1 The Massie Trial Kaeden Shim 12/18/18
The Massie Trial, an incident that shaped the image of Hawaii in 1931, brought along many controversies and drama to the isolated islands. Many know about the death of Joseph Kahahawai, who was put on trial, but don’t know the in-depth details about the case. the facts of the case need to be talked about and people need to know of the injustice of the case. One of the main facts about the case that many people do not know is that the way that the 5 local men, who were seen the perpetrators, were brought in was not just. According to Thalia Massie, the woman who claimed to have been raped by a group of locals, the car they were driving was very vague and it was too dark for her to see their faces and she did not get their license plate either. Though she somehow got the information of the people the police officers of the men they were bringing in. When the police officers brought them in she miraculously got a description of the men and the car that they were driving. This is only one of the unjust things that occurred during this trial. A well-known fact about this case that is common knowledge among many people is the killing of Joseph Kahahawai. Naval officers, that wanted to take Justice into their own hands, picked up Kahahawai after a mistrial. Kahahawai plead not guilty because he claimed he did not do the crime. The naval officers thought that there was a mistrial because of the fact that many of the people that were on the jury were locals. They believed that this swayed the opinion of the jury and it was biased. After this happened the naval officers forced Kahahawai into a car in broad day light and took him to a secluded place to interrogate him. As they were trying to force a confession they got very frustrated and one of the officers ended up shooting Kahahawai. They were trying to take the body to the docks to dump him in the water, but were tipped off about the car so the police stopped them in their tracks. One of the ways the police found their car was because of the curtains over the windows. This seemed suspicious and constituted a stop.
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- Fall '18
- Umi Perkins
- War rape, Independent Digital News, Joseph Kahahawai, Thalia Massie