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By John P. Rosa

The Massie-Kahahawai case of 1931–1932 shook the Territory of Hawai‘i to its very middle. Thalia Massie, a tender military spouse, alleged that she have been abducted and raped via “some Hawaiian boys” in Waikīkī. a couple of days later, 5 younger males stood accused of her rape. Mishandling of facts and contradictory testimony ended in a mistrial, yet prior to a moment trial may be convened, one of many accused, Horace Ida, was once abducted and crushed by way of a gaggle of army males and a moment, Joseph Kahahawai, lay lifeless from a gunshot wound. Thalia’s husband, Thomas Massie; her mom, Grace Fortescue; and army 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 automobile. stressed from Congress and the military, territorial governor Lawrence McCully Judd commuted their sentences. After spending purely an hour within the governor’s place of work at ‘Iolani Palace, the 4 have been set free.

Local tale is a detailed exam of the way local Hawaiians, Asian immigrants, and others spoke back to demanding situations posed via the army and federal govt through the case’s research and aftermath. as well as offering a concise account of occasions as they spread out, the e-book exhibits how this old narrative has been advised and retold in later a long time to verify a neighborhood id between descendants of working-class local Hawaiians, Asians, and others—in truth, this realizing of the time period “local” within the islands dates from the Massie-Kahahawai case. It seems on the racial and sexual tensions in pre–World struggle II Hawai‘i that stored neighborhood males and white girls 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 debts, a fictionalized television mini-series, and, so much lately, a play and a documentary—all spurring the formation of latest collective stories in regards to the Massie-Kahahawai case.

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