Lead: Its strategic position and economic potential were too great for Hawaii to retain its independence.

Intro.: "A Moment in Time" with Dan Roberts.

Content: In January 1891 David Kalakaua the last King of the Hawaiians died while on trip to California. His reign had characterized by rising political corruption and the increasing influence of Asian immigrants and white people, most especially citizens of the United States. While resenting this growing foreign influence Kalakaua contributed to it by signing two Reciprocity Treaties with the States which gave Americans a larger share of the Hawaiian economy as each year passed. Toward the end of his life he was forced by public opinion aroused by influential Americans to surrender many of his personal powers to the legislature by agreeing to what his successor called the "bayonet constitution."

 

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