1st Edition

Racial Harmony Is Achievable Lessons from the Kingdom of Hawai'i

By Michael Haas Copyright 2017
    124 Pages
    by Routledge

    124 Pages
    by Routledge

    Racial and social relations can become harmonious and serene in every country of the world. Racism can be eliminated. The Kingdom of Hawaiʽi during the nineteenth century reveals a history of responsive politicians, economic progress, environmental preservation, and serene race relations because of a cultural lifestyle that can be emulated. But not everything was rosy. Severe challenges emerged after the discovery of the Islands in 1778. The leaders and the people responded to various intrusions in an exemplary manner, while the same problems have provoked endless conflict and social disintegration that plague the world today.

    Using analytical methods, this book recounts how the people of the Islands overcame civil wars, decimating diseases, ecosystem despoliation, religious conflicts, the uprooting of feudalism, worker exploitation, imperialist threats, coups, and a massive influx of new residents who quickly became acculturated. But the Kingdom of Hawaiʽi ended because of a flagrant violation of international law that calls out to be reversed.

    The world needs to know how a society of Caucasians, Chinese, Japanese, Mexicans, Native Hawaiians, and others worked together to solve problems that seem intractable elsewhere. Until the secret is revealed, the world seems doomed to constant turbulence. Presenting a plan for social transformation, this book will be of key interest in the fields of political science, public affairs, sociology, and Hawaiian studies.

    Part I: Introduction

    1. The Spirit of Aloha

    Part II: Historic Challenges to the Kingdom of Hawai‘i

    2. Civil Wars

    3. Epidemics

    4. The Threat of Colonization

    5. Religious Conflicts

    6. Environmental Despoliation

    7. Transformation from Feudalism to Capitalism

    8. Foreigners Overwhelm Natives

    9. Differential Treatment Based on Race and Sex

    10. Civil Unrest and Coup Attempts

    Part III: A Kingdom Falls

    11. A Coup Topples a Kingdom

    12. White Racism Takes Over

    Part IV: Legacy of the Kingdom of Hawai‛i

    13. Zeal for Progress

    14. A Model for the World


    Michael Haas is an Emeritus Professor of Political Science at the University of Hawaiʽi, USA. He has also held many visiting positions at a number of USA- and UK-based universities. The author of more than fifty books, he was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 2009.