Liliuokalani
Hawaii's Story by Hawaii's Queen
August 27, 2019 Comments.. 467
Hawaii s Story by Hawaii s Queen Possibly the most important work in Hawaiian literature Hawaii s Story is a poignant plea from Hawaii s queen to restore her people s kingdom FIrst published in by Queen Liliuokalani Hawaii s l

  • Title: Hawaii's Story by Hawaii's Queen
  • Author: Liliuokalani
  • ISBN: 9780935180855
  • Page: 434
  • Format: Paperback
  • Possibly the most important work in Hawaiian literature, Hawaii s Story is a poignant plea from Hawaii s queen to restore her people s kingdom FIrst published in 1898 by Queen Liliuokalani, Hawaii s last queen.

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    1. Aubrey says:

      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, [...]

    2. Robin says:

      Required reading for visitors to the Hawaiian Islands, IMO. Written by Hawaii's last queen, a very eloquent, worldly, and loving Victorian woman. She speaks directly, and in a somewhat formal Victorian manner. She tells of how she was essentially framed by US advisers whom she trusted and who had profited from her and her country's generosity. She was arrested, imprisoned, and forced to abdicate. Her possessions were all ransacked and stolen. She bears no bitterness, only disbelief at the Christ [...]

    3. Emily says:

      I was pretty excited to read Liliuokalani's memoirs after reading Sarah Vowell's Unfamiliar Fishes, which details the history of Hawaii's annexation to the United States. Vowell consistently references Liliuokalani as a source, and I imagined her memoirs would be full of Hawaiian history and interesting anecdotes from her life. However - and this is my bad - I didn't take into account that Liliuokalani primarily wrote this for a contemporary audience as a plea for Hawaiian independence. Given th [...]

    4. Jason says:

      There are two ways to read this: as a literary autobiography, and as a "plea for justice" as the introduction suggests. As a literary work, the book drones on in a "and this happened, and this happened, and this happened" sort of way. There are interesting parts, but the writing is very dry and dull. As a protest book, on the other hand, the book is compelling and utterly heartfelt. We have to sympathize with the Queen when she begs the United States to give her people back their islands and sov [...]

    5. the gift says:

      read this many years ago- decades actually. significant for the more recent kamaaina renaissance, the recovery of hawai'ian pride. surprised that I had not put this on here, though through family history know most of the appropriation of the islands, the unavoidable american annexation- look on any globe and you will note Honolulu is more or less the exact centre of the northern pacific, so useful to Europeans, to Americans, to whaling ships of moby dick era, to nuclear submarines and aircraft c [...]

    6. Josephine says:

      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 o [...]

    7. Promise says:

      This book has touched me in many ways. Being of Hawaiian ancestery and reading this book made me really re-think the way I thought about my culture and my people. Knowing all that has happend in my people's history is unbelievable. I encourage anyone of hawaiian descent or anyone who is just amazed by hawaiian history to read this book.

    8. Véronique says:

      This book is an important primary source on matters leading up to the annexation presented from a point of view that is too often ignored in American histories. It is not, however, an easy read. Liliuokalani was to an extent a chronicler. She went into great detail about people and incidents that I was not interested in. She occasionally jumped around and circled back. But she was a skilled writer, and she provided strong and detailed descriptions of the many things that happened in her life. An [...]

    9. Becca says:

      Well. How to review this book? 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 pho [...]

    10. Ashley says:

      This book can be clearly divided into two parts: from Liliuokalani's childhood to Queen Victoria's Jubilee, and from then until the annexation of Hawai'i. 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 [...]

    11. S. B. Letham says:

      Incredible slice of history. I love reading voices of people who wrote about important issues at the time that they happened, especially those on the other side of an issue that has been long forgotten. (Few people in 2017 debate about Hawaiian independence.) Liliuokalani is gracious and generous, always pointing out those in the US who treated her with kindness and dignity, most notably President Cleveland.The prose is colorful, as expected of a writer in the late 1800s, but not difficult to un [...]

    12. Shannon says:

      What began as a slow Victorian guide to the social "A" list, has developed into a riviting and pragmatic account of American Imperialism. Lilioukalani is a shrewd and astute political analyst regarding the overthrow of her government and U.S. annexation of Hawai'i. 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!

    13. Ginger says:

      I am so grateful to have found this book while honeymooning in Hawaii. Hawaii's Story by Hawaii's Queen became my favorite autobiography/memoir. Queen Liliuokalani was the last monarch of Hawaii. She led a fascinating life, and I can't wait to learn more about her!

    14. Ana says:

      A remarkable read. Even though it is obvious how things would eventually turn out, I felt fresh anger, dismay, and heartbreak in every moment when Liliuokalani and her brother were forced to give ground to American capitalist interests.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 [...]

    15. Leonide Martin says:

      First published in 1989, this first-hand account by Liliuokalani reveals the native Hawaiian experience and views during the difficult years as the 19th century ended and the Hawaiian monarchy was usurped. She wrote it as a plea for justice, hoping to win support internationally and convince U.S. President McKinley to restore the Hawaiian throne, as had been done in 1843 by U. S. Admiral Thomas following illegal action by British colonizers. But the interests of American plantation owners and en [...]

    16. Melinda says:

      The book was interesting and filled in some gaps that I had about Hawaii's story. I picked up the book when I was in Hawaii so I could be more knowledgeable about our 50th state. The US colonized Hawaii when they discovered the resources in the Islands and exploited the Native Hawaiians as has been done the world over forever. American businessmen and the missionaries, in the name of God, took over and went so far as to imprison Queen Liliuokalani. Even though I was aware of the exploitation and [...]

    17. Gordon Field says:

      Hawaiis storyThis true story told by Hawaii's deposed queen was an eye opener to me and made me feel indignant that such a gracious woman showing hospitality to all and reigning over her people with Christian restraint and care should be treated in such a cruel and dismissive way by those whom she had trusted. I would have liked to know more of the result of the appeal with which the book ends. A very worthwhile read!

    18. Jw513 says:

      It was interesting, but I felt like 50% of it was a travelogue or kind of a social diary. Which was great in the sense that I got a sense of what a fascinating person's life was like, but it was bad in the sense that it wasn't really "Hawaii's Story" as the title indicates. I kind of left with the impression that the deceitful/manipulative/coercive annexation of a sovereign country was a bit of an afterthought. I guess I wanted more of a history book.

    19. Brooklynn Scott says:

      It was a great source for a history project I did. Due to the time limit, I didn't actually read the entire thing, just the parts I needed. However, whenever I did take my time while I read it, it helped to imagine everything as a dramatized historical drama. Then it was like watching Netflix, which was actually pretty cool. So if you have imagination the dry parts are easier to get through.

    20. David says:

      Americans should be required to read this book, or at the very least the chapters about the coup that led to the eventual annexation by the U.S.

    21. Alicia Tapia says:

      I love you Queen Liliu'okalani, and appreciate that you

    22. l. says:

      the first 200 pages are a snooze tbh. 278 is when it starts.

    23. Laurie says:

      Good historical relevance but way too much detail for me.

    24. Alex Bower says:

      "Hawaii's Story by Hawaii's Queen" AKA "Liliuokalani's Burn Book" AKA "Liliuokalani is so amazing and gracious by Liliuokalani". After reading Michener's colossus Hawaii, I wanted to delve deeper into the story of Hawaii and get a better insight from the eyes of the Hawaiians. I'm not sure what I expected from this book written by Hawaii's last monarch but I don't think I found it. Far from being 'Hawaii's Story', it is instead an account of the end of the Hawaiian monarchy from an incredibly un [...]

    25. Chelsea says:

      This book ends with Lili‘uokalani beseeching support from the American people. She writes, "The people to whom your fathers told of the living God, and taught to call ʻFather,ʻ and whom the sons now seek to despoil and destroy, are crying aloud to Him in their time of trouble; and He will keep His promise, and will listen to the voices of His Hawaiian children lamenting for their homes. It is for them that I would give the last drop of my blood; it is for them that I would spend, nay, am spe [...]

    26. Michael Bradham says:

      “Lunalilo Home for aged and indigent Hawaiians… It is well managed, and its inmates are happy and contented, so much so, indeed, that they often conduct themselves as if youth and hope were still their portion, and from the sympathy of daily companionship they wish to enter the closer tie of matrimony. This they are permitted to do without severing their connection with the institution, and there is a separate department provided for those who have thus agreed to finish the journey of life t [...]

    27. Alison says:

      It is important to understand going in that this isn't a history of Hawaii. It is part memoir, and part cry of injustice, by Queen Liliuokalani of Hawaii. It is written in a very formal, and at times dull, 18th century style.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 [...]

    28. Margaret says:

      Lili'uokalani was the last reigning sovereign of Hawaii. In 1893, the monarchy was overthrown by a group of mainly American businessmen; in 1895, Lili'uokalani was arrested, imprisoned in Iolani Palace, and forced to abdicate the throne. Hawaii became a protectorate of the United States, and the monarchy was no 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 [...]

    29. Karena Fleming says:

      I've read many historical non-fiction books about Hawaii. They were all good and all gave different perspectives. This book is the only one I've read that is written by someone who was actually alive during that time. After reading this book, the royal family of Hawaii is finally set firmly in my mind, whereas before, I kept getting the names confused. This is her family. And through so many hardships, deaths, disease, and other disasters, she remains strong just as she was brought up to be-a qu [...]

    30. Marilyn says:

      50 States and at least 50 Authors 2016 Reading Challenge. HAWAII.The book in incorrectly titled. It should be Queen Liliuokalani's Story. The author has an impressive vocabulary, but the sentence structure makes it clear that English was not her first language. I have been a genealogist for 40 years and there is no way I would attempt to do a genealogy of the Hawaiian people. They willingly give up their children to others and just as willingly adopt the children of others for reasons that are q [...]

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