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Local StoryThe Massie-Kahahawai Case and the Culture of History$
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John P. Rosa

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780824828257

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824828257.001.0001

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Ha‘ina ‘ia mai

(p.102) Epilogue
Local Story

John P. Rosa

University of Hawai'i Press

This epilogue brings the politics of local identity up to date. It discusses how local identity often involves recollections of the past that evoke emotions that usually go unrecorded by academic accounts of Hawaii’s history. The story of the Massie case has been one of the most powerful ways to express local identity—one that is often shared by indigenous Native Hawaiians and the descendants of Asian, Portuguese, and Puerto Rican immigrants who came to Hawaii to work the fields. Popular narratives of the case appeal to locals because they reach out to ethnic groups and individuals who recognize a common history of racism and oppression.

Keywords:   Massie–Kahahawai case, Hawaii, Hawaiian history, local identity

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