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The Long Blue Line: Hawaiian keepers of the light

May 23, 2017

From the Coast Guard section of the dodlive.mil website

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In 1898, the same year the United States triumphed in the Spanish-American War, Congress passed legislation annexing the Hawaiian Islands. This act solidified Hawaii as an outpost for American commerce and the U.S. military. The new territory proved a source for outstanding U.S. Lighthouse Service lighthouse keepers, many of whom were native Hawaiians.

Among others, native-born keepers included William Aalona, Isaac Kalua, Frederick Nihoa, John Kaukaliu, Edward Moealoha, John Kanekoa, Charles Akana, and David Kahaunaele; and locally famous keepers Samuel Amalu and Manuel Ferreira.

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