by Amy Luu and Jennifer Kuo
Asian American Studies 100  
          You are probably wondering what is the significance of the postcard you saw on the previous page.  Try to image someonewho is on vacation in Hawaii and he sends someone back home a postcard that says "Wish you were here." But that's not how native Hawaiians feel about Americans, they would rather send over the postcard that said "Wish you weren't here." Why did you ask? Americans have overstayed their welcome. Ever had that horrible and rude guest that would never leave and would take complete control over your domain? Well, that's how Native Hawaiians feel over the Europeans, who brought 200 years of foreign oppression and dieseases that wiped out a significant amount of Native Hawaiians and then after there are the Americans who brought over 100 years of colonialism. Tourists outnumber residents 6 to 1 and with Native Hawaiians they outnumber them 30 to 1. 
Not many people know much about Hawai'i's history, the unsweeten American version of it.  Most people when they think of Hawaii images of hula girls in grass skirts with leis in their hands , far out waves, tropical drinks,  
luas, and beautiful beaches. Sounds like paradise, doesn't it? But these are the highly commercialized images of Hawaii that often appear on travel brochures or in American history textbooks. Not images of a nation that was pillaged and raped of it's homeland and culture. Not many people think of these various historical events in Hawaiian history, since it often told thru Eurocentric eyes rather than the perspective of a  Native Hawaiian. 
        The purpose of this website is to educate the general public about Hawai'i's history. Since even I had the stereotypical view of Hawaii as being this paradise, until I was educated about the matter in my Asian American Studies class and quickly changed my perspective of Hawai'i. We hope to use the information we have learn about Hawai'i's history to help empower people with the knowledge which helps the Hawaiian sovereignity movement.


Present (state of Hawai'i): 
     Ka Lahui's Master Plan 

This is the flag of Ka Lahui Hawai'i, which "represents the group of stars known to Hawaiians as Makali'i, or the Pleiades. Like other flags it is full of symbolism. It's symbolic representation is suppose to be of the Makali'i which consists of seven large stars and several smaller stars in white, on a field on royal blue. The rising of Makali'i serves as an eternal reminder of the Kumulipo, a creation chant of Po'e Hawai'i, and represents our origin, the source at our beginning."