A reexamination of Hawaiian history, showing that the ruling aliʻi exercised agency to advance the Hawaiian Kingdom and were not just acted upon by foreign powers.
No Mākou ka Mana asserts that the founders of the Hawaiian Kingdom exercised their own agency. The ruling aliʻi selectively appropriated tools and ideas from the West—including laws, religion, educational models, protocols, weapons, printing and mapmaking technologies, seafaring vessels, clothing, names, and international alliances. The result? A hybrid system based on an enduring tradition of Hawaiian governance intended to preserve, strengthen, and maintain the lāhui.