Bell Ringers
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On July 3, 2019

Bell Ringer: Hawaii's Past and Present

Hawaii: Past to Present

This clip discusses changes to Hawaii (HI) as a result of annexation by the United States and lingering effects from that action.


This bellringer details changes for the Native Hawaiian (HI) people since American intervention began in the late 1800s/early 1900s, along with possible changes for the future.

Bell Ringer Assignment

  • Before watching the clip, respond to this question: do race or gender matter with regard to the relationship between leaders and their constituents? Explain your thinking.
  • The speaker proposes the idea that "perception" does matter when it comes to leadership, and insinuates that groups that do not have leaders of a "shared identity" are not doing as well. Do you agree with his account? Why or why not?
  • Chad Blair shares a list of negative consequences as a result of American intervention on the islands throughout the early 1900s. Do you think that these are connected to present issues for Native Hawaiians today? Why or why not?
  • Towards the end of the clip, several options for the future of Native Hawaiians are mentioned. Which do you think would be most successful and why?

Additional Resources



    • Annexation
    • Congressional Delegation
    • Constituents
    • Hawaiian Renaissance
    • Sovereignty


    Civil Rights & Civil LibertiesState HistoryU.S. History


    Middle SchoolHigh School