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I've been reading Aloha Betrayed: Native Hawaiian Resistance to American Colonialism, by Noenoe Silva.  This book was one from which a couple of readings for my Ethnic Studies/Womens Studies class in Fall '06 were excerpted from.  It documents Hawaiian history using Hawaiian language sources - which is, sadly, a novel concept.  It is only through reading sources in the native language that the Kanaka - the Native Hawaiian - side of the story is revealed.

Anyway, it got me to thinking, and I excerpt from my notebook here:

"It might be thought thus:

Hawaii was truly a paradise, a place of gods (yes, even the maka'ainana were gods).  There was only required enough work to feed oneself and family.  The rest was leisure.  Was that not paradise?  Then the haole came, the missionaries.  Not understanding this, they brought the Kanaka down from their heaven into mortal Hell."


and then compare with Greek mythology, "vacations" of today, etc.

This was in response to the missionaries' belief that only labor and work were righteous, and idleness evil.