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Princess Ka'iulani: Hope of a Nation

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Princess Ka'iulani: Hope of a Nation

by Sharon Linnea


Quick Overview

UpKaiulani, who died in 1899 at the age of 23, was Hawaii's last princess. Even before the tumultuous events that led to her country's eventual annexation by the United States, her personal life had been sad and difficult. Her mother died when she was 11; at 13, she was sent to boarding school in England. Relying heavily on primary sources, Linna presents a thorough and detailed account of her subjects' life. At times, the data is overwhelming and is in need of judicious pruning. There is considerable fictionalizing, and a chronology and family tree are sorely needed. The author gives a preliminary explanation of the Hawaiian language, but her glossary is incomplete. Still, this is an interesting, accessible book about an intriguing individual. Black-and-white photos and reproductions add visual interest.


On March 1, 1893, Princess Ka'iulani, 17, stepped onto the pier at New York City, realizing she stood at a crossroads in history. This biography tells the fascinating story of Princess Ka'iulani's life and courageous fight for Hawaiian independence. Using newly translated journals and letters, Sharon Linnea introduces young readers to the most beloved figure in Hawaiian history, and one of America's most overlooked Christian heroines. 30 photos. Size 0.67" H x 9.0" L x 7.02" W, 242 pages

Additional Information

ISBN 9780802850881
Author Sharon Linnea
Age Group 12-17
Book Type paperback

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