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1896: Hawaiian language restricted

Republic of Hawai‘i lawmakers demand that students in both public and private schools be taught only in English rather than Hawaiian, the most common mode of communication on the islands. This restriction ultimately threatens the continuity of the Hawaiian language and deals a significant blow to Native Hawaiian culture. (Hawai‘i Pono‘?, “Key Points in Hawaiian History.”)

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