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Asian Settler ColonialismFrom Local Governance to the Habits of Everyday Life in Hawaii$
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Candace Fujikane and Jonathan Y. Okamura

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780824830151

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824830151.001.0001

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The Militarizing of Hawai‘i

The Militarizing of Hawai‘i

Occupation, Accommodation, and Resistance

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(p.170) The Militarizing of Hawai‘i
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Asian Settler Colonialism
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Kyle Kajihiro

Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824830151.003.0010

This chapter examines the normalization and naturalization of the military in Hawai‘i. Hawai‘i has long been a centerpiece of U.S. military strategy, given its location at the crossroads of Asia-Pacific commerce. The forces of militarism and imperialism have thus indelibly shaped modern Hawai‘i. The chapter provides an overview of the impact of militarism on Hawai‘i, then argues that despite the ways that the militarization of Hawai‘i is presented as unassailable, this militarism presents contradictions that are openings for intervention and social and political transformation. The chapter concludes by examining key contemporary examples of people's movements challenging the military in Hawai‘i, including Native struggles at Kaho‘olawe, west Kaua‘i, Waikāne, Pōhakuloa, and Mākua.

Keywords:   militarism, U.S. military, militarization, Hawai‘i, social transformation, political transformation, imperialism

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