In their hope to restore Hawaii¹s toppled monarchy and the Hawaiian way of life the people of Hawaii turn to Princess Kaiulani who is only a young girl Acclaimed author Ellen Emerson White makes her debut on the Royal Diaries list with this compelling narrative of the tumultuous years following Hawaii¹s forced annexation to the United States skillfully rendering the voice of the young princess and the unrest of a people


10 thoughts on “Kaiulani The People's Princess Hawaii 1889

  1. says:

    This entry in the Royal Diaries series is extremely rich in detail both in the day to day activities of Princess Kaiulani's life and in the historical information regarding the overthrow of the monarchy and the annexation of Hawaii by the United States I especially loved that Kaiulani was real life friends with Robert Louis Stevenson and enjoyed his portrayal here very much The author also makes Kaiulani's voice engaging and interesting The first 23 were pretty stellar as far as this series goes Losing the full five stars perhaps isn't its fault it's just that the last 40 or so pages and the epiloguehistorical note are SUCH a downer deluge I completely understand why this is Kaiulani is not only losing her birthright as a princess with the annexation but her people are losing control of their country and their way of life without their consent It's extremely sad topped by the fact that Kaiulani died at only age 23 You gotta tell the history as it happened I get that totally I just feel that for readers in the 10 12 age range that this series is meant for there was probably a better way to present this ending Toward the end it's many journal entries of Kaiulani saying she feels very sad and depressed and has headaches and feels intense grief for herself and her people The last entry ends with her hope that in her efforts to appeal to the American President she has done something to help her country Then the epilogue is like Nnnnnnnope her dreams for her people never came true bad things happened and Kaiulani never really recovered from her grief then she died The historical note is like Eventually in 1993 the US realized what jerkwads they had been and issued an official apology but TOO BAD IT CAME WAY TOO LATE FOR THE PEOPLE OF HAWAII End of book Like kinda harsh for a 10 year old who wanted to read about a pretty Hawaiian princess and maybe learn something; ya know?


  2. says:

    Both I and my daughter really enjoyed this fictionalized 'diary' of Victoria Kaiulani one of the last members of the Hawaiian Royal family Told through the eyes of Kaiulani in a diary format this book gave us an interesting look at what Hawaii was like in the 1890's including the politics of that time that led to Hawaii being annexed by the United StatesI was especially interested to learn that this girl who was to become ueen of Hawaii she was next in line after her Aunt the ueen was born of a Hawaiian mother and a Scottish father Archibald Scott Cleghorn who married into the Hawaiian royal family Kaiulani was the only child of their union though she did have 3 older Scottish half sister's from Cleghorn's first marriage It was also interesting to learn of Kaiulani's friendship with the author Robert Louis Stevenson whom she met when he traveled to Hawaii for health reasons and whom she developed a long term friendship with


  3. says:

    This book was really good but had a very somber ending You know going in that Hawaii is ultimately going to get annexed by the United States it's one of the 50 states after all but Kaiulani who seems to be a very dedicated leader who strives to do what is best for her people has such hope of restoring the monarchy It's very sad to read the epilogue I have noticed that many of the books in these series focus on the bright spots of these girls' tragic lives Still it was very interesting especially Kaiulani's friendship with the writer Robert Louis Stevenson I also enjoyed the many descriptions of Hawaii I live in Wisconsin and it is December


  4. says:

    Not one of my favourites But I guess that's cos I don't know much about Hawaii


  5. says:

    Graded By MariaCover Story NBCBFF Charm YaySwoonworthy Scale 05Talky Talk Dear DiaryBonus Factors Robert Louis Stevenson Hawaii Boarding School Grand TourRelationship Status Bosom FriendsRead the full book report here


  6. says:

    I didn't enjoy this uite as much as some of the other diaries by Ellen Emerson White that I've read recently but this was still a truly lovely book Not only is it touching and emotional but it's also so informative of a time we often gloss over in history I think perhaps the elongated timeline this book covers 4 years where many of the others are just a few months affected my enjoyment the most but I would highly recommend this


  7. says:

    Gets 5 stars even with a white author because I think this book is one of those things that uietly radicalised me as a child and it holds a special place in my heart for that


  8. says:

    Another Royal Diaries read for me The Royal Diaries books can be a hit or miss since they all have different authors; I’m happy to report that this one is definitely a hit for me This one is on Kaiulani the last princess of Hawaii I had no idea Hawaii used to have a monarchy so this book was very interesting and a big eye opener for me I don’t know much about Hawaii I never even been there before so this book has been the most educational experience for meFourteen year old Kaiulani is a princess of Hawaii second in line to the throne her uncle is the king and next in line is her aunt the king’s sister then her Kaiulani is half Hawaiian and half Scottish actually on her father’s side but she considers herself very much a Hawaiian person all around Knowing her destiny is to sit on the Hawaiian throne her family sends her to be educated in England for a year or two Kaiulani is a dutiful and obedient girl so she does as she is told even though it breaks her heart to be away from her family and her beautiful Hawaiian nationEven though England is often chilly and nowhere as colorful and vibrant as Hawaii Kaiulani enjoys her time at boarding school applying herself so that she may become a properly educated princess However bad news travels to Kaiulani about her beloved country back home — the Reformers from America are illegally taking over their nation and forcing the monarchy to dissolve Kaiulani desperately wants to save her country but she is on the other side of the world what can she do?I really enjoyed this book I love learning about Hawaii and its sad history This book is a children’s book so it doesn’t dive into the nitty gritty political details too much but you get the big picture — Hawaii is full of profitable natural resources which the Reformers want to take advantage of The Reformers want to annex the nation to the USA but of course the monarchy does not want that to happen Obviously you know what ends up happening to Hawaii due to its present day situation as the US’s 50th state so you know the book is not going to have a happy ending for Kaiulani making her efforts to save her country seem even tragicKaiulani herself is an admirable young girl Even though she is only fourteen when the book begins you sense an air of maturity around the young lady She loves Hawaii dearly and you can tell it breaks her heart to be far away from her nation and her family She is also very much in control of her emotions and appearance as evident when the reporters swarm around her in America and in England She knows her role she is a princess and she acts accordingly I think Kaiulani would have made an amazing ueen for Hawaii if she hadn’t fallen ill and died shortly after Hawaii fell to America Romantically many like to believe she died of a broken heartThis is definitely one of The Royal Diaries books that I highly recommend She’s not a very well known princess admittedly but this book does a great job providing an introduction to Kaiulani As with all of the books in this series it is a middle school book but even for adults an interesting and short read


  9. says:

    For what this is which is a Royal Diaries children's book installment this is not a bad book This is the first Royal Diaries I've reread as an adult Hawaiian history is a pet project of mine and I seem to recall liking others better than this one when I was a kid such as the Marie Antoinette and Anastasia However there is a lot of politics that I didn't understand or retain when I was a child reading this I'm actually very surprised and impressed to find that this book paints the overthrow of Hawai'i as a grave injustice which in my opinion it wasI have three main complaints about this book The first is that in spite of the smattering of Hawaiian words this is soAmericanized Yes the royal family was Christian and yes Ka'iulani studied for years in Britain but they had such intense native pride and I felt like this was a very watered down representation Much of the action that takes place on the island is about her friendship with the British novelist Robert Louis Stevenson and much of what takes place away from the islands is about her school in Britain Native culture is severely lacking except in occasional food related laments Admittedly you're not going to try to make too much social commentary in a kids book My biggest distraction was if Ka'iulani would actually call Lili'uokalani Auntie Lydia ie by her English name Perhaps she did I'm honestly not sure but it felt a touch disingenuous Second I feel like the word haole was set up wrong and taken out of its racial context Again perhaps because this is a kid's book Third ultimately this book is very critical of ueen Lili'uokalani This is a stance you don't usually see taken up especially in books that are sympathetic towards Hawaiian Royalists By people who desire Hawaiian independence Lili'u is almost always seen as a shining beacon of the monarchy unjustly deposed a victim of her circumstance and the rulers who came before her and largely not to blame for the overthrow Lili'u's stance during the coup was complex she didn't want Hawaiians to fight back aggressively after the coup because she didn't want to shed their blood when so many have already died out though it is commonly agreed upon that had she been willing to sacrifice a few Hawaiians in the fight the monarchy might have persevered In this rendition though it's her political maneuverings surrounding the passing of her new Constitution before the coup that make her to blame for Hawai'i's loss of independence which is what makes the critiue unusual and seemingly biasedUltimately almost all of my critiues are situational and based on complexity of the narrative a rather moot point considering the age range for the book but advisable for any adults who might be reading this As far as children go I think this is a pretty good first step into an invasion story that is not well known


  10. says:

    I found this book very interesting and enjoyable despite its sad end This book was my door opener to the history of Hawaii I found the history of this monarchy is fascinating The book is about the life of Hawaii's last princess Victoria Kaiulani When she was 13 her world is shattered when she is forced to go to school in England She becomes accepting towards her fate as time goes by yet she still misses her beloved Hawaii The story starts in the year 1889 and continues till 1893 in the form of diary entries Her story is sad and touching the losses of her loved ones and her country seem to have driven her in to a forlorn existence by the end of the book and it is sad her dreams for her country did not come true I found Kaiulani heart warming friendship with author Robert Louis Stevenson fascinating They share a great deal of wisdom and insight in their literary discussions Kaiulani struggles bravely with her intense homesickness having been sent halfway around the world into a new culture and a new climate and strives to excel in her studies in spite of the turmoil that dwells within her The books carries a fascinating view of Hawaiian culture the language and the people as Kaiulani learns the ways of her people and their beliefs and dreamsThis poem written by Robert Louis Stevenson to her still lingers in my headHer Island here in the southern sunShall mourn their Kaiulani goneAnd I in her dear banynan’s shadeLook vainly for my little maid