Hawaii's Story by Hawaii's Queen



[Download] ✤ Hawaii's Story by Hawaii's Queen Author Liliuokalani – E17streets4all.co.uk 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 last Possibly the by Hawaii's Kindle Ô 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 inby Queen Liliuokalani, Hawaii s last queen.Hawaii's Story by Hawaii's Queen

Lili uokalani by Hawaii's Kindle Ô was born Lydia Lili u Loloku Walania Wewehi Kamaka eha She was the last monarch and only queen regnant of the Kingdom of Hawaii She was also known as Lydia Kamaka eha P k , with the chosen royal name of Lili uokalani, and her Hawaii's Story PDF/EPUB ² married name was Lydia K Dominis.

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  • Paperback
  • 409 pages
  • Hawaii's Story by Hawaii's Queen
  • Liliuokalani
  • English
  • 01 September 2018
  • 0935180850

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  1. 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 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 Christians who deposed her, questioning their Christian values The first few chapters on lineage were confusing to me but there are charts in the back to help, if you wish to understand it Bear with it or skim, till the plot kicks in This might also be Victorian style, setting the scene.Most interesting is the Queen s forgiving attitude, letting go of her mistreatment by the missionary party, letting God be the judge Even her reference to her childhood time in missionary school they must not have known we were growing children, because we were always hungry, and were only fed once a day shows forgiveness on her part It makes one wonder how the Islands would be today if President Cleveland s edict that Hawaii be self governing had not been undermined by a greedy socio political party A fascinating history lesson

  2. 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 isdomineering 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 r gime, the newspapers are kept in check with military thoroughness It seems incredible The government of the Sandwich Islands appears to have passed from the hands of the king into the hands of a military oligarchy that isdomineering 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 r gime, the newspapers are kept in check with military thoroughness It seems incredible, but it is an actual fact, that not one of the Honolulu journals dared to reprint the comments of the American press on the so called revolution, although such comment would have been very interesting reading to all Hawaiians Even the reports of court proceedings are dry and mater of fact records, very different from the ordinary accounts In a word, the freedom of the press of Honolulu is a myth under the reform party, and the person who looks for the facts in the Honolulu journals will not find them San Francisco Chronicle, Monday, Sept 5, 1887 Part of the reason why it took me so long to read this is that I had it hitched next to In the Eye of the Sun for some time Another is that the style of prose really shows its 19th century composition period, which combined with nonfiction and politics makes for the sort of reading that had to be done during the morning pre work coffee liminal zone, as my post work evening sprawl would always reach for something a tad less weighty Another is that one of my incentives for buying this book because of first cover appearances was the tourism entitlement so prevalent in the reviews of this work, a benefit guaranteed by the thieves and hostage takers that lived so long ago and are so prettily and politely described by these pages If you re a US citizen and wantcolonizer tripe la Moloka i and various tour guides, just hop on a plane and write some of your own when you get there No passport required That Hawaii has the only royal palace on United States soil is a fact often pointed out to visitors by residents, conjuring up nostalgic images of kings, queens, and royal balls It may beaccurate to inform people that Hawaii is the only state that was once a completely independent lineage of monarchs who resided in a royal palace that was seized and stripped by a small group of Americans with the assistance of the United States government.It may be true that they really believed us unfit to be trusted to administer the growing wealth of the Islands in a safe and proper way But if we manifested any incompetency, it was in not forseeing that they would be bound by no obligations, by honor, or by oath of allegiance, should an opportunity arise for seizing our country, and bringing it under the authority of the United States. This isn t some cute and whimsically detailed narrative calculated to please the broadest white gaze possible This is a legal plea that was shot down by money and piled up history such as Pearl Harbor, fifty states, and various other military and plain old aesthetic incentives Considering that the occupying country sentenced a three year old daughter molester to littlethan probation during the last ten years, it isn t a wonder that,than a hundred years prior to this, Queen Liliuokalani was lied to, manipulated, sabotaged, held captive, and ignored from the time capitalism took a bite out of her country to the moment of her death What is a wonder is what she was able to compose during this period translation of ancient poetry, hundreds of songs often without sheet music, and this, a testament that is part prosecution, part genealogy, part civilization, part government, and all Hawaii The substance of my crime was that I knew my people were conspiring to re establish the constitutional government, to throw off the yoke of the stranger and oppressor and I had not conveyed this knowledge to the persons I had never recognized except as unlawful usurpers of authority, and had not informed against my own nation and against their friends who were also my long time friends.The only charge against me really was that of being a queen and my case was judged by these, my adversaries, before I came into court. The fact that I don t believe in Queen Liliuokalani s speeches about noble sentiments and 15th century rigmarole of monarchs being imbued with divine powers doesn t mean I don t support her The author s inherited ruling system of land apportion may have had its flaws, but when is someone going to come in and save the poor widdle white people of the USA from their backward and oppressive ways I doubt the transition to Christianity was as welcome or nondestructive as she puts forth, but it was the missionary party that held the islands at warship point and forced their indigenous ruler to step down The politeness with which she went forth and acted the perfect diplomat grew increasingly agonizing, as did the numbers of names and praises for even the ones that had had a hand in her destruction, but Queen Liliuokalani was desperate in a world that wanted to live in the pages of Pride and Prejudice, and politics does not tolerate a wit like Elizabeth Bennet Each name was another feather in the cap of r sum that sought to earn its owner her constitutional powers back from the grasp of world powers that pride themselves on law and order, and the fact that all of these failed should tell you something about said law and orderI f I was deprived of my civil rights at the moment of my imprisonment, of what value was the signature procured to my supposed or alleged act of abdication Was it legal, of binding force, or effective This question I will leave for decision to all those learned in the law they can draw their own conclusions Perhaps there is a kind of right, depending upon the precedents of all ages, and known as the Right of Conquest, under which robbers and marauders may establish themselves in possession of whatsoever they are strong enough to ravish from their fellows I will not pretend to decide how far civilization and Christian enlightenment have outlawed it. 118 years after this book was published, I have scenes from Lilo and Stitch that were most likely excised for being politically charged and various news articles that talk about a new judicial committees, for either the first or one of the few seriously taken times, being composed entirely of native Hawaiians, rather than those who called in US military resources while claiming themselves citizens It s an old, old, old story, and the fact that no one knows about it in the age of the Internet is because those in power find itconvenient it to do so A surge of misguided and misinformed interest may come in the advent and wake of Moana, but that may only result inabuse of animals, people, and countless civilizations The only solution I can see is to piss off the right people in the right numbers in the right places Knowledge is power, the truth hurts, and if you want to take down an enterprise by its own rules, all you need is a big enough audienceW here corruption is practised there is no stability My actions were dictated by the sole aim of doing good to my beloved country, and of alleviating the positions and pains of those who unhappily and unwisely resorted to arms to regain an independence which they thought had been unjustly wrested from them.As you deal with them, so I pray that Almighty God may deal with you in your hours of trial.

  3. 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 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 that, this is really, really BORING, in a way that only Victorian era writers can make something boring I made it about 25% of the way through and then abandoned it.In the part that I read, Liliuokalani spends most of her time referencing obscure parties that she went to, and then name dropping every helpful family who attended or hosted her This is obviously expedient politically, but she skips over the interesting parts of each story Indeed, the entire grounds were given up to pleasure such as can only be fully imagined by those who have actually mingled with a happy people in the festivities of a tropical night. and then she doesn t describe the party at all I ve never mingled with a happy people in the festivities of a tropical night Come on, bro Can I get some descriptors here The writing is very Victorian Liliuokalani was educated in London and knows who her audience is the God fearing Christian foreigners who will decide Hawaii s future far away She s careful to adjust her tone and the content of her work to her reader Of the previous religious practice of throwing rocks into a volcano to please the gods, the ostensibly Christian Liliuokalani writes it would be well to notice that this propitiation of the volcano s wrath is now but a harmless sport, not by any means an act of worship, very much like the custom of hurling old shoes at the bride s carriage, or sending off the newly wedded couple with showers of rice usages which form a pleasant diversion in the most highly cultivated and educated communities.She also throws some intense shade at the policymen and missionaries who talk out of both sides of their mouth about democracy and self governance The foreigners frequently attempt to undermine the lawful constitution because allowing the majority to actually, you know, VOTE, would send them right out of power These moments are particularly great when she just says it like it is This is an important page in Hawaiian history, because it shows how persistently, even at that date, the missionary party was at work to undermine at every point the authority of the constitutional rulers of the Hawaiian people if my brother had indeed sought his own pleasure rather than the good of all residents under our flag, his family would be in their hereditary rights to this day By his liberality to those of American birth they , as soon as they had become rich and powerful, forgot his generosity, and plotted a subversion of his authority, and an overthrow of the constitution under which the kingdom had been happily governed for nearly a quarter of a century.Unfortunately she then goes back into her really dry, 1870s gossip column mode, talking about who was where and how proper it was for her to take a trip around Kauai, etc, invariably leaving all the interesting bits out So as a historical document read within context, I m sure this is an invaluable resource, and Liliuokalani was clearly a very well educated, well spoken advocate for her country and her people I was just looking for The Secret Diary of Liliuokalani, and unfortunately that s not what this is

  4. 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 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 sovereignty For someone like me, who knew nothing of Hawaii save for what I learned from Magnum P.I., this book is worth the read The Americans stole their country, and all native Hawaiians wanted was their country back

  5. 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 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 overthrowing the Hawaiian Monarchy, and those people deservethan a mere apology from the U.S

  6. says:

    280815 i read this many years ago decades actually significant for therecent 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 isor 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 280815 i read this many years ago decades actually significant for therecent 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 isor 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 carriers not a surprise local land, people, resources, were all incorporately absorbed at about the time this was written, it was suggested with great certainty that the hawai ians as a people, as a race , were destined to die out as superior races came to take over the islands this did not happen, exactly, though as with natives and First Nations of North America, there was no resistance to European diseases and this led to a great dying I am only half hawai ian, but this is my spiritual home, this is family history, this book not the best, but then books are books

  7. says:

    After a wonderful trip to the Big Island in March I was ready to read about Hawaiian history I read Unfamiliar Fishes by Sarah Vowell This inspired me to learnI wanted to read Queen Liliuokalani s memoir 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 unjustbullying from the American business men whose missionary fathe After a wonderful trip to the Big Island in March I was ready to read about Hawaiian history I read Unfamiliar Fishes by Sarah Vowell This inspired me to learnI wanted to read Queen Liliuokalani s memoir 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 unjustbullying from the American business men whose missionary fathers and grandfathers were welcomed by the Hawaiians.Liliuokalani was a fascinating articulate and talented woman She traveled through the United States, many parts of Europe and met many notable people including Queen Victoria She also considered herself to be privileged royalty and very capable of governing the islands A informative first hand book of 19th century Hawaii

  8. says:

    I ve visited and loved the four major islands over the years, but I m ashamed to say I didn t fully understand Hawaii s history The last queen s firsthand written account of how the missionary oligarchy stole the islands from the Hawaiians is a real revelation When we visit again this Fall, I m sure I ll see this beautiful paradise with new eyes, and I ll NEVER look at a can of Dole pineapple the same way.

  9. 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.

  10. says:

    I am having a hard time writing this review Instead of sharing my thoughts and impressions of the book itself, I am holding back a raging, unhinged tirade about the injustice that is Hawaiian history after the arrival of the American missionaries Honestly, at times I had to put the book down because the sheer criminality of what happened is so blatant you would think I would be inured given the near entirety of US foreign policy, but no The only comparator that comes to mind is the occupati I am having a hard time writing this review Instead of sharing my thoughts and impressions of the book itself, I am holding back a raging, unhinged tirade about the injustice that is Hawaiian history after the arrival of the American missionaries Honestly, at times I had to put the book down because the sheer criminality of what happened is so blatant you would think I would be inured given the near entirety of US foreign policy, but no The only comparator that comes to mind is the occupation of Tibet by China also ignored by most of the world Lili uokalani provides a detailed description of late 1800s Hawaiian history in the lead up to her forced abdication, her imprisonment, as well as her efforts to rectify the situation Lili uokalani s and the Hawaiians patience with the missionaries and other American businessmen is as staggering as many find the Dalai Lama s equanimity toward the Chinese However, the Hawaiians were not foolish they tried to negotiate because armed resistance to an enormous military power would have ended in a bloodbath Recommended for anyone intending to visit Hawai i Also recommended for anyone researching the hypocrisy of missionaries Warning will put you off buying any Dole food

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