We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
King Kamehameha conquered the Hawaiian islands in the late 1700s using western cannon, muskets and pistols as well as traditional weapons, and had western style ships and British sailors aiding him in his battles. At that time, Hawaiians were a stone-age culture.
In trading with western ships landing in Hawaii for water and food, Kamehameha was known for his honesty, so westerners would trade with him and that is how he got money to buy western weapons. His primary rival, King Kahekili of Maui, was known for not being an honest trader and so westerners avoided him. The rest is history.