In the 19th century, the Hawai'i archipelago was its own kingdom. But after the "Merrie Monarch," King David Kalakaua, passed away, a group of Americans living in Hawai'i—missionaries, U.S. servicemen, sugar planters, and other entrepreneurs—conspired to overthrow his successor, Queen Lili'uokalani, in 1893. Five years later, Hawai'i was annexed as a colony of the United States. Also in the 1890s, a group of authentic Hawaiian performers...Continue Reading