Hawaii's Story by Hawaii's Queen

Hawaii's Story by Hawaii's Queen

eBook - 2011
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The Hawaiian kingdom's last monarch wrote her biography in 1897, the year before the annexation of the Hawaiian Islands by the United States. Her story covers six decades of island history told from the viewpoint of a major historical figure. Introduction by Glen Grant.
Publisher: [United States] : Tuttle Publishing : Made available through hoopla, 2011
ISBN: 9781462901975
1462901972
Branch Call Number: eBook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital

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Jul 15, 2013

Her Majesty Queen Liliuokalani was a tremendous leader in tumultuous times. Hers is a story of ruling over a people being decimated and deceived by exploiting American “invaders.” Whether about “sugar kings” or of her overthrow in 1893, this first-person narrative is an eye-opener. A woman of tremendous foresight she had long identified Pearl Harbor and the Reciprocity [so called] "Treaty" as the beginning of the end for island sovereignty. “Queen Lil” as she was and is fondly called and remembered, was an erudite person and an equal to any European sovereign or leader. Queen Victoria held an honest fondness for her and both rulers corresponded until Victoria’s death. In one of many perceptive observations throughout this book Queen Lil quotes William Shakespeare [from Measure for Measure] on the subject of self-control: “O, it is excellent to have a giant’s strength, but it is tyrannous to use it like a giant” – an extremely apt statement about the United States and its “policies” towards the sovereign country of Hawai’i. Queen Lil was an accomplished composer [hundreds of songs, including the famous ‘Aloha Oe’], writer [you need to remember that ‘writing’ in Hawaii by then was barely 50 or so years old!], humanitarian [land and education reforms] and traveller [throughout Europe and the US]. When the United States entered WWI, she presented a Red Cross flag to that society and proclaimed her loyalty to the US by flying the Stars and Stripes at her home. This book is an enchanting, revealing and enriching look at what were once called “the Sandwich Islands” and of one of the rulers who had genuine affection for the people and their conditions. The appendices are replete with tremendous information and must be read to appreciate further information about the islands, past rulers, and assorted ‘treaties.’

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