about Waikiki are a dime a dozen. Waikiki has been used as an exotic
backdrop for Hollywood movies, prime-time television shows, coffee
table pseudo-history books and pulp fiction. The characters are always
glamorous and exotic. Private eyes who fall in love with prostitutes
(always not-haole). Hawaiian princesses who fall in love with sailors
(always haole), and then 'fall' into volcanoes. Lurid, seductive and
otherworldly. These prefab fantasies are embedded into the readers
like these are no accident. They are told and retold, turning conquest
into adventure, imperialism into romance, capitalism into progress. They
work to lure visitors to Waikiki through the promise of escape. They
work to legitimize, or even legislate, the transformation of Hawaii's
people into the nuts and bolts of this fantasy machine. They work
to keep most of Hawaii's people convinced that this is our only option,
or worse, our destiny.
along the way, stories by or of domination and the dominators became
history. And other stories are...
are these other stories?
are these stories that have been left out that can help us understand
what happened here and the world over? What are the stories that can
help us understand what other worlds are possible?