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No Mākou ka Mana: Liberating the Nation

Written by University of Hawai‘i Professor of Hawaiian Studies Dr. Kamanamaikalani Beamer, No Mākou ka Mana discusses the complex ways in which the ruling ali‘i of the Hawaiian Kingdom engaged with foreign powers, crafting a sophisticated blend of traditional Hawaiian governance with ideas from the west.

“No Mākou Ka Mana is exhaustively researched, carefully written and powerfully argued - a major contribution to Hawaiian history and Hawaiian studies,” says Hawaiian scholar Noenoe Silva. “Beamer demonstrates that the ali‘i and their advisers created their constitutions, laws, and styles of government themselves, keeping the Hawaiian customs that worked and importing European and American practices that they wanted. The clear analysis, engaging narrative, and original voice will serve as inspiration to other small nations and indigenous peoples the world over.”

“Beamer’s study highlights native agency in the face of Western imperialism,” adds University of Hawai‘i Professor Jonathan Osorio. “This is a dicey political trade-off for Kānaka Maoli, who must sacrifice the role of victim – and its political potential for reparation – in order to explore the nature of native cooperation and engagement with Europeans and Americans and their nineteenth-century imperialist agendas.