April 4, 2023
US Marines Landing in Honolulu during the Overthrow of Liliuokalani, 1893. (Source: Hawaii State Archives)
US Marines Landing in Honolulu during the Overthrow of Liliuokalani, 1893. (Source: Hawaii State Archives)

WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 7, 2015) — Iolani Palace: A Hawaiian Place of History, Power, and Prestige, is a new online lesson plan developed by the National Park Service’s Teaching with Historic Places program. The lesson plan features Iolani Palace; a National Historic Landmark located in Honolulu, Hawaii.

In the lesson, students can learn about the political evolution of the Hawaiian Islands, including the Kingdom’s annexation by the United States in 1898, and the ways the Hawaiian royal family and native Hawaiians responded to international attention and new cultures. Students also have the opportunity to discuss American expansionism, indigenous cultures’ response to colonization, and how historic places can hold great power as sites of activism and political protest.

The lesson was developed by Ben Hurwitz, graduate student at George Mason University, and the Teaching with Historic Places program in collaboration with the 1882 Foundation and Iolani Palace.

Iolani Palace: A Hawaiian Place of History, Power, and Prestige is the 161th Teaching with Historic Places online lesson plan and the first published at the program’s new web address. This National Park Service series uses places listed in the National Register of Historic Places to enrich traditional classroom instruction and educational programming in history, social studies, civics, and other subjects. Find lesson plans, professional development, and resources to use historic places in education at http://www.nps.gov/subjects/teachingwithhistoricplaces.


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1 thought on “National Park Service rolls out new lesson plan on Hawaiian history

  1. Two historical failures to ratify an annexation treaty, in 1893 and 1897, means that annexation never actually happened, only the pretense of annexation by joint resolution. This is called Occupation denial and distortion.

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