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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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The Art of Kingship

The Art of Kingship

Kalākaua’s Coronation

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Chapter 1 The Art of Kingship
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The Arts of Kingship
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Stacy L. Kamehiro

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University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824832636.003.0002

This chapter examines the coronation and regalia. The orchestration of Kalākaua's coronation in 1883 speaks to the relationship between power and spectacle and how these are integral to political processes. The king and his advisers crafted a ritualized space and selected the coronation regalia, which, infused with the solemnity of the ceremonial, formed a signifying complex communicating the legitimacy of the Hawaiian leadership to local and foreign audiences. Facing increasingly overt and hostile threats to his administration by a predominantly haole opposition and questions regarding his genealogical claims to the throne posed by some of his Native constituency, Kalākaua integrated visual markers of Native Hawaiian chiefly leadership and Western authority to affirm the modernity of the Hawaiian nation and the legitimacy of its ruler and chiefly institutions.

Keywords:   coronation, regalia, Kalākaua', Hawaiian leadership, coronation regalia, political processes, Native Hawaiian, Western authority

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