Hawaii 78 (rpm that is)

June 24, 2014

I found this recording in a stack of 78s I rescued. What a surprise! It was obviously meant to be found by me. What should be of interest is that this voice appears to be a liminal, person-off-the-street perspective, unfiltered by historical perspective, in limbo between the Hawaiian Nation and the US. This is a voice that is hopeful and without the disappointment of what many soon felt to be the hollow promise of opportunity, before the realization that statehood meant displacement by corporatization and foreign investment.

An educated guess is that it was recorded between 1949 and 1954 during the time of the Statehood Congressional Hearings before the Tennessee Plan and the coupling of Hawaii and Alaska.

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