Hawaiian Renaissance

Hawaiian Renaissance

Hawaiian Renaissance

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The First and Second Hawaiian Renaissance (also often called the Hawaiian Cultural Renaissance) was the Hawaiian resurgence of a distinct cultural identity that draws upon traditional kānaka maoli culture, with a significant divergence from the tourism-based "culture" which Hawaii was previously known for worldwide (along with the rest of Polynesia).

First Hawaiian Renaissance

The First Hawaiian Renaissance had its foundation in the nationalism sentiments of King Kamehameha V. At the time Hawaii was an independent kingdom. The intention was to from a contemporary national identity rather than modeling Hawaii after Great Britain and the Culture of the United States. King Kalākaua had controversial rise to power which included an election riot upon public awareness of the results. His formal coronation under foreign military security gave the impression he took power by force rather than popularity.

Kalākaua had took steps to perpetuated nationalism. Kalākaua replaced the considerably Christian national anthem He Mele Lahui Hawaii with Hawaiʻi Ponoʻī in 1876 inspired by Kamehameha I. He had the aged ʻIolani Palace rebuilt starting in 1879 and finishing in 1882.

Despite early efforts to earn favor with his people growing views he was abandoning his people continued, Kalākaua intended to re-invent himself worthy as a ruler.

Kalākaua spent three years planning his second coronation in 1883 to erase the impression given by his first,...
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