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MightyMan 12-12-2011 02:16 PM

The Hawaiian Monarchy
"Kamehameha's Crown: a History of the Hawaiian Monarchy"
by Stephen R Bunford, 2011

Has anyone else read Stephen Bunford's book Kamehameha's CRown: a history of the Hawaiian monarchy (published by Wordclay 2011, ISBN 9781604819458)? I found it fascinating and full of information. I was particulary drawn to Queen Emma and the sad Princess Kaiulani (who was half-Scotish) - worth a read in my opinion.

LadyGabrielle 12-12-2011 03:24 PM

Did this book just come out you said? I have not heard of it but will definitely look it up. Are you interested in the Hawaiian Monarchy? What else have you read or do you know?:flowers:

MightyMan 12-12-2011 04:00 PM

New book on Hawaii
The book is on Amazon as being published in November but I've not seen it mentioned anywhere. It's nice to see books about more obscure royal families. The other thing I like about this book is that it covers the royal family from the overthrow of the monarchy right up to modern times.

Warren 12-14-2011 07:40 AM

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Kamehameha's Crown: a history of the Hawaiian monarchy

Author: Stephen R Bunford
8 November 2011
Pages: 328
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781604819458

A compelling account of the Hawaiian monarchy from 1810-1893, detailing the many different characters who ruled the kingdom. It examines the external influences that contributed to the end of their rule, whilst also looking at Hawaiian culture and the impact that western influences, such as Christianity, had on the rulers. Importantly it explores the monarch's own characters, how they ruled, how they lost the throne and the influences their descendants still have today in Hawaii.

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Lenora 12-26-2011 08:08 PM

"Lost Kingdom: Hawaii's Last Queen, the Sugar Kings..." - Julia Flynn Siler
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"Lost Kingdom: Hawaii's Last Queen, the Sugar Kings, and America's First Imperial Adventure"
by Julia Flynn Siler

Hawaii's lost kingdom - Fortune Features

"Lost Kingdom: Hawaii's Last Queen, the Sugar Kings, and America's First Imperial Adventure" is the story of an island grappling to hold onto traditions in the face of burgeoning capitalist powers. If you happen to check out the recently released comedy drama, The Descendants, Siler's book suggests why perhaps George Clooney's character, Matt King, a descendant of Hawaiian royalty, struggles to sell off land his family has held for generations. Though the film is based on Kaui Hart Hemmings' 2007 novel, Siler captures its backstory -- essentially what Hawaii was then and what it has evolved into today.

-> -> read an excerpt here (will come up as a pdf document).

The Last Queen Of Hawaii | On Point with Tom Ashbrook

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Kasumi 01-10-2012 06:13 PM

Julia Flynn Siler: Lost Kingdom - Books - Baltimore City Paper
The book is an in-depth exploration of the events leading up to Hawaii’s annexation by the United States. A longtime journalist, Siler is able to stick to the facts while producing a riveting, fleshed-out account.
Throughout much of the book, Siler follows the life of Queen Lili‘uokalani, or Lili‘u to those close to her, and the former monarch proves to be a fascinating protagonist.
Excerpts from Lili‘u’s own diary entries and letters guide the reader through her journey from passive, missionary-trained child to strong-willed queen fighting for the rights of native Hawaiians.
Rather than use force to stave off an American takeover, she knew that a more peaceful and diplomatic route would avoid bloodshed. Siler clearly describes Lili‘u’s perspective without it feeling contrived.
She also breathes life into the cast of characters surrounding the ruler, clearly portraying their personalities, intentions, and backgrounds.

Kasumi 01-18-2012 12:02 AM

OpEdNews - Diary: The Royal Families In The Hawaiian Islands and the Problematic Masons/Freemasons
Remembering the Criminal dethronement of Queen Liliuokalani by Americans in 1893 with the help of U.S. President Benjamin Harrison, U.S. Congress, England, and the Morgan bankers, et. als.
"Wrongful Dethronement of Queen Liliuokalani Anniversary Special: THE ROYAL FAMILIES...and the Problematic Masons/Freemasons"

Kasumi 01-21-2012 06:11 AM

One more review on Julia Flynn Syler's book 'Lost Kingdom' (see post #6 above).

'Lost Kingdom: Hawaii's Last Queen, the Sugar Kings, and America's First Imperial Adventure' by Julia Flynn Siler - The Washington Post

In Julia Flynn Siler’s new book, “Lost Kingdom,” we get a close look at how foreigners from Germany, Britain and the United States jockeyed for influence and schemed to take over the government during Hawaii’s last few decades of independence.

Siler’s experience as a reporter for the Wall Street Journal serves her well as she depicts the figures who brought down the islands’ monarchy. She suggests that, given the imbalance between those global powers and the tiny island nation, its conquest was inevitable.

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