So, you may have noticed I do a lot of history on my blog. There’s been no real rhyme or reason to the subjects I choose (though I often do “today in history” posts), and I thought I might change that. So this week I’m going to try an experiment: for a week I’ll be running a series of articles grouped within a particular subject. The first subject I’ve chosen is a fascinating one, and one you haven’t seen much of so far: Hawaii!
I’ve never been to Hawaii, but its history has fascinated me since I read James A. Michener’s historical saga Hawaii, which has introduced millions to the fascinating past of this land since the book’s publication in 1959. Many Americans don’t think about the fact that Hawaii is a land with a radically different history than any other part of the United States. Here was a land relatively isolated from human impact until very late in its history, and the migrations of Polynesian peoples to it, sometime in the Middle Ages, form the basis of both its recorded history and the mythology of its peoples. Hawaii was also the only part of the U.S. ever to be a self-contained sovereign monarchy before it was an American state. Kings of England, France, Spain, Holland and Russia have claimed dominions over parts of the U.S. in different times of its history, but these were all colonies; only the Kings of Hawaii ruled what is now U.S. territory as their home nation.
This week, from today, December 1, to next Sunday, December 8, I plan to do one article a day about some aspect of Hawaiian history, from its ancient prehistory to the 20th century. I typically run two articles a day on this blog, one in the morning and one in the evening. The Hawaiian History Week articles will run in the evenings, with the morning article set aside for something else. Maybe this will work, maybe it won’t–but if you like it, tell me in the comments, on Twitter or my Facebook or Google+ pages!
So, say aloha to the 21st century and let’s set sail for the past of this amazing and interesting land, beginning tonight.