University of Hawai'i at Manoa

CPS Filipino Centennial Lecture Series

America's Leap into Imperialism:
1898, Hawaii and the Philippines

By Tom Coffman

About the Lecture:

Virtually unknown to the American people, the Spanish-American War of 1898 and the closely associated Philippine-American war reconfigured the USA into a far-flung imperial power. The event assured America's annexation of the Kingdom of Hawaii. It reduced the Philippines to a US colony for 48 years and virtually assured an eventual Pacific war between imperial Japan and the United States.

[Tom Coffman is an independent researcher, writer and filmmaker. His "Nation Within" -- in PBS documentary film and a 400-page book -- developed a new understanding of the centrality of Hawaii to America's design on the Pacific. In the process, the nation of Hawaii was destroyed in 1898; the Spanish empire was commandeered, to the disastrous long-term interests of both the Philippines and the US. Coffman is also the author of the much-acclaimed Catch a Wave and other publications including America's Island Edge.]

The CPS Filipino Centennial Lecture Series is free and open to the public. For more information, please visit the Center for Philippine Studies website at or call Clem Montero at 956-6086 or email

Venue & Date: Center for Korean Studies Auditorium, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Oct. 25, 2005, Tuesday, 12:00-2:00pm.

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