When people write to me as “fanmail” I’m never sure if they do so because they don’t want me to reblog it or what, but I hope you don’t mind me publicly responding to this:

Um, hi!<3 I don’t mean to come across as weird or anything but your post about Hawaii? Flawless. As someone who is Hawaiian it honestly grinds my gears that people actually believe what some of their History books tell them — Hawaii WANTED to become apart of America. No, it didn’t; they were literally forced to, and the queen and her people were threatened. =/ I can also attest to the fact Natives do object to what has been and is happening there; it’s just nobody really listens, or cares. In Hawaii they actually have a Modern Hawaiian History class that is a requirement and there you’ll learn the truth of what happened, or a more honest version. On the mainland? Not so much. I know this because I went to school there and here. Ahh I’m rambling but anyway your post was so refreshing and made me happy you actually knew your facts~!<33 Sorry again if this weirds you out. D= 

— arurian
This doesn’t weird me out at all! I can relate with seeing alternate histories being taught (I’ve been to highschool in both the US and Europe) It’s certainly interesting (if not downright scary) to recognize propaganda embedded in schoolwork.
I wish I could take credit for that brilliant post/video, all I did was add a tiny bit of commentary at the end.  But yes, as someone who has an interest in social justice as well as a particular love for Hawaii, it’s impossible not to question the history of how it came to merge with the US.  

When I younger (about 15, I think) I visited Hawaii for the first time, and saw an upside-down Hawaiian flag flying near a snorkeling location my family frequented.  Since my first visit, I developed an interest in Hawaiian native culture/history, and coming from an environmentalist family, have always been really disgusted with the way the islands (especially Maui) have been turned into wasteful, tacky resorts and golf courses.  But it wasn’t until I saw that flag that I started learning more about their struggle with US occupation. (I hope that seeing these flags have inspired more tourists to look into it, as well.)

P.S. for those wanting to know more about the reasons for flying the upside-down flag, this is a good post about it.

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  3. garibov said: You guys should read Sarah Vowell’s book about Hawaii! I haven’t read it but i’ve been meaning to and all her other books have been amazing. She is one of my favorite historical writers. It’s called “Unfamiliar Fishes”
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    :< I don’t understand why our education system has to be so stupid about things like that. Our government is really...
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