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An exam of how the U.S. army in Hawaii is depicted by means of museum curators, memorial developers, movie makers, and newspaper newshounds. those mediums exhibit details, and interact their audiences, in ways in which, jointly, shape a strong advocacy for some great benefits of militarism within the islands.

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The US Military in Hawai‘i: Colonialism, Memory and Resistance

An exam of how the U.S. army in Hawaii is depicted through museum curators, memorial developers, movie makers, and newspaper newshounds. those mediums exhibit details, and have interaction their audiences, in ways in which, jointly, shape a strong advocacy for some great benefits of militarism within the islands.

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The authors describe the course of events in Hawai‘i as ‘irreversible’ (150), stating: ‘Some observers may view these relentless changes as a series of debacles for the Hawaiian people. Others may recognize and accept the inevitable forces of change and describe the European and American influences as a better alternative to what might have been’ (106). It is clear from their choice of the word ‘recognize’ that the authors support the latter point of view. There is, of course, nothing inevitable about the course of historical events in Hawai‘i or elsewhere.

Gregg hoped to force the Mo¯ ‘ı¯ to sign an annexation treaty. However, it was ‘fought strenuously’ by British Consul General Miller, who argued that the US was a racist, slave-owning country in which Hawaiians would be an oppressed minority (Paske-Smith 256). Of course, it is difficult to gauge just how genuine Miller’s motives were: although Britain had turned against slavery in the 1790s, it was still the center of the largest empire the world had ever seen. Nevertheless, the presence of HMS Trincomalee and the French warship L’Artémise partially negated the threat from the USS Portsmouth and three other US warships in the Honolulu Harbor.

Other visitors 28 The US Military in Hawai‘i appear to be searching for their cultural roots and for a sense of belonging. They want to experience the sense of continuity that the site can help provide as a tangible link with the past (24). However, museum exhibitions often generate controversy, and the most vociferous critics are often those who believe their story has been distorted or omitted from exhibition narratives. For example, indigenous peoples of the United States have contested the contents of museums, as well as other receptacles and mediums of historical and cultural knowledge.

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