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Posted January 8, 2000
Sharon Linnea's biography of Ka'iulani, Hawai'i's crown princess (still loved and revered by the Kanaka Maoli people and their supporters)is a welcome addition to the limited number of Ka'iulani biographies available,although it suffers from a unfortunate interpretation of the Princess' significance at the end, making her an 'American heroine'. Ka'iulani never considered herself an American, and should not be considered one now. She died the Princess of an occupied country, not a 'citizen' of the nation that broke international law to 'acquire' her homeland. If it weren't for this troubling spin at the book's conclusion (largely derived from the dated viewpoint of the Princess' earlier biographers, the Webbs)the book could be considered the most detailed and accurate bio of this Kanaka Maoli heroine available. The definitive work on Ka'iulani's short life remains to be written - probably by a scholar of Kanaka Maoli ancestry.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.