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History of the Hawaiian Islands Events and people in Hawaiis history have received a lot of attention in recent years -- the fact that youre reading this is evidence of that There are many differing interpretations of what Hawaii was like before western contact the abilities and accomplishments of the rulers in leading the people of the islands into relationships with the wider world after centuries of near isolation and what actually happened during the period where the sovereignty of the islands passed from the Kingdom of Hawaii to the United States There are as many differing opinions of what all of this means todayWhen studying history its important to understand the difference between facts and interpretations or opinions Some believe that sovereignty never did pass to the US and this opinion is valid so even the statement above would be considered interpretation Others believe that the system of government chosen by the citizens of the United States is superior to any other and this opinion is also valid so these folks might think its meaningless to say any more than Hawaiis now a state everyones better off and all that stuff happened a long time ago so what difference does it make These are ONLY opinions and beliefs though they are not factsAnother important consideration when studying history is that we need to try to put ourselves in the time and place of the people and events we study Times were different Customs were different Even some of the laws were different Neither Hawaii nor the United States was much then like each is today No matter how significant or isolated any single event may seem it should also be viewed in relation to other events in the islands and around the worldA final consideration is to remember that the writer of any history has a reason for writing what they do This is called motive and can influence the way an event
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