Produced by Nā Maka o ka ʻĀina
Act of War: this hour-long documentary is a provocative look at a historical event of which few Americans are aware. In mid-January, 1893, armed troops from the U.S.S. Boston landed at Honolulu in support of a treasonous coup d’etat against the constitutional sovereign of the Hawaiian Kingdom, Queen Lili’uokalani. The event was described by U.S. President Grover Cleveland as “an act of war.”
Stylized re-enactments, archival photos and film, political cartoons, historic quotes and presentations by Hawaiian scholars tell Hawaiian history through Hawaiian eyes.
Produced in association with the Center for Hawaiian Studies, University of Hawai’i. Featuring historians and scholars Haunani-Kay Trask, Lilikala Kame’eleihiwa, Kekuni Blaisdell and Jonathan Osorio.
Act of War – The Overthrow of the Hawaiian Nation was one of the first productions funded by the fledgling Independent Television Service in late 1991. With supplemental funding from Native American Public Telecommunications, then called the Native American Public Broadcasting Consortium, the production was completed in 1993.
It was broadcast on Hawai’i Public Television during the centennial year of the overthrow of Queen Lili’uokalani, a landmark year in the Hawaiian movement for sovereignty and independence.
In that same year, the U.S. Congress passed a joint resolution admitting the illegal taking of Hawai’i and formally apologizing to the Hawaiian people. President Clinton signed the resolution in November of 1993.
The program has since been aired on 93 public television stations.
Produced and directed by Puhipau and Joan Lander of Nā Maka o ka ʻAina
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Mahalo for making this available to watch for free. As a high school teacher here on Oʻahu, I have used it as a resource for my students in my Modern History of Hawaii class for several years now.
Mahalo, this is a very insightful and somber documentary about the overthrow the Hawaiian Kingdom government. I firmly believe this is a great learning platform to continue to educate present and future generations.
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