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By John P. Rosa

The Massie-Kahahawai case of 1931–1932 shook the Territory of Hawai‘i to its very center. Thalia Massie, a tender military spouse, alleged that she have been abducted and raped via “some Hawaiian boys” in Waikīkī. a number of days later, 5 younger males stood accused of her rape. Mishandling of proof and contradictory testimony ended in a mistrial, yet earlier than a moment trial will be convened, one of many accused, Horace Ida, used to be abducted and crushed by means of a gaggle of military males and a moment, Joseph Kahahawai, lay lifeless from a gunshot wound. Thalia’s husband, Thomas Massie; her mom, Grace Fortescue; and military males have been convicted of the lesser cost of manslaughter, regardless of witnesses who observed them kidnap Kahahawai and the later discovery of his physique in Massie’s motor vehicle. stressed from Congress and the military, territorial governor Lawrence McCully Judd commuted their sentences. After spending in basic terms an hour within the governor’s place of work at ‘Iolani Palace, the 4 have been set free.

Local tale is an in depth exam of the way local Hawaiians, Asian immigrants, and others spoke back to demanding situations posed through the army and federal executive in the course of the case’s research and aftermath. as well as supplying a concise account of occasions as they opened up, the publication exhibits how this old narrative has been instructed and retold in later many years to confirm an area id between descendants of working-class local Hawaiians, Asians, and others—in truth, this knowing of the time period “local” within the islands dates from the Massie-Kahahawai case. It appears on the racial and sexual tensions in pre–World struggle II Hawai‘i that stored neighborhood males and white ladies aside and on the uneasy courting among federal and army officers and territorial directors. finally, it examines the revival of curiosity within the case within the previous few many years: real crime money owed, a fictionalized television mini-series, and, such a lot lately, a play and a documentary—all spurring the formation of recent collective stories concerning the Massie-Kahahawai case.

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