Hawaii's Story by Hawaii's Queen
Hawai'i's Story by Hawai'i's Queen is an account of those difficult years at the end of the nineteenth century, when native Hawaiian historian David Malo's 1837 prophecy concerning "the small ones" being "gobbled up" came true for the Hawaiian Islands.
When this book was first published in 1898, it was an international plea for justice. Just as Admiral Thomas had restored...more
The government of the Sandwich Islands appears to have passed from the hands of the king into the hands of a military oligarchy that is more domineering than Kalakaua ever was. Before the recent revolt of the Europeans in Honolulu the press of the city was very plain-spoken. It printed unadorned truths about the king, and the latter made no effort to suppress such unpleasant utterances. Now, under the new régime, the newspapers are kept in check with military thoroughness. It seems incredible...more
Amazing. The last third of the book is quite telling of the injustices suffered by the Hawaiian people from a few business men in the name of the United States. The acquisition of Hawaii by this country was unlawful, and suited the interest of a few wealthy people while crushing the rest of the population. It's been over a hundred years, and now we know this country has adapted these policies of promoting the interests of the the few at the costs of the many at home as well. We had no business ...more
This was not an easy read. It was written in the late 1890s soon after the Hawaiian Islands was annexed by the United States . Liliuokalani was the last Hawaiian monarch who ruled islands. She thought this annexation unjust
bullying from the American business men whose missionary fathe ...more
The first part of the book is woefully lacking in detail. Liliuokalani declines to describe Hawai'ian food, customs, or scenery (beyond one memorable description of lava). I read every word and yet came away without a fuller understanding of Hawai'ian culture or customs. Instead, Liliuokalani praises her friends and the "delightful" parties th ...more
I read it out loud to my students at our Hawaiian immersion school, 7th to 12th graders, in preparation for our annual Eo E Liliu song competition. This year for the first time our students wrote original compositions honoring the last queen of Hawaii. Usually we just learn songs that she wrote or that were written in her honor like Kaulana Na Pua, Ke Ai Na Alii, Anapau etc etc et. Her songs are legion.
Queen Liliuokalani sits so prettily in her black and white ...more
The Queen devotes the first part of the book to explaining how she came to be monarch - both her upbringing as part of the Hawaii royal elite in the mid-19th Century, the ascent of her family to the throne with the crowning of her cousin David Kelakaua (who was supported by ...more
The book provides an interesting picture of late nineteenth century Hawaii's society and government, though the social parts are occasionally overfull of details about who visited wh ...more
The prose is colorful, as expected of a writer in the late 1800s, but not difficult to un ...more
After having just visited Hawai'i, this book really delves into the complexity of this island nation and it's place in U.S. politics during the late 19th century.
A facsincating read by a fascinating woman! ...more
Queen Liliuokalani presented her recollections of the final decades of the independent Hawaiian nation with impunity and a regal righteousness. Her ancestors’ acceptance of the Christian religion brought to the island via missionaries, instilled in her not only the faith but also many of the cultural elements of the West. Hawaiians’ naivete and hospita ...more
The details of the processes shown here are often difficult for me particularly because they are so piecemeal. I find myself looking for the exact moment when the monarchy was overthrown and the missionary party gained power, going 'but they can't just do that,' a ...more
In American schools. it is now common (which it wasn't when I was a kid) for students to learn about the darker side of American history wrt the systematic abuse of Indigenous people. However, the accounts that are frequently taught are written by historians, not by people who were there at the time. This is a direct account written by the last Hawai'ian queen about her experience at the hands of the "missionary party," a group of mostly American businessmen who eng ...more