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The Arts of KingshipHawaiian Art and National Culture of the Kalakaua Era$
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Stacy L. Kamehiro

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780824832636

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824832636.001.0001

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Hawaiian National Art

Hawaiian National Art

(p.1) Introduction Hawaiian National Art
The Arts of Kingship

Stacy L. Kamehiro

University of Hawai'i Press

This introductory chapter is an overview of Hawaiian national art and their origins, how colonial forces have shaped these art objects, and the role they play in Hawaiian culture. In particular, it looks at the manifestations of national culture brought about during the reign of David Kalākaua. While his reign of seventeen years was not the longest in early modern Hawaiian history, it witnessed an explosion of creative activity centered in the kingdom's capital, Honolulu. This king sought to instill a sense of cultural and national pride among Native Hawaiians, notably through literature and the visual and performing arts. In fact, his reign has been described as “The First Hawaiian Renaissance.” Some of the cultural and national projects associated with his reign have had lasting impact on Hawaiian communities and are today cherished symbols of Hawaiian culture and history.

Keywords:   cultural pride, national pride, Hawaiian national art, Hawaiian culture, Hawaiian history, David Kalākaua, colonialism, Hawaiian Renaissance

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