Aloha Gentle Readers,
Today is Kamehameha Day, a state holiday in Hawaii that celebrates the unification of the islands under King Kamehameha. Unification is a polite word that substitutes nicely for the rather impolite reality that unification wasn't anyone's choice except Kamehameha's, in fact, the guys on Maui fought him until the creek ran red with their blood.
Unification is also interesting in that a small but vocal (vocal local?) group of locals, like the guy with the red, spray-painted, 4 x 8 sheet of plywood in his front yard proclaiming that Hawaii is for Hawaiians Not Haoles and Senator Akaka, seem to resent everything from statehood to tourism.
UPDATE: Several people emailed to gripe about the lousy Akaka link so here is a better one.
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