E Mau Ke Ea: The Sovereign Hawaiian Nation

January 17, 2016–January 2, 2017
Washington, DC

Hawai`i was an independent kingdom until 1893, when non-Native businessmen, supported by U.S. diplomats and Marines, overthrew the monarchy and declared themselves the new government. E Mau Ke Ea: The Sovereign Hawaiian Nation takes visitors through the history of the Hawaiian Nation, from the consolidation of the islands by King Kamehameha I in 1810 and the establishment of a society based on law, literacy, and diplomacy; through the undermining of Hawai`i's independence and its annexation by the United States; to the rise of the Hawaiian rights movement in the late 1960s and the resurgence of Hawaiian nationalism today. Developed by the museum in close collaboration with Hawaiian scholars, political leaders, and community members, the exhibition uses photographs, documents, music, artifacts, and video, to present Hawai`i’s contested past and the possibilities of its future.