The dark history of the overthrow of Hawaii – Sydney Iaukea

The dark history of the overthrow of Hawaii – Sydney Iaukea

Get to know the story of Queen Liliʻuokalani, the last queen of Hawaii, and how she fought the US annexation of the islands.

On January 16th, 1895, two men arrived at Liliʻuokalani’s door, arrested her, and imprisoned her. The Missionary Party had recently seized power and now confiscated her diaries, ransacked her house, and claimed her lands. Liliʻuokalani was Hawaii’s queen and she ruled through one of the most turbulent periods of its history. Sydney Iaukea shares how the ruler fought the annexation of Hawaii.

Lesson by Sydney Iaukea, directed by Luísa M H Copetti, Hype CG.

Support Our Non-Profit Mission
Support us on Patreon:
Check out our merch:

Connect With Us
Sign up for our newsletter:
Follow us on Facebook:
Find us on Twitter:
Peep us on Instagram:

Keep Learning
View full lesson:
Dig deeper with additional resources:

Animator’s website: and

Thank you so much to our patrons for your support! Without you this video would not be possible! Jose Arcadio Valdes Franco, Sebastiaan Vleugels, JY Kang, Abhishek Goel, Heidi Stolt, Christina Salvatore, Karlee Finch, Michael Goldberg, Denise A Pitts, Doug Henry, Keven Webb, Mihai Sandu, Deepak Iyer, Javid Gozalov, Kyanta Yap, Rebecca Reineke, William Biersdorf, Patricia Alves Panagides, Yvette Mocete, Cyrus Garay, Brad Sullivan, Samuel Barbas, Brighteagle, LadyGeek , Curtis Light, Dianne Palomar, Marin Kovachev, Karen Ho, Fahad Nasser Chowdhury, Penelope Misquitta, Hans Peng, Gaurav Mathur, Erik Biemans, Tony, Michelle, Katie and Josh Pedretti, Sunny Patel, Hoai Nam Tran, Stina Boberg, Kack-Kyun Kim, Michael Braun-Boghos, zjweele13, Jurjen Geleijn, Anna-Pitschna Kunz, Edla Paniguel, Thomas Mungavan, Jaron Blackburn, Venkat Venkatakrishnan, ReuniteKorea, Aaron Henson, Rohan Gupta, Begum Tutuncu, Mikhail Shkirev and Brian Richards.


  1. skittle on March 14, 2023 at 3:03 pm

    Yall hate white (👹) people so much

  2. Skys on March 14, 2023 at 3:03 pm

    Long live da queen

  3. Anthony Mort on March 14, 2023 at 3:04 pm

    Yeah America will insist that they’re the good guys yeah right that’s yet to be seen

  4. Heart Attack on March 14, 2023 at 3:04 pm

    Wow talk about having no will to fight back by all the natives

  5. Majid Osei on March 14, 2023 at 3:04 pm

    White people!! SMH😖😡

  6. Eigelgregoss Weisse on March 14, 2023 at 3:05 pm

    And they complain about China invading Taiwan. They want to have a global war over this island. Imagine Japan or some other country trying to defend Hawaii.

  7. Jarid Gaming on March 14, 2023 at 3:07 pm

    Give back Hawaiian Lands! The USA is still Militarily occupying Hawaii

  8. Khumoyun Akhmedov on March 14, 2023 at 3:08 pm

    Yee. This is how American Democracy work. They demand freedom, human rights and bla bla bla from others and do the opposite by themselves, what a justice

  9. Andrew Reynolds on March 14, 2023 at 3:09 pm

    I heard about this like about last year in my high school of 12th grade and it pissed me off for what my country did but with the ever influence of china’s communist regime, domination of world trade, commisting harsh human rights violations, and stuff like genocide its really gonna be hard for now for the Hawaiian people to get their independence back sense rn the world is on the verge of the first time for the 44 of the worlds powers leading powers to possibly going to war for the first time sense ww2 if I remember correctly from how many died in ww2 video on yt

  10. xGH808x on March 14, 2023 at 3:09 pm

    I think someone from Hawai’i should’ve helped with this voice over

  11. David Cabreón Muñoz on March 14, 2023 at 3:12 pm

    Hawaiians: Our land is looted and illegaly ocupied by USA.
    Mexicans, Natives Americans, Filipinos, Panamanians & Puerto Ricans: First time?

  12. Liam Stanton on March 14, 2023 at 3:15 pm

    I love how the “treaty” had nothing to do with the sovereign nation of Hawaii assenting to it. Like let’s have a “treaty of annexation” with the Bahamas. And just take them. I’m sure it would stand up well

  13. Anthony Wike on March 14, 2023 at 3:15 pm

    So sad man.

  14. Tino V on March 14, 2023 at 3:16 pm

    Crazy murican Europeans always stealing other people’s land

  15. Danial Saaid on March 14, 2023 at 3:16 pm

    It’s always the Americans.

  16. Carl StClair on March 14, 2023 at 3:17 pm

    Dear TED-ed. It was not the missionary’s, agenda… What where the names of the White group of business men??

  17. Joey Baseball on March 14, 2023 at 3:19 pm

    Why don’t the brits do this?

  18. Jess Kēhau Lucas on March 14, 2023 at 3:20 pm

    i appreciate the telling of our stories but would have appreciated more cultural sensitivity to pronunciation of names of our monarchs (as executed by narrator)

  19. Isaiah Love on March 14, 2023 at 3:22 pm

    The way you say "white" makes me assume they’re jews.

  20. jonzo22 on March 14, 2023 at 3:22 pm

    They should play this at the airport! I would have liked to know before going there.

  21. Dovahkiin on March 14, 2023 at 3:23 pm

    I vote for Hawaiian independence!

  22. Kerensa Birch on March 14, 2023 at 3:23 pm

    And yet, ironically, today Americans enjoy Hawaiian culture enough to bastardize it for their own tourist opportunities and entertainment.

  23. Dark Matters on March 14, 2023 at 3:27 pm

    A bunch of white men brutally opressing POC and women. Nothing new, unfortunately. Although I was pretty poorly informed about the history of Hawaii and its annexation by the US. Thank you for the video.

  24. kittu singh on March 14, 2023 at 3:27 pm

    Americans are BRUTAL!!! 😠😠

  25. Frank Blankenship Bacharach on March 14, 2023 at 3:29 pm

    PUBLICLY IDENTIFY ALL THE DESCENDANTS WHO BENEFITED / PROFITED FROM THE WAR CRIMINAL ACT !!!!! (EVERY MEMBER OF THE ILLEGITIMATE COMMITTEES, COUNCILS, ETC). Make their notoriety such that they can not be allowed to live in Hawaii with any degree of happiness. THEY – ALL – SHOULD BE SHUNNED, MARGINALIZED, AND SANCTIONED IN EVERY WAY CONCEIVABLE ……… NOT SERVED, WAITED ON, PATRONIZED, TALKED TO, LISTENED TO, ‘SEEN’, … NOTHING … AS IF THEY WERE AS ‘INVISIBLE’ (NOT PRESENT) AS ONE WOULD WISH THEIR ANCESTORS HAD BEEN. Don’t fall for the words of the colonizer as the Palestinians have too long done … they are not friends, or ‘fellow citizens’ – they are ENEMIES determined to (ultimately) have all the land to themselves.

  26. giovanni Anjilow on March 14, 2023 at 3:32 pm

    Just like North America

  27. schellstarr on March 14, 2023 at 3:34 pm

    One off many reasons most nations see USA government as hypocrites of the highest order. 24 carat tin hypocrites. An entire list coud be listed. And as regards the Western nations the entire globe as been siezed bia violence only and these nations left – to this dat 11.94.22 in sheer Destitution, in truth keft in far worst condition on every way imaginable than their ancestors in the so called stone age- not that most nations were in stony lands only those who fled to siezed others birthrights..
    For years in was kept u Der wraps however the world wide web opened the extent of such devastation for all to see know it wasn’t just their native lands literally destroyed in the name of "progress" and conversions to a creed they the invaders did not practice in any way- none, not ant otherwise the planet would not be at war attempting to vomit the present inhabitants out up off of her.

  28. Lisa chang on March 14, 2023 at 3:34 pm

    wonderful animation but the narrartor messed up the pronunciation of Liliʻuokalaniʻs name. more respect is needed in speaking hawaiian words and names correctly. you could have asked a few language experts on how to speak the language. auwe. can you do it again but speak her name properly. that would be huge.

  29. ImfamousHUE on March 14, 2023 at 3:36 pm

    This is tragic. This is why i support no government. Let people live their lives!

  30. John Freddy on March 14, 2023 at 3:38 pm

    130 years since the US illegally stole the Hawaiian Kingdom, and made it into an illegitimate and illegal state of the US. Queen Lili‘uokalani never stopped fighting for her people and land until her final breath. Rest in peace our Queen and the Hawaiian Kingdom.

  31. kiku070 on March 14, 2023 at 3:40 pm

    we need more content explaining the less known history of poc. the fact that hawaii’s history isn’t known by all us citizens makes me sad

  32. Nirvana Crown on March 14, 2023 at 3:44 pm

    Couldn’t even speak their own language nor hula here! And Dole (pineapple) ha much to do with all of this

  33. Alyson onOahu on March 14, 2023 at 3:45 pm

    1820…conquered. worked with alii…..Alii…… and then took over… Kalakaua signed
    Kalakaua signed it
    It happened yup
    Queen tried ..but failed
    She failed. They were Conquered.

  34. AKTIMANE on March 14, 2023 at 3:45 pm

    i cried watching this. so sad how such a rich and beautiful culture gets annexed, destroyed for capitalistic and military interests. humanity can be absolutely beautiful at times but i hate that there is no place for love and peace in this world. at least not as long as there is more money to be made

  35. Cardigan Backyardigan on March 14, 2023 at 3:46 pm

    it makes me not be american some times 😢

  36. Lou S. on March 14, 2023 at 3:46 pm

    Hawaii makes me think of how Palestine has been stolen – except that Hawaiens were not kicked out of their country – but they were stripped of all their rights and the way their lands have been stolen … by American army and others … It is horrible

  37. arj on March 14, 2023 at 3:47 pm

    So…. Um hmmm.

  38. Olivia Wagner on March 14, 2023 at 3:51 pm

    I would love to have a documentary of those on the island who feel this way. As a mixed race American, there are many races amongst the country that go against one another, when the common denominator is never spoken on. The natives of this land, the Hawaiian natives, immigrants… All have different experiences but a common pain. I heard in another video that they with the back up overthrew her and it honestly made me think of the monarchy of you know who

  39. Cody Shi on March 14, 2023 at 3:51 pm

    Since we all know that the Hawaii Kingdom was a constitutional monarchy. Does anyone know a website where I can find a pdf of the Hawaii Kingdom constitution and a list of Hawaii’s prime minister throughout history.

  40. Vega (Alpha Lyrae) on March 14, 2023 at 3:51 pm

    Russia: I thought annexing Crimea was sad 😧

  41. bruh on March 14, 2023 at 3:52 pm

    One of the stories I heard growing up was that Queen Lili’uokalani was trapped in her own room until she gave Hawaii to the US.

  42. South Texas Border Adventures on March 14, 2023 at 3:52 pm

    There is much more to the story.

  43. Alyson onOahu on March 14, 2023 at 3:53 pm

    Hawaiians were conquered. Happens

  44. 𝕚𝕥𝕤.𝚎𝚖𝚒𝚕𝚢𝚔7🇸🇬 on March 14, 2023 at 3:55 pm

    its funny to remember that they accused china of occupying tibet, but they annexed hawaii illegally and the world is silent about this! china came to tibet for good reasons, but what is the reason for usa to come to hawaii?

  45. Alyson onOahu on March 14, 2023 at 3:56 pm

    1898 McKinley…..again

  46. FunctionForm on March 14, 2023 at 3:57 pm

    Sorry, but I actually sort of thought this video was terribly incomplete. A lot of references to “people”, and “groups”, and “Missionaries.” But in order for it to truly be understood, we need to understand exactly who those people were, and exactly what agreements or lack of agreements there were between the Hawaiian government or royalty, and these other groups. It’s interesting, but if I had to give this video a grade, I would give it a C-.

  47. SkySoldier on March 14, 2023 at 3:58 pm

    This video glances over how the Hawaiian “nobility” sold out their own people. It didn’t become a problem until they lost their wealth and control. They lucked out that it was the US that secured them. Had it been A European country they would have fallen to the Japanese and eventually the Chinese. Fact is becoming a US state saved them from War and poverty. If they were independent today they would be a third world country with nice beaches.

  48. Cody Shi on March 14, 2023 at 3:59 pm

    Is the Hawaiian language being taught in any public school in Hawaii, as a language course?

  49. Kyle Bittner on March 14, 2023 at 4:00 pm

    KILL WHITIE!! -Chris Farley. Is this a 1619 vid?

  50. Vlad Siminica on March 14, 2023 at 4:02 pm

    In 1959, Hawaii devine al 50-lea stat al S.U.A. , iar în 1993 , hawaiienii si-au redobândit drepturile politice , pierdute acum 100 de ani , odată cu răsturnarea monarhiei si proclamarea republicii

Leave a Comment