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Lost Palaces of Hawai’i: Royal Residences of the Kingdom Period by Ralph Thomas Kam

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The remains of Kaniakapupu–King Kamehameha III’s summer residence–bear no traces of the feast that once served ten thousand of his subjects gathered in celebration of Hawaiian sovereignty. Although not all historic Hawaii residences are still standing, the pictures, photographs, and comprehensive maps in this book can provide a wealth of knowledge. Discover the site of Queen Ka’ahumanu’s death, Princess Ruth Ke’elikolani’s house, which rivaled the splendor of King Kalakaua’s official palace, and Lili’uokalani’s home, where Robert Wilcox plotted an armed insurrection to overthrow the Constitution of 1887. This comprehensive guide to the Hawaiian royal residences aims to bring history and location together. Using accounts by missionaries, ship captains, early visitors, and reports in English and Hawaiian-language media, this groundbreaking book provides an extensive look into the now-lost residences of the kingdom’s elite. Learn about the historic events that took place in the residences of Hawaiian royalty and see how the island chiefs lived their everyday lives.

Author Ralph Thomas Kam holds a doctorate in American studies from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa with an emphasis on Asian and Pacific American studies.