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Kaiulani: The People's Princess, Hawaii, 1889 (The Royal Diaries)

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In their hope to restore Hawaiis toppled monarchy and the Hawaiian way of life the people of Hawaii turn to Princess Kaiulani, who is only a young girl. Acclaimed author Ellen Emerson White makes her debut on the Royal Diaries list with this compelling narrative of the tumultuous years following Hawaiis forced annexation to the United States, skillfully rendering the voice ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published August 1st 2002 by Scholastic
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This entry in the Royal Diaries series is extremely rich in detail, both in the day-to-day activities of Princess Kaiulani's life and in the historical information regarding the overthrow of the monarchy and the annexation of Hawaii by the United States. I especially loved that Kaiulani was real-life friends with Robert Louis Stevenson, and enjoyed his portrayal here very much. The author also makes Kaiulani's voice engaging and interesting. The first 2/3 were pretty stellar as far as this serie ...more
Jinny (Lost-At-Sea Book Reviews)
Another Royal Diaries read for me! The Royal Diaries books can be a hit or miss since they all have different authors; I’m happy to report that this one is definitely a hit, for me. This one is on Kaiulani, the last princess of Hawaii. I had no idea Hawaii used to have a monarchy, so this book was very interesting and a big eye opener for me. I don’t know much about Hawaii, I never even been there before, so this book has been the most educational experience for me.

Fourteen year old Kaiulani is
Mar 24, 2015 Sheila rated it liked it
Both I and my daughter really enjoyed this fictionalized 'diary' of Victoria Kaiulani, one of the last members of the Hawaiian Royal family. Told through the eyes of Kaiulani, in a diary format, this book gave us an interesting look at what Hawaii was like in the 1890's, including the politics of that time that led to Hawaii being annexed by the United States.

I was especially interested to learn that this girl, who was to become Queen of Hawaii (she was next in line after her Aunt, the Queen) wa
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Graded By: Maria
Cover Story: NBC
BFF Charm: Yay!
Swoonworthy Scale: 0.5
Talky Talk: Dear Diary
Bonus Factors: Robert Louis Stevenson, Hawaii, Boarding School, Grand Tour
Relationship Status: Bosom Friends

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Oct 18, 2010 Amalie rated it liked it
I found this book very interesting and enjoyable despite its sad end. This book was my door-opener to the history of Hawaii. I found the history of this monarchy is fascinating. The book is about the life of Hawaii's last princess, Victoria Kaiulani.

When she was 13, her world is shattered when she is forced to go to school in England. She becomes more accepting towards her fate as time goes by, yet she still misses her beloved Hawaii. The story starts in the year 1889 and continues till 1893 in
Laura Verret
Oct 10, 2011 Laura Verret rated it liked it
Shelves: goodwill-finds
For some reason I really enjoyed this book. Perhaps it was Kaiulani's friendship with Mr Stevenson. Perhaps it was her love of books or animals. But most likely it was due to this particular entry:

March 6, 1889

"This afternoon, Annie and Miss Reiseberg and I went to a matinee at the Opera House to see The Pirates of Penzance, by Gilbert and Sullivan. Going to the theater is always a treat, although the best even I have ever attended was actually the circus.

The Pirate King was very debonair, but t
Kelsey Hanson
This book was really good, but had a very somber ending. You know going in that Hawaii is ultimately going to get annexed by the United States (it's one of the 50 states after all), but Kaiulani, who seems to be a very dedicated leader who strives to do what is best for her people, has such hope of restoring the monarchy. It's very sad to read the epilogue (I have noticed that many of the books in these series focus on the bright spots of these girls' tragic lives). Still it was very interesting ...more
Oct 20, 2010 Robin rated it really liked it
It was a good book as all the books in this series. My daughter was the one who borrowed it and I wanted to see what the authors take of Kaiulani was. She was young when she died. It is a sad story, she was friends with Robert Louis Stevenson who wrote Treasure Island. I think he wrote a poem for the princess as well.
Oct 19, 2008 Jill rated it did not like it
I don't know why this was so different from Ellen E. White's Titanic story, but this one really stinks. It was so dull I couldn't even finish it. *yawwwwwn* Don't read it unless your CD player broke, can't play you a lullaby and you need something to put you to sleep. This'll do it, I swear.
Aug 02, 2011 Kimberley rated it it was ok
Not one of my favourites. But I guess that's cos I don't know much about Hawaii.
Apr 04, 2017 Anna rated it it was ok
not super interesting
Baylie Giek
Mar 30, 2017 Baylie Giek rated it really liked it
This book surprised me. I didn't think I would enjoy it, as it was a recommendation from my friend who has very different tastes in literature than I! However, historical fiction is a fun genre. Through reading the diaries, I felt connected with the young princess! Great book and great for upper elementary readers.
Paige [eastIndies.]
I've had this book sitting on my shelf since I was a little girl. I'm not really sure why I never finished reading it, but I thought, after finishing Alan Brennert's "Moloka'i," the time was right to give "Kaiulani" another try.

Ellen Emerson White's "Kaiulani: The People's Princess, Hawaii, 1889" is a tale following the life of a princess that could have been queen. This story, told in the form of Kaiulani's diary, is rich with historical facts and interspersed with both real and fictional char
Mar 03, 2017 Amanda rated it really liked it
Kaiulani lived an influential, albeit tragic life. This was, admittedly, my first real exposure to the Hawaiian monarchy. It has definitely piqued my interest in the period. It blows my mind that it was only seventy years between Christian missionaries settling in Hawaii, to the annexation of the country by the U.S.

I found Kaiulani's cultural mixture fascinating. Born of a (royal) Hawaiian mother, and a Scottish father, young Kaiulani strives to quell her Hawaiian side in favor of her British.
Carlyn Brody
Nov 13, 2012 Carlyn Brody rated it really liked it
This book is a fictional diary of the last princess of Hawaii Victoria Kaiulani (1875-1899). I knew that Hawaii once had a monarchy but I didn’t know the circumstances to why it dissolved or when Hawaii became a state of America. So I learnt a little bit about Hawaiian history from this book.

The diary starts from 1889 when Kaiulani is 13 years old and ends in 1893 when she is 17. The book is about when she was educated in England. She was the heir to throne as her uncle, King David Kalakaua did
Chelsea K.
For what this is, which is a Royal Diaries children's book installment, this is not a bad book. This is the first Royal Diaries I've reread as an adult (Hawaiian history is a pet project of mine), and I seem to recall liking others better than this one when I was a kid, such as the Marie Antoinette and Anastasia. However, there is a lot of politics that I didn't understand or retain when I was a child reading this. I'm actually very surprised and impressed to find that this book paints the overt ...more
Sarah Crawford
Jan 15, 2016 Sarah Crawford rated it it was amazing
This diary is the story of Kaiulani, the last Hawaiian princess. Most of the diary is about her regular activities as a princess. She is later sent to England to study, and the diary reflects the subjects she studied, difficulties she had with her health, and how she eventually left the school she attended for what essentially was home schooling, but still in England.

The story takes a negative turn, though, when American businessmen, working along with some very sleazy politicians, decide to ove
Ana Mardoll
Dec 27, 2009 Ana Mardoll rated it really liked it
Shelves: ana-reviewed
Kaiulain, The People's Princess / 0-439-12909-5

This Princess Diary presents a fascinating view of American imperialism, and is a sad and touching commentary on the life of Hawaii's last princess.

While away at school in England, Kaiulani is horrified to learn that her grandfather the king has passed away, and her aunt has been deposed as the rightful queen by the American investors that are determined to annex Hawaii (by force) to the United States. These investors, having already forced the king
Rachel Jackson
Jan 16, 2014 Rachel Jackson rated it liked it
I felt like Kaiulani: The People's Princess was book with a single track on a record player, skipping over and over again: "Hawaii. Hawaii. Hawaii." Kaiulani was so obsessed with going home and so obsessed with nostalgia that it threw me off and I didn't really care to come back for more.

The story is of the Hawaiian Princess Kaiulani, who is sent to England for education, but during her time overseas, her country completely falls apart and she feels the need to go home and try to repair things.
Carrie Slager
Feb 10, 2014 Carrie Slager rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-borrowed
After reading The People’s Princess, Kaiulani has definitely joined the ranks of my favourite women in The Royal Diaries. She’s strong, smart and actually has situational awareness, something many other princesses in the series seem to lack. Not only that, but there are actually reasons for Ellen Emerson White’s decision to make the narrative cover 4 years. Covering 4 years in a little over 200 pages is difficult, but the novel never jumps around and you know what is going on.

Kaiulani is an incr
Jessica Price
I learned SO much from this book. First off, I'm obsessed with Hawaii, so I absolutely loved it. My boyfriend and I have already decided we will be taking our honeymoon there!
Hawaii started off as a monarchy, and Victoria Kaiulani was third in line to the throne, after her uncle and aunt died. At this time, the U.S. thought that Hawaii was filled with savages and heathens so their main objective was to capture it for themselves and take over. Of course, the true Hawaiians, or Kamaaina's, just w
Apr 01, 2009 Rebecca rated it it was amazing
Born to privilege in 1875 as the daughter of King Kalakau of Hawaii's youngest sister Miriam Likelike and her Scottish husband, Archibald Cleghorn, Princess Victoria Kaiulani Cleghorn enjoyed a luxurious childhood. But her life has not been without sorrow - Kaiulani suffered the tragic loss of her young mother when she was just eleven. Second in line to inherit the throne, Kaiulani is sent to England at the age of thirteen to be educated. Even though it is her duty as an heir to the throne, Kaiu ...more
Feb 10, 2016 Kelly rated it liked it
Shelves: written-by-women
How many people, especially children and teenagers, know the real story of how Hawaii came to be a state? How many knew Hawaii used to be ruled by a monarchy?

This diary is another example of why I loved the series, both now and then. Princess Kaiulani and her story is not nearly as well-known as they should be.

Although this suffers from problems similar to ones I had with other books in the series (stiff, sometimes inauthentic tone and overly long entries like in Nzingha, not enough action tak
Nancy Bandusky
Dec 05, 2014 Nancy Bandusky rated it it was ok
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Mary Bronson
Feb 06, 2014 Mary Bronson rated it it was amazing
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Nov 17, 2016 Caity rated it it was amazing
Kaiulani was the last princess of Hawaii she is an interesting figure because she was so popular with both her people and the American public. The story is also interesting because it covers some of her life in Hawaii as well as her time in England when she was working on her education, and ends with her press tour of the United States. Overall this covers a interesting period in the history of Hawaii and the United States and I highly recommend it to young readers interested in that history as ...more
Jul 29, 2015 Emily rated it it was amazing
Heart breaking. That's how I would describe this book. It had it's fun and funny parts, but mostly my heart was breaking for Kaiulani and her people. So many horrible things happened to them and to her in particular and I never knew. I had never heard of her or what happened to the people on the Islands of Hawaii. It's a disgrace, really, and I'm glad I know now and I hope I don't forget. The book is worth the read just for the historical value alone if you didn't know about this like me. Well w ...more
Whitney Collins
Jun 04, 2016 Whitney Collins rated it it was ok
Even for a young adult novel, I felt as if the author was completely lazy in all character development. I read many of the diary books when I was younger, and none of them felt as biographical as this one. The author got all her facts right, but didn't spend any time making the story an interesting one. I was extremely disappointed, because I love Princess Kaiulani and Robert Louis Stevenson, and thought their story could have been further explored. Just because the author makes a character say ...more
Rachel (Sfogs)
Apr 02, 2009 Rachel (Sfogs) rated it really liked it
Shelves: library
This book was very good but also very sad.

This is from the Epilogue, Page 212;

"...on August 12,1898, Hawaii was finally and officially annexed to the United States. The Hawaiian national anthem was played for the final time, and then the Hawaiian flag was removed from its proud spot atop Iolani Palace, with the American flag raised in its place.
Hawaii would never be independent again, and all of her people wept that day."

May 22, 2011 Jess rated it really liked it
I found this book incredibly interesting because this book was based on a real person, yet the story was told in the first person rather than the second person. It was kind of like an autobiography. You could see her as a young woman, rather than on the outside looking in as a future royal. Highly recommend it for any girl her age, in the preteen to teen age group. It can really put things in perspective in believing in yourself and what you're capable of in life.
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This talented writer attended Tufts University (and published her first book, Friends for Life, while a senior there) and currently lives in New York City. Ms. White grew up in Narragansett, Rhode Island. Many of her novels feature characters who reside in or around Boston and are fans of the Boston Red Sox (as is Ms. White). In addition to novels, Ms. White has published several biographies. She ...more
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