It is most unfortunate that many Hawaiians today have forgotten the historical racism that their kūpuna and even their own Queen experienced. This was one of the reasons that the Monarchy in Hawai’i was very different from the monarchies in Europe–they first hand the racism and prejudices of the time through personal experiences and from political cartoons.
Below is one such example.
The queen was not allowed to stay in certain hotels because either 1) they did not allow “coloreds” or 2) they thought she was black. In one of these hotels, she was directly told that the hotel management did not allow “n*ggers” to stay in their suites. This article by the way was published by the Hawaiian Gazette in December 10, 1901–after the US had already taken over Hawaiʻi–and took place in New York.