Kaiulani: The People's Princess, Hawaii, 1889 (The Royal Diaries)

by The Royal Diaries (Series)

Other authorsEllen Emerson White (Author)
Hardcover, 2001



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Scholastic Inc. (2001), 240 pages. $10.95.


Follows the life of Victoria Kaiulani Cleghorn from 1889 to 1893 as she studies to be a better princess, even as Hawaii's monarchy, and her throne, are being undermined by American businessmen.

Original language


Physical description

240 p.; 7.72 inches

User reviews

LibraryThing member AngelaB86
Written as a diary, about Kaiulani, Princess of Hawaii, her experiences at boarding school, and having to watch her country be taken away. A great series for young girls!

One feature of the Royal Diaries series is once the story is finished, the author includes a section which is only facts:
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pictures/portraits of the main characters, family trees, a "What life was like in (insert name) lived" to help the reader distinguish between what we know about the characters, what we assume from artifacts found, and what the author made up to help the story along.
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LibraryThing member t1bclasslibrary
This series is interesting because it shows princesses struggling for their rights as heirs and generally having a tough time of it. This one details the tragic story of how control of Hawai'i was stolen from her native people and given to the US. We learn it from a Hawai'ian princess who has been
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pulled from her native country just before the turmoil and forced to watch everything from England where she boards at school.
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LibraryThing member Beammey
Heart breaking. That's how I would describe this book. It had it's fun and funny parts, but mostly my heart was breaking for Kaiulani and her people. So many horrible things happened to them and to her in particular and I never knew. I had never heard of her or what happened to the people on the
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Islands of Hawaii. It's a disgrace, really, and I'm glad I know now and I hope I don't forget. The book is worth the read just for the historical value alone if you didn't know about this like me. Well written, very good. 5 out of 5 stars. I would recommend this book in a heart beat.
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