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Do you know of any radical/anti-bourgeois-capitalist-imperialist historical accounts of the Hawaiian islands?

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Anarchist in Hawaii looking for a history of the islands that isn't corrupted by capitalist interests and bourgeois elements (kind of like Zinn's history of the US but that's maybe not the best example, I think you get the gist of what I'm looking for though).
I'm hoping to learn if Hawaiians could find usefulness and/or cultural compatibility in anarchy, and if radical white race traitors can become allies instead of simply haoles; as many Hawaiians I encounter, while disliking haoles for the most part, seem to have no qualms upholding a class system, showing out for the rich honkeys, cooperating with and enforcing state violence (most cops are Hawaiian), etc.
asked Dec 24, 2013 by anonymous
I am making this a comment because it is not specifically anarchist in answer, but the book Decolonizing Methodologies by Linda Tuhiwai Smith might be of interest. It is definitely academic (concerning ideas of "research" in indigenous populations) and definitely not-anarchist, but I have found that some of the core concepts have been helpful in projects I have been involved in.

Anarchists in Hawaii have been involved in land struggles, anti-militarism campaigns and eco-defense actions, but when I went there several years ago to visit an ex's parents I could find no obvious signs of anarchists (FWIW I didn't manage to leave the city of Honolulu the whole time I was there) - I did find a marxist bookstore and suckered them into letting me leave some anarchist propaganda on the free lit rack, and I saw a guy with an AK press shirt at a bar, if that counts. What I did find were lots of folks who were happy to meet people from the mainland that were not just tourists treating Honolulu as one part of some kind of "It's a Small World" experience and that were comfortable seeing more than just the beaches and blended drinks with umbrellas.


I also think it is important to recognize that people do what they need to do to survive, and tourism is the dominant economy of modern day Hawaii. Playing the friendly native to white tourists probably pays the bills the same as shucking and jiving did (does) for black folks in america. I expect that native Hawaiians do hate it, and hate haoles even more for it.

Adding to my initial comment - If you haven't seen An Act of War, a documentary about the 1893 U.S. invasion, it is pretty good, as I recall. It was produced by a native sovereignty activist and professor Haunani-Kay Trask, who has also written several books including "From a Native Daughter" of which I've only read excerpts. Similar to the book I suggested above (Decolonizing...) it is quite definitely not anarchist, and there is plenty to be critical of within it, but it is a good start to understanding the history of struggles there.

Additional edit: I just remembered that there was (once upon a time) an anarcho-punk band from Hawaii called the "White Roses" or something like that. Being an anarcho-punk band, it is hard to say just where their politics actually fell, but possibly worth checking out or researching (I expect the band doesn't exist, but perhaps if you can track down members they can point you in good directions...)

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