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By B. Ireland

An exam of how the united states army in Hawaii is depicted by way of museum curators, memorial developers, movie makers, and newspaper newshounds. those mediums show details, and interact their audiences, in ways in which, jointly, shape a strong advocacy for the advantages of militarism within the islands.

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The ‘rebellion’ was over as quickly as it began, although its significance is far greater than its short duration, and certainly deserves more space in Pearl than the Landauers allow. It certainly cannot be dismissed as simply an ‘armed riot or a pathetic revolution’ (137). In fact, Wilcox’s actions in support of the sovereign demonstrate the deep unpopularity of the Hawaiian League among Native Hawaiians. Furthermore, the US Navy did not intervene when the Bayonet Constitution was imposed on Kala¯kaua, yet swiftly moved to support it when threatened by Wilcox’s men.

3 Exterior of US Army Museum. Photo by Brian Ireland. War Stories: A Militarized History of Hawai‘i 27 Museums are in some ways the official depositories of history. Their versions of the past are given weight by the assumption that a museum is a permanent fixture and is thus anchored both in time and space. ’4 Museums use a variety of methods of conveying information, including visual, audio, and tactile — whichever mode will best encourage visitors to respect and trust their version of history.

Wilcox’s men were swiftly repelled and taken prisoner. The ‘rebellion’ was over as quickly as it began, although its significance is far greater than its short duration, and certainly deserves more space in Pearl than the Landauers allow. It certainly cannot be dismissed as simply an ‘armed riot or a pathetic revolution’ (137). In fact, Wilcox’s actions in support of the sovereign demonstrate the deep unpopularity of the Hawaiian League among Native Hawaiians. Furthermore, the US Navy did not intervene when the Bayonet Constitution was imposed on Kala¯kaua, yet swiftly moved to support it when threatened by Wilcox’s men.

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