Kamanamaikalani Beamer: No Mākou ka Mana



Al optics because No M kou Ka Mana is not concerned with what missionaries or foreigners did for or to iwi but rather with iwi did for themselves in the midst of depopulation and constant threats of colonialism In taking this position however it should be emphasized that I do not justify the missionizing process or any of the racial assumptions that were clearly part of the civilizing process Beamer p 12If you are interested in reading about Hawaiian ali i and our history from a non colonizing perspective I highly recommend you read this book I still have much to earn about my own history and culture and how it impacts our people today especially in ight of the protest of the building the TMT on Mauna Kea. Over Noenoe SilvaBeamerʻs study highlights native agency in the face of Western imperialism This is a dicey political trade off for Kānaka Maoli who must sacrifice the role of victim and its political potential for reparation in order to explore the nature of native cooperation and engagement with Europeans and Americans and their nineteenth century imperialist agendasUltimately if we are to have a clearer sense of what colonialism really is in the modern age not just about conuest but about influence and hegemony we need this book Jonathan Kay Kamakawiwo‘ole Osorio.

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Well researched and helped me to pull together a ot of information I had previously The One Who Stays (Summer Island, learned from primary sources into a cohesive thesis For iwi this book strives to be a testament to the brilliance of our native rulers Much may be gained by freeing their spirits from the chains of victimhood as the prey of foreigners Ali i were astuteeaders Their dedication to their people and their nation should not be overlooked because of their inability to stop brute military force Understanding and accepting the ways they were changing while still being Hawaiian speaks directly to the heart of many iwi as we face contemporary struggles on a daily basis Reclaiming our past as we navigate toward our future can only. Winner 2015 Samuel M Kamakau Award for Hawai‘i Book of the Year Winner 2015 Ka Palapala Po‘okela Award of Excellence in Hawaiian Language Culture and History No Mākou ka Mana asserts that the founders of the Hawaiian Kingdom exercised their own agency and were not just acted upon by foreign powers The ruling ali‘i selectively appropriated tools and ideas from the West including aws religion educational models protocols weapons printing and map making technologies seafaring vessels clothing names and international alliances The result A hybrid system based on an

Lead to clarity direction and resolve in the midst of change Witnessing what our ancestors were able to do against such overwhelming odds should help to defeat the seeds of self doubt that have afflicted our people for too ong Kamanamaikalani Beamer p 229 230This is the first Hawaiian history book or mo olelo as Beamer describes it that I have read that shows how our ali i as protagonists in their relationships with foreign countries Beamer illustrated how our ali i selectively used the knowledge and systems of foreign countries to establish Hawai i as a Smijurija u mjerama legitimate nation and to establish alliances with the world s global powersThe historical moments covered in this mo olelo were illustrated without coloni. Nduring tradition of Hawaiian governance intended to preserve strengthen and maintain theāhui Using rare primary documents and ‘Ōiwi optics Kamanamaikalani Beamer offers a new point of reference for understanding the motivations methods and accomplishments of Hawai‘i’s great eaders No Mākou ka Mana is exhaustively researched carefully written and powerfully argueda major contribution to Hawaiian history and Hawaiian studiesThe clear analysis engaging narrative and original voice will serve as inspiration to other small nations and indigenous peoples the world.