Lost Kingdom: Hawaii's Last Queen, the Sugar Kings, and America's First Imperial Adventure
I would absolutely recommend this book to someone who wants to know about Hawaiian history. This book introduces the reader to Hawaiian vocabulary as well as famous Hawaiian Royalty. Before you even start the actual book, the introduction punches you in the face with some exceptionally interesting prehistoric Hawaiian culture. I learned that the Hawaiian people migrated over to the islands from places like Fiji and Tahiti. They were also known for sacrificing themselves in order to make the godd...more
It was a little difficult starting the book because it seemed like i...more
Then there’s Hawaii. The chain of islands, annexed in 1898, was originally a series of island kingdoms before being unified in 1810 under Kamehameha I after a series of battles....more
This is not the happy story of how altruistic Americans freed the Hawaiian people from tyranny. (I'm sure there is such a book, somewhere.) It is, however, a well-researched look at the life and times of Lili'u, the last queen of Hawai'i.
Hawai'i's time as an independent kingdom was relatively short, with no one thinking to unite the islands before the coming of Westerners and the almost...more
The islands of Hawai’i, a Polynesian kingdom of great beauty, were united by King Kamehameha about 1810 as an early constitutional monarchy. Western merchants and missionaries introduced Christianity - and diseases against which the Hawaiians had no defense.
While careful not to demonize, Stiler shows how the ambition and greed of the sons and daughters of...more
Following in a series of recently published histories elaborating...more
Years ago, I read and loved the fiction book of "Hawaii" by James Michener. His stories of Hawaii from the creation to modern times started my interest in Hawaii and their history. The nonfiction, "Lost Kingdom: The Last Queen, the Sugar Kings and America's First Imperial Adventure" by Julia Flynn Siler was just as intriguing to me as the fiction version. To meet the rulers of Hawaii and see how an actual nation was lost to imperialism is a dr...more
Lost Kingdom says on its cover that it is about Hawaii's last queen, the sugar kings, and America's First Imperial Adventure. I'd say to an extent it's about those things, but largely it was about the Queen Lili'uokalani. The history covered a little bit abou...more
This book was an intriguing narrative of Hawaii's extensive history and the fall of its monarchy. The information in the book was interesting and easily caught my attention. Hawaii's history is absolutely fascinating and Siler did a good job presenting it in a way that way easy to read.
The only downsides I found with this book was the language. The names of many of the native Hawaiian people often ran together and Hawaiian term...more
In studying American History in school, I don't recall hearing much about the annexation of Hawaii. This account of Hawaiian history is a compelling tale of Hawaii's overthrow. I loved the writing, and found the book to be well-paced and entertaining to a point where sometimes I found myself gasping aloud or exclaiming "Nooo!"
Throughout the book I found myself sympathizing greatly with Hawaiians and their leaders...because...more
Lost Kingdom tells the story of Hawaii's annexation broken into three parts. The first part focuses on the Hawaiian Islands development and welcome of foreigners to cultivate sugar. The focus is on the royal family, starting with King Kamehameha the Great in 1810 and their relations leading up to the final moments when the queen loses her power in 1898. Part 2 looks at the Sugar Barons and their growing influence on the royal family and usurpation of Hawaiian power under a constitution that esta...more
I am going to agree with those who found the book written in a disorganized fashion and in a way that makes a fascinating part of Pacific history utterly boring.
My first main problem was not the language that Siler uses, but more her idea structure (or lack there of). On page 49, she tells us about a ball where the future queen dances. Reading this paragraph, I didn't think much about this dancing. The following paragraph, thoug...more
I’m having trouble putting my finger on it, but for some reason I had a lot of trouble getting into the book, though. I haven’t read a lot of history books, but I don’t think it was just that – I devoured Miriam Weinstein’s Yiddish: A Nation of Words, but reading Lost Kingdom was, well, a lot easier...more
Siler's book tells the tale of Hawaii from the time when Cook landed on the islands tha...more
Siler outlines how Western influences both in terms of the British navy, Christian missionaries, the sugar barons and later the United States shaped Hawaiian culture. The loosely knit chiefdoms were consolidated into a monarchy but it never really got a chance to take hold. By the time Lydia was Queen Lili'uokalani, the monarchy was mostly a figurehead of the sug...more
A graduate of Brown University and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, Ms. Flynn Siler began her career as a staff correspondent for BusinessWeek, working in the magazine’s Los Angeles and Chicago bureaus. She wrote about Midwest...more