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Kaiulani: The People's Princess (The Royal Diaries) Hardcover – 1 Apr 2001

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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic; Later Printing edition (April 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439129095
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439129091
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13.8 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 978,658 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on 6 Aug. 2001
Format: Hardcover
I found this book exelent but not as good as some of the others in the series. It was interesting because it gave alot of information about Hawaii and the royal family there. I found the section at the end on languages excelent. However the ammount of Hawaiin words in the diary its self sometimes got confusing. Even so it was an excellent book for all ages.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x91ddb2f4) out of 5 stars The tragic story of Hawaii's last princess. 15 Feb. 2001
By Rebecca Herman - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Born to privilege in 1875 as the daughter of King Kalakau of Hawaii's youngest sister Miriam Likelike and her Scottish husband, Archibald Cleghorn, Princess Victoria Kaiulani Cleghorn enjoyed a luxurious childhood. But her life has not been without sorrow - Kaiulani suffered the tragic loss of her young mother when she was just eleven. Second in line to inherit the throne, Kaiulani is sent to England at the age of thirteen to be educated. Even though it is her duty as an heir to the throne, Kaiulani longs for her beautiful home and her family. In England, Kaiulani is a stranger in a strange land. Her only reminder of home is her half-sister Annie, who has accompanied her. But as years go by, England finally begins to seem like something of a second home. But even far from the place of her birth she cannot escape tragedy. Her uncle, the King, dies, and his surviving sister, Liliuokalani, becomes Queen. Now Kaiulani is heir apparent to the throne of Hawaii. But if the Americans have their way, there will be no throne left for Kaiulani to inherit. Told through the form of Kaiulani's fictional diary entries from 1889-1893, this book revealed what life was like for Hawaii's last princess.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x91ddb348) out of 5 stars A country that would have had a Wonderful Queen: Kaiulani 21 Oct. 2001
A Kid's Review - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I had read this book and I think it's great. It made a picture in my mind of Hawaii when ruled under a monchary. It made me feel so relaxed I wished I was there! Kaiulani tells about her moments on Hawaii before going to England for schooling. One thing she loves is her tall tree and her peakoks. Kaiulani also says that she can't wait to be Queen of Hawaii.
In England, she says it isn't that bad. She is homesick though. Kaiulani tells about how she likes England and its way of life. She even makes friends. But, then she finds out that her Aunt is now Queen of Hawaii. After her aunt would pass away, Kaiulani would inherit the throne. Sadly, that was never meant to be full filled.
When she arrives back at her home, she feels good to get back to her tree, peakoks, and the climate. Then she finds out that Hawaii is going to become part of the US. So, her family gets around the Queen of Hawaii at the palace, the Hawaiian anthem played for the last time, and its flag lowered and the US flag raised. That was it. The monchary of Hawaii was destroyed. As Kaiulani grows up, she struggles to get Hawaii's monchary back. She couldn't, she tried. In her 20's she died. Many think because of a broken heart. Hawaii would never forget Kaiulani. She would have been a wonderful Queen. A Queen that would fight for her country.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x91ddbe70) out of 5 stars One of the best books I've read on Hawaiian history . . . 16 April 2001
By Valerie Rohrbach - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This is the first book I've ever read on Hawaiian history. However, this will not be the last. This book informed me of the most disgraceful way the United States aquired Hawaii. Kaiulani is a wonderful person who was concerned about her country's independence, and although she did not achieve her goal of setting Hawaii free, she gave the most distinct impression that she is a strong young woman that was capable of fighting for her country's freedom.Kaiulani:The People's Princess really points out Kaiulani's willpower and sacrifice for her country, and points out the horrid service we did to Hawaii. To me, this book points out the truth in the history of Hawaii as a state and how we shrugged off Kaiulani's efforts toward her country. Even if you are not a child, I recommend this book as an essential to read. It really points out some things that I never realized about Kaiulani and Hawaii.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x91ddb5d0) out of 5 stars Hawaii's Last Princess 10 May 2001
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Kaiulani-The People's Princess is one of the best Royal Diaries I have ever read! I've read 5 others, but Kaiulani is the best by far! The story takes place in 1889 Hawaii, and continues to 1893. I love the era of western expansion and the story of how the United States got Hawaii is very interesting. I recommend this book for history buffs like me, but anybody's welcome!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x92d1f144) out of 5 stars The Princess who lived and died for her land 24 Aug. 2001
By Athena - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Victoria Kaiulani Cleghorn, Kaiulani by many, was the last Princess of the Hawaiian monarchy. This book starts with her age 13 to 18. Kaiulani, born to Princess Miriam Likelike and her scottish husband, Archibald Scott Cleghorn, was second in line for the Hawaiian throne. Even though Kaiulani had lost her mother at young age, the early parts of this book depicts a rich, royal childhood which includes her developped and true friendship with author Robert Louis Stevenson (Treasure Island). Kaiulani is sent to England for an education. She becomes homesick for her tropical homeland but adapts to England which becomesa second home, pied-a-terre. She longs for her family and homeland more when she hears of the political troubles between the Hawaiian Royalistes and the American businessmen who want Hawaii for America. When Kaiulani's uncle, the King, dies, her Aunt Liliuokalani, takes the throne but is soon pushed off by the Americans. Kaiulani, 18, rushes to America to plead with the Americans to not take her land. Though her efforts admirable and brave, Kaiulani does not suceed. Throughout the story and beyond, she suffers many tragic losses of friends and relatives. In the end, she dies at age twenty-three. This was my first book on Hawaiian history and through this book, I think I will pursue others on Hawaiian monarchy and history. Kaiulani has wonderful characterization and this book really shows how tragic things might have drove her to an early death. She had a hard life of losses of friends and her land. Despite what some reviewers might have said, she was intelligent and brave. She tried to help her country when it was in need though other forces pushed against her, she did her best for her people and her land. This was the tragic and real life tale of the last Hawaiian Princess.
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