We recall the landing of American troops in the Islands … on January 16, 1893, the Committee of Safety wrote a letter to John Stevens, American Minister, that stated: “We, the undersigned citizens and residents of Honolulu, respectfully represent that, in view of recent public events in this Kingdom, culminating in the revolutionary acts of Queen Liliʻuokalani on Saturday last, the public safety is menaced and lives and property are in peril, and we appeal to you and the United States forces at your command for assistance.”
That wasn’t the only time American Troops landed to keep the peace and/or restore order. It happened a couple of times, and, it was requested by the Monarchy. On February 12, 1874, an election was held between Kalākaua and Queen Emma; a riot broke out. “No dependence could be placed on the police nor on the Hawaiian Guards”. (Lili‘uokalani) A request was made to the American Minister; a force of 150 American marines and sailors was landed. Americans landed another time. During the Wilcox rebellion in 1889, about 70 American sailors and marines landed at the request of the Hawaiian government.