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HWST 341 - Mo'okū'auhau: Hawaiian Genealogies: Kūʻē Petitions

Background Information

The Kū'ē Petitions, also known as the Anti-Annexation Petitions were a collection of signatures of Hawaiian men and women who were opposed to the Annexation of Hawaiʻi to the United States of America. The signatures  were collected island by island by three hui: the Hui Aloha Aina for Women, the Hui Aloha Aina for Men, and the Hui Kalaiaina. These three groups went island by island holding mass town meetings about annexation and obtaining signitures from those who opposed annexation. 

The Research Process

Getting Started - How do I find the Kūʻē Petitions?
The original petitions are located at the United State Archives. However, facsimiles of the original petitions have been widely published and are available online and in the Hawaiian Collection. 

The Kū'ē petitions are organized by island and district, then by men and women. The first thing you want to do is generate a list of your kūpuna that you think lived around this time and were old enough to sign the petition. Then, try to think of where these kūpuna were located. Once you have all that information - go to the appropriate section in either the print or online version of the petitions, then search name by name, column by column. It is a tedious process but well worth it.

The Kūʻē Petitions