Time period 1838-1898
cultural values, expansionism,
politics, racism, exploitation
Lili'uokalani, who ruled Hawaii in the late 1800 moved easily between two
worlds. Although deeply rooted in Hawaiian tradition, the queen dined at the
White House and visited with European royalty. But as the American business
community in Hawaii grew stronger, Lili'uokalani found herself trapped between
the two worlds and witnessed the monarchy slip away.
- How did missionaries influence colonization of the New World?
- As students watch, have them take notes on how Americans gained political
and economic power in Hawaii.
- How were missionaries portrayed in the program? Did this portrayal surprise
you? Why or why not?
- How did Americans gain political and economic power in Hawaii? How were the
experiences of Hawaiians and Native Americans in the 1800s similiar or different?
Have students research how U.S. laws have changed the lives of Native American
- Who or what influenced changes in Hawaiian culture? How were Lili'uokalani's
identity and values influenced by Hawaiian and American cultures? Ask students
to write about how their own identities, values, or daily lives are influenced by
- What factors inspire nationalism? When is it beneficial? When is it
dangerous? How did it influence Hawaiians and Americans in the program?
- Compare the leadership styles of Lili'uokalani and her brother. What were
their strengths and weaknesses? What were the strengths and weaknesses of
leaders in other countries and historical periods?