Academic journal article Anglican and Episcopal History

The Queen and I: A Story of Dispossessions and Reconnections in Hawai'i

Academic journal article Anglican and Episcopal History

The Queen and I: A Story of Dispossessions and Reconnections in Hawai'i

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The Queen and I: A Story of Dispossessions and Reconnections in Hawai'i. By Sydney Lehua Iaukea, (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2012, pp. xii, 210. $28.95.)

Familiar as we noware with the idea that the personal is political, Sydney Lehua Iaukea's recent work drives home the point that the personal is also cultural and historical. Ostensibly a record of her great-great grandfather's (Curtis P. Iaukea) life and service to the Hawaiian royal family through his diary and corroborated by state land records and judicial proceedings, Iaukea has painstakingly constructed a picture of the complex web of relationships between the power elites of the Hawaiian kingdom, as they negotiated their way into the ages of a republic and then a territory. Throughout this work, the author is at pains to hold together a diversity of perspectives as well as to represent fairly a variety of interests. Her work reminds us that human stories are at once personal, psychological, social, political, cultural, and historical.

Fully aware now of her own family's secrets around her famous ancestor and what became of his property, the author helps us to understand how the definitions of land ownership, social and legal, evolved in tandem with changing definitions of Hawaiian ethnicity and civil rights. …

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