He puke mele lāhui: Nā mele Kūpa'a, nā mele kū'ē a me nā mele aloha o nā kānaka maoli
Following the overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom in 1893, Kānaka Maoli composed numerous mele lāhui in commemoration of the events. These mele were published in Hawaiian language newspapers, the place where Kānaka Maoli reported the events of their time as well as their opinion about those events. Through the mele lāhui which they composed and published, the Kānaka Maoli reported the historical details of the overthrow and the period following. In the mele are recorded the people's loyalty to their nation, along with their resistance and protest to the abuse of their rights to independence. The composers use language of insult and disparagement in their portrayals and descriptions of those who played vital roles in the overthrow. There are also many mele which are prayers and request the assistance and the blessings of Hawaiians Gods as well as the Christian God. In addition, there are even more mele whose main purpose and theme are expressions of aloha for the Hawaiian Kingdom, the Native people, and their Queen. From that time until today, Kānaka Maoli have continued to compose mele as expressions of our lives and our history, as protest against the continued dominance and subjugation of our people, and as admiration for the loyal and steadfast support of the rights of our land and our people.
0337: American history