Hawaiian Journal of History Author Discusses Hawai‘i’s First Territorial Legislature at KCC Event

The Hawaiian Historical Society will present an illustrated presentation as part of the launch of their new issue, The Hawaiian Journal of History Volume 49.

Ronald Williams Jr. PhD, author of the lead article for The Hawaiian Journal of History volume 49.

Ronald Williams Jr. PhD will discuss his article, “Race, Power, and the Dilemma of Democracy: Hawai‘i’s First Territorial Legislature, 1901,” this Thursday, March 10 at 7 p.m. at Kapiʻolani Community College, Hale ʻŌhiʻa. The event is free and open to the public.

A program flyer details the event:

The struggle over political power in Hawaiʻi did not end with the American takeover in 1898. In the territorial election of 1900, Kanaka Maoli men and women, in a matter of less than six months, organized a new political party, campaigned against an oligarchic government supported by wealthy business interests, and achieved a convincing victory at the polls. What was the outcome of that legislature and why was this active display of Native leadership ignored by historians for over a century?

The Hawaiian Journal of History Volume 49 is available digitally via Project MUSE and print issues can be ordered through the University of Hawai’i Press.