Date of Award
College of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences, Anthropology
Diversity, Hawai'i, Plantation museums, Representation, Tourism sites
This thesis explores the ways that the involvement of diverse stakeholders at Hawai’i plantation museums affects representations of Hawai’i’s plantation history. Plantations in Hawai’i had a direct colonizing effect on Kānaka Maoli (Native Hawaiians), displacing them from their lands, replacing them with immigrant laborers, and putting into motion the chain of events that led to Hawai’i’s annexation in 1898. The current-day population in Hawai’i continues to reflect these significant changes in the society and culture of the islands. Hawai’i’s plantation museums traverse topics of labor, immigration, indentured servitude, and colonization. Simultaneously, these museums advance stories of perseverance, celebration, and multiculturalism. Through a museum ethnography of four Hawai’i plantation museums, I explore how locals and descendants of plantation laborers manage, curate, and recontextualize this history. I also explore how Kānaka Maoli displacement continues to be underrepresented in these museums, despite the roles that plantations had in the colonization of the islands.
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Amanda Ku’ualohalanileimakamae Lane
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Lane, Amanda Ku’ualohalanileimakamae, "Representing the Mixed Plate: Involving Descendant Communities and Kānaka Maoli in Hawai’i Plantation Museums" (2023). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 2353.
Museum studies, History, Ethnic studies