Aloha Aina, 2015.

Expressing aloha ʻāina on the anniversary of the overthrow

“And so it happened that on the 16th day of January, 1893, between four and five o’clock in the afternoon, a detachment of marines from the United States Steamer Boston, with two pieces of artillery, landed at Honolulu. The men, upwards of 160 in all, were supplied with double cartridge belts filled with ammunition and with haversacks and canteens, and were accompanied by a hospital corps with stretchers and medical supplies. This military demonstration upon the soil of Honolulu was of itself an act of war. . .”

By nightfall of the next day, the Kingdom of Hawaiʻi had been illegally overthrown.

Hawaiʻi’s people today live in the resulting repercussions of that infamous day. For some, reflection on those historical events still conjures up the ʻeha (pain, hurt) of being wronged.

There may never be an adequate outlet to express the ʻeha, nevertheless, this story commemorates the 122nd anniversary of the illegal overthrow and honors some of the great expressions of aloha ʻāina (patriotism) coming from Hawaiʻi’s aliʻi (monarchs) and lāhui (people).→Continue reading.

Queen Liliʻuokalani, Hawaiʻi’s last reigning monarch, was imprisoned after her kingdom was illegally overthrown on January 17, 1893.

Reformist Party, 1893.

O True Hawaiians, don’t fall for the sweet talking of the Reformist Party [pohai hoomaemae], for here they are wanting to push the land into annexation.

(Leo o ka Lahui, 1/17/1893, p. 3)

E na kanaka Hawaii oiaio...

Ka Leo o ka Lahui, Buke II, Helu 624, Aoao 3. Ianuari 17, 1893.

Who was threatening whom? 1893.

Martial law in a situation of this kind is a ridiculous and absurd proceeding and does not reflect creditably on the part of those who designed it or who still keep it enforced. The late Ministry and their adherents surrendered everything peacefully and quietly. No one wants to attempt to change the state of affairs existing as everyone is content to await the decision of the United States and abide by it. The Hawaiians are eminently a peaceable people and no one is either exiting them or endearvoring to excite them. All are confident in the justice of their cause and willing to await the result with patience. The foreigners who adhere to that side advise them so, and follow their own advice; to do nothing calculated to annoy, scare, or injure anyone or anything, and this advice is being sedulously followed.

(Daily Bulletin, 1/18/1893, p. 3)

Martial law in a situation...

The Daily Bulletin, Volume V, Number 627, Page 3. January 18, 1893.

Who was threatening whom? 1893.


Here on land are the troops from the warship, as they go around town with their guns and their ammunition belts. They came ashore this past Monday. Let them be to enjoy themselves upon the blessed soil of Hawaii and look to the day when they will see that Hawaii is on the side of peace.


(Hawaii Holomua, 1/18/1893, p. 2)

[This set of newspapers is not available online yet, so I will try to make a copy of the original article from a microfilm as soon as I can.]