The Ku‘e Petitions: Historian to discuss early opposition to Hawaii’s annexation

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In 1897, with Queen Liliuokalani kept captive and annexationists lobbying to take the kingdom from her, Hawaiians loyal to the queen signed and circulated petitions against annexation, to be presented to the U.S. Congress.

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In 1897, with Queen Liliuokalani kept captive and annexationists lobbying to take the kingdom from her, Hawaiians loyal to the queen signed and circulated petitions against annexation, to be presented to the U.S. Congress.

Representing nearly the entire Hawaiian population at that time, collectively they were a strong statement of opposition. Were the petitions heard? What happened? Historian Boyd D. Bond will explore this seminal episode in Hawaii’s history during a free presentation from 7-8:30 p.m. Monday at the Lyman Museum.

The nationally accredited and Smithsonian-affiliated Lyman Museum showcases the natural and cultural history of Hawaii.

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Located in historic downtown Hilo at 276 Haili St., the museum is open 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

For more information about Bond’s talk or the museum, call 935-5021 or visit www.lymanmuseum.org.

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