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“The way of aloha all too often goes wanting in the resentments expressed about the past and the history itself often seems poorly understood by the angriest of partisans. In a time transport back to those days a native Hawaiʻian would stand 999 chances in 1,000 that he or she would be a fisherman and taro digger, even more impoverished than now and subject to chiefly whim and sacrifice, tied to a tree and strangled. That does not excuse the overthrow, which was indefensible, but political appeals to Hawaiʻi's history could use a reality check. There were no ‘good old days’.”

James L. Haley
Captive Paradise: A History of Hawaii

“‘Isn't it strange,’ Malama asked, ‘the little man spends so much time telling us how the Hawaiians ought to behave, but it is always his people who do the wrong things.’”

James A, Michener
Hawaii: A Novel

“Alexander [ʻIolani Liholiho, later known as Kamehameha IV, the fourth monarch of Hawaii] found their birth [on the train from Washington D.C. to New York] and seated himself, and there occurred one of the pivotal moments of his life as he came face to face with the reality of how Americans regarded darker skinned people . . . ‘While I was sitting looking out of the window a man came to me and told me to get out of the carriage, rather unceremoniously, saying that I was in the wrong carriage. I immediately asked him what he meant. He continued his request. Finally, he came around by the door and I went out to meet him. Just as he was coming in, somebody whispered a word into his ears. By this time I came up to him and asked him his reasons for telling me to get out of that carriage. He then told me to keep my seat. I took hold of his arm and asked him his reasons and what right he had in turning me out and talking to me in the way that he did. He replied that he had some reasons but requested me to keep my seat, and I followed him out, but he took care to be out of my way after that. I found he was the conductor and probably had taken me for somebody's servant just because I had a darker a skin than he had, confounded fool. The first time that I ever received such treatment. Not in England or France or anywhere else, but in this country I must be treated like a dog to go and come at an American's bidding.’”

James L. Haley
Captive Paradise: A History of Hawaii