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1603Native Hawaiians Honor Grover Cleveland

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  • Greg Cannon
    Apr 22, 2006

      Native Hawaiians Honor Grover Cleveland

      By CHRIS NEWMARKER, Associated Press Writer Fri Apr
      21, 7:43 PM ET

      TRENTON, N.J. - When it comes to Grover Cleveland,
      many Americans, even residents of his home state of
      New Jersey, have trouble recalling anything about him
      except that he is the only president ever to serve
      non-consecutive terms.

      But 5,000 miles away, Native Hawaiians credit
      Cleveland with sticking up for their rights and
      sovereignty in the 1890s, when sugar plantation owners
      overthrew their queen and asked for annexation by the
      United States.

      So it was on Thursday that three Native Hawaiians
      landed at New York's LaGuardia Airport, carrying about
      20 leis, and found themselves getting lost on New
      Jersey roads as they searched for Cleveland's
      birthplace in Caldwell and the town's First
      Presbyterian Church, where his father was a pastor.

      The Hawaiians are in New Jersey this weekend to pay
      their respects to Cleveland in Caldwell and at his
      grave site in Princeton.

      "We just wanted to come and visit and get a firsthand
      knowledge of the person and history of Cleveland," the
      Rev. Kaleo Patterson said.

      The journey is part of the events leading to an April
      30 national day of prayer for Hawaiian natives.
      Patterson, a United Church of Christ minister, is
      president of the Honolulu-based Pacific Justice and
      Reconciliation Center, which is helping to lead the

      The day of prayer, Patterson said, is meant to raise
      support for efforts to reduce poverty and crime among
      Hawaiian natives, and to push for the granting of some
      form of self-government.

      It was Cleveland who set aside April 30, 1894, as a
      day of prayer and repentance over the U.S. role in the
      overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy.

      Cleveland was president from 1885 to 1889 and again
      from 1893 to 1897. His presidency was dominated by
      such subjects as tariffs and the gold standard.

      "Hardworking, honest, and independent, Cleveland
      nevertheless had no real vision for the future," says
      a biography on a Web site run by the Miller Center of
      Public Affairs at the University of Virginia.

      His caution extended to the flexing of American muscle

      American businessmen overthrew Queen Liliuokalani in a
      January 1893 coup, declared a republic, and requested
      annexation by the United States. Cleveland
      investigated and refused, saying the queen should be
      restored to power.

      It was not until 1898, when Cleveland was out of
      office, that Hawaii became part of the United States.
      It became a state in 1959.

      Patterson said the group has already learned a little
      about Cleveland's early years, and was impressed by
      his strong religious upbringing. Many Hawaiian natives
      know what Cleveland tried to do for them, but have
      scant knowledge about who he was as a person, he said.


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