Ka'iulani: The People's Princess, Hawaii, 1889

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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.
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Overview

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.
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KLIATT
The Royal Diaries series contain the most exotic stories—from Tsarist Russia (Anastasia) to King Henry VIII's court (Mary and Elizabeth) and now the island of Hawaii at the end of the 19th century. It was a time when the American families who had come to Hawaii first as missionaries now were agitating to get rid of the Hawaiian monarchy and claim Hawaii as a territory of the United States. They were ultimately successful in this effort in 1893, before Princess Kaiulani ever became queen. Through the events in this story, the princess is educated to become queen and acknowledged as heir to the throne. The diary begins in 1889 as Kaiulani prepares to leave Hawaii to go to school in England, when she is a young teenager. She describes her idyllic life in Hawaii. She is much loved by her Scottish father, mourns the death of her mother (her tie to the Hawaiian royal family), and enjoys a friendship with the visiting author Robert Lewis Stevenson and his family. She tells of her journey to San Francisco and across America by train, the sea journey from New York to England, and her experiences in England as she makes friends and gains confidence. Through all this, she is constantly worried about family and political events in Hawaii. When she is 17, she journeys to the United States on a public relations tour, pleading for the survival of the Hawaiian monarchy, putting herself forward as a model young woman, an educated Christian (not a savage as many Americans thought of Hawaiians), well trained to represent her people. White is an experienced writer of YA fiction and this experience shows in the narrative drive of the diaries: she doesn't neglect the emotional impact of life eventson her subject, so the diary is a story of anguish and joy, confusion and courage. KLIATT Codes: J—Recommended for junior high school students. 2001, Scholastic, 237p, illus, 19cm, $10.95. Ages 13 to 15. Reviewer: Claire Rosser; May 2001 (Vol. 35 No. 3)
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Kaiulani was very informative about how the Hawaiians felt about Hawaii becoming part of the United States. The book also gave a sense of traditional Hawaiian culture. White did a good job of developing the characters and emphasizing their feelings about people and events in the story. This book probably would appeal most to teens interested in history and the history of Hawaii. VOYA CODES: 3Q 4P M J (Readable without serious defects; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9). 2001, Scholastic, 238p. PLB $10.95. Ages 11 to 15. Reviewer: Kristen Moreland, Teen Reviewer
School Library Journal
Gr 4-8-This fictional journal covers a period of four years in the short life of Princess Victoria Kaiulani of Hawaii. Beginning in 1889, the 13-year-old starts recording her thoughts before she is sent to school in England. As heir to the royal Hawaiian throne, she must learn the poise and composure befitting a future monarch, a role she takes very seriously. In the earlier years of the journal, the overall tone is lighthearted, but Kaiulani frequently alludes to the political difficulties confronting the monarchy, which is plagued by exploitative American business interests. As the problems mount, the diary entries become sparse and filled with the princess's personal worries, with mentions of her failing health. The quotidian writing style is often self-conscious and frivolous, maturing along with the teen. The easy-to-read diary format will appeal to young audiences. The epilogue and historical notes that follow are essential for understanding the historical context of the story. The final sections of the book have several pages of photos and a glossary of Hawaiian words that appear in the text. This book provides an effective way of spreading the story of a dignified and courageous young woman. While it is not as well written as some other titles in this series, it is still a worthy addition to collections carrying the "Royal Diaries."-Be Astengo, Alachua County Library, Gaines- ville, FL Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439129091
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/2001
  • Series: Royal Diaries Series
  • Pages: 240
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 940L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.43 (w) x 7.72 (h) x 0.88 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2007

    A Great Book!

    I really liked this book because I didn't really know a whole lot about the Hawaiian monarchy. This brought Ka'iulani to life. The way it was written made it seem like she was talking to you. It was a very good book and I recommend it to anyone wanting to start off reading the Royal Diaries.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2005

    loved it

    I really, really , really really (ect.) LOVED THIS BOOK! At first When I started reading it, I thought she seemed a little girly, you know when she says: 'I Love Anything That's Pink And Frilly' but she's much more then that. She's got courage, and I respect that. I love this book and i reccomend this one to any R.D .fan.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2004

    AN AWESOME BOOK!!!!!

    This is a GREAT book because she expresses her feelings or how she's feeling.She was a great girl and had SUCH COURAGE!!!! She also keeps you in touch on what's going on.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2011

    read now

    The Royal Diaries kaiulaniBook Review If you like diaries, you should read my book, The Royal Diaries kaiulanithe People¿s Princess 1889 by Ellen Emerson White. This book is about Kaiulani and she wants to go to England to finish school. She lives in Hawaii, but her dad won¿t let her go, because he¿ll miss her. This book is sort of sad, but just watches what happens when Kaiulani still goes to England. This book is for people ages ten and up. The story might have some Hawaiian words, but the author gives the meaning in the back of the book. So this book shouldn¿t be that hard for many people. This entire book is really interesting, but it did not win an award. I really enjoyed reading this book. Don¿t forget to read this book by Ellen Emerson White.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2004

    Okay Book

    I would not recommend this book. It was not one of the good books in the series

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2003

    True confesions of a Hawaiin Princess

    This was a very well written book and I absolutely loved it! I reccomend reading it for any girl!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2003

    NOT EVEN LIKE A PRINCESS

    At first I liked this book. She seemed like a real Princess. Then as I read it moer she became more and more like anyone else. She went to school like everyone else, acted like everyone else, and lived like everyone else. This kind of took away the enjoyment about reading about the life of a princess. It was still okay though. If you read Kit Donata's review for Cleopatra you would know how they aren't going to be making anymore of these books after 2004. If you didn't you know it now and I hope that read them before it's too late.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2003

    Interesting in the end

    I thought that this book was very boreing in the begininng but as the book went on it became more interesting. I think that it made me realize how mean our American goverment was to the Hawaiians but I do reconmend it to anyone who can wait till the end.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2003

    Ka'iulani: The People's Princess, Hawaii, 1889

    Immagine your mother has died and you are sent to Engalnd to be educated.While you are away,trouble is brewing in Hawaii.The people want a republic instead of a kingdom. The United States is no help the want Hawaii to become one of its provinces.Your health is failing but still you go to New York and try to help matters.Unfortunatly this Diary is not one of the series best. If you are new to this series do not read this one first.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2003

    Ka'iulani: The People's Princess, Hawaii, 1889

    I did mot particularly like this book. It was not one of the series best. I would not recomend it to anybody who had not read any of the other Royal Diaries.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2002

    Read This Book!

    This book is awesome! It's the best! It's interesting, awesome, and cool. There is never a dull moment in this book and it's the 2nd best royal diary EVER!! Read it!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2002

    The BOMB!!!

    I liked this book because it's very dramatic! Kauilini had very high standeds!! I would love to have her as Queen!!! I despertly reccomend this book!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2002

    A good book, a sad story

    I like this book, but sometimes it gets a little boring. It's also soooooooooo sad what happens to her & her country in the end. I admire her for her bravery in going against the flow.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2002

    It was ok

    This book was definately not one of the better Royal Diary Books. I would not recommend reading this book first out of the series.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2002

    THE BEST BOOK EVER!

    This book was absoulutley great! I loved the drama! I can't really tell you how much I liked it without giving away the ending but BUY IT! You'd absolutley love it, I know I did!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2002

    Kaiulani, The peoples Book!!

    I really liked this book it had a great storyline being as thought it is real!, but it was quite sad in the end when all of her friends pass away but the rest of the story is great!!!!, i recommend it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2002

    Boring Book Ever

    This book was SOO boring! She kept on going on about how sad she was and how her life was so sad! This was so boring and I stress it deeply. I read just to get it over with and to get it out of my life! I would never recommmend this book.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2001

    Great Book!

    This book tells the story of young Kaiulani Cleghorn,a Hawaiian prinsess during the last years of Hawaii's monarchy. She travels to England to complete her schooling which will help her become Hawaii's future Queen.During this time,Hawaii is forced to be annexed to the United States.Therefore,her family's monarchy becomes just another part of forgotten history This book is a wonderful addition to the Royal Diaries series

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2001

    Great Book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I loved this book, it think that everyone should read it and see what happened to the famous Hawaiian Princess Victoria Kaiulani Cleghorn.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2001

    The tragic story of Hawaii's last princess.

    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.

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