Jon Olsen, author of “Liberate Hawai’i!”, will give a talk on the history of Hawaii with the issue of the sovereignty of Hawaii as a central topic. Olsen’s presentation, titled Why Did Kennebec Valley Mainers Conspire to Overthrow the Queen of Hawai’i?, will be on Tuesday, Aug. 2, at 7 p.m. at Camden Public Library. The Maine State Library recently hosted a joint program with the Kennebec Valley Historical Society featuring Olsen. Organizer Alison Maxell said that Olsen attempts to capture what mainstream history textbooks have left out about the occupation of Hawai’i.

“Jon brings to life Maine’s role in this piece of history. He explains the motivation and circumstances of the Mainers’ interventions in the affairs of a sovereign country, the legal and political ramifications of that action, then and now, and the remedy sought by the contemporary Hawaiian sovereignty movement,” she said.

In the preface of his book, Olsen said he intended to amplify the voices of people in Hawai’i, “acting in the role of a promoter of the excellent research and commentary already done … I have attempted to assemble this information in a manner that I trust will be readily understood by people outside Hawai’i.”

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