A Diary from the Hawaiian woman's perspective at the time of Hawaiian annexation.

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The Diary of a Hawaiian Girl "Heaven"

Aloha! Today is March 30, 1940.

I am Leilani Kamehamela, was born on June 10, 1877 in Napili, Maui. My name means "Heaven" or "Sky," and perhaps this is one of the main reasons I am in love with the island I live on. I can always see the beautiful blue sky reflecting in the ocean, heavenly! I live on the west side of the island, opposite from our beautiful green giants Maukas (Mountains). Jjust by looking at these mountains from far I know my family and I are protected from any harm that might approach us from the powerful ocean. Right in between the Maukas and our little house are the fields of pineapple and sugarcane. This was where I would hide from my dad when I was little, and kissed my first love just two years ago. The shore line, our warm and friendly beaches are getting washed by the amazingly never-ending turquoise Pacific Ocean.

I grew up swimming in this deep and always warm body of water, knowing nothing of the great empires of the Earth. Neither I nor the people of my country ever thought we would be the little piece of land that Europe and U.S. would fight for and force us to belong to any of them. I am 63 years old now and I want to tell you, Diary, what had happened to the people of Hawaii at the time of annexation. It's a story of money, power and betrayal.

Hawaii is beautiful set of islands: Ni'ihau, Kaua'i, O'ahu, Maui, Moloka'i, Lana'i, Kaho'olawe and Hawai'i. All of the islands were formed by volcanoes arising from the sea floor through a vent described in geological theory as a hotspot. We had a good ruler, King Kalakaua, who...