rockyrock wrote:Haha, not bad for a upper midwest guy :-)
Thanks! My interest in Hawaii actually started with learning to play ukulele, which I've been doing for a few weeks now, and as part of that you learn a bit about the culture, language and history of Hawaii. I'd always of course loved the fact it's a tropical paradise, but I was frankly horrified to learn the history of US aggression and imperialism and how they basically forced "regime change" of a peaceful monarchy so that our businessmen could profit from the island. Mind you these rulers never threatened anyone, had no weapons of mass destruction and didn't fly planes into buildings (though from what I read they were a bit ineffective but that's not a crime) but we still sent in the marines to "liberate" them anyway. If other countries did what we did in Hawaii, we'd be screaming how horrible they are, but if we do it, that's ok. It's kind of eye-opening when you read this stuff and see what your government is REALLY like (hint: the exact same as the rest of them).
Anyway, it looks like you want to go there?