to colonize the archipelago and impose their beliefs on to the natives. Along with them came diseases that collapsed the native population, while introduced plant and animal species devastated the archipelago’s delicate ecosystem. On January 17th, 1893, the Hawaiian Monarchy was illegally overthrown by American businessmen who called themselves the Republic of Hawai’i. Since then, the native Hawaiian population has been marginalized within their own homelands, while their lands were desecrated by the imperialists of the United States. In 1896, the Hawaiian language is prohibited by the United States federal government from all public schools. Students who could only speak Hawaiian were either silenced or punished severely under this law. In 1929, the military occupies Makua valley on the island of O’ahu and uses the land for training. From 1941 to 1990, the entire island of Kaho’olawe was used as an arena for military bombing practice. During the time,

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