New book shows life in Hawaii before its conquest by the United States

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R. K. Lindsey, Jr. portrays the overthrow of Hawaii’s sovereign government in ‘The 5th of July’

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With his new book, author R. K. Lindsey, Jr. reminds his readers that Hawaii was once a sovereign kingdom before it was taken over by the United States of America. In “The 5th of July”, he tells a tale of historical fiction, portraying the overthrow of the island’s government through the eyes of several characters whose perspectives will take readers back through time to witness a pivotal moment in Hawaiian history.

Lindsey dares to ask, “Did you know that Hawaii was stolen from Her Majesty Queen Lili’uokalani and the Hawaiian people in 1893 by the United States of America?” as his narrative depicts the machinations of a cabal of American politicians and businessmen, the ensuing invasion by armed U.S. troops of a sovereign foreign nation, and the ramifications this has on the culture and society of an entire people. These events, which took place during the turn of the 20th century, mirror many of the happenings in the present day, making the stories Lindsey tells with his cast of characters all the more relevant and resonant. One of the lesser fictionalized characters in “The 5th of July” is Abigail Hathaway McMoore. Through her tale, the author conveys an important lesson: “for the sake of our children and the children of the world, we should not be bitter toward change but embrace it, be its advocate, not its victim; its champion, not tormentor; its friend, not adversary.” As a contemporary Hawaiian, Lindsey subscribes to that philosophy and conveys it in his writing.

For those interested in history as well as a riveting narrative, Lindsey provides ample servings of both in “The 5th of July.”. Readers will discover unsung truths about the acquisition of America’s 50th state, which may shock them or show them parallels between past and present.

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About the Author
Robert K. Lindsey is a keiki o ka ‘âina, a child of the land, born in Hilo on the biggest Hawaiian island, and raised in Waimea at the foothills of the Kohala mountains. In his work life, Lindsey has strived to serve the interests of his lâhui (people) to the best of his abilities, first as a social worker with the Family Court of the Third Circuit, then as a park ranger with the National Park Service at Pu‘ukoholâ Heiau National Historic Site. He also served as the land assets director—Hawai‘i Island with Kamehameha Schools (1994–2004)—and is currently a trustee with the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (2005–2013). He is also a Hawaiian Home Lands lessee (1986–2085). Lindsey believes that “as Hawaiian Americans living in a globalized world, for the sake of Mother Earth and our children, the pono (right) thing for us to do is to let bygones be bygones and to forgive but not forget the sins of yesteryears that were committed against us. We must live joyously in the moment and look with hope and optimism to the future.”

The 5th of July * by R.K. Lindsey Jr.
Publication Date: February 14, 2014
Trade Paperback; $15.99; 208 pages; 9781493162550
Trade Hardback; $22.99; 208 pages; 9781493162567
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