The United States acquired Hawai`i through force.
Queen Lili'uokalani, Hawai`i's last Queen, was deposed on Jan. 17, 1893, by a group of American businessmen supported by the United States Navy and Marine Corps and diplomatic representatives.
Sovereignty of Hawai`i was allegedly transferred to the US on August 12, 1898 during ceremonies at `Iolani Palace in Honolulu, on the island of O`ahu.
Hawai`i allegedly became a US territory in 1900.
On November 23, 1993, The United States apologized for illegally overthrowing the Kingdom of Hawai`i, and recognized the inherent sovereignty and right of self-determination of native islanders.
Needless to say, a lot of shady events took place between January 17,1893 and August 21, 1959.
Thatʻs why Hawaiian sovereignty is a hot issue in the islands and will remain so until the US de-occupys Hawai`i and restores the Hawaiian Kingdom government.
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