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“That population happened to have dark skin. The missionaries would have felt the same had they evangelized newly discovered islands of Scandinavia. The early missionary letters and literature are remarkably free of overtly racist epithets, not least because they discovered the Hawaiians to be quick and perceptive and intelligent enough to have emerged from a culture with no written language to the highest literacy rate in the world in less than a generation.”

James L. Haley
Captive Paradise: A History of Hawaii

“When you feel like quitting think about why you started.”

“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