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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 Artistic Legacy of the Kalākaua Era

The Artistic Legacy of the Kalākaua Era

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(p.127) Chapter 5 The Artistic Legacy of the Kalākaua Era
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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/9780824832636.003.0006

This chapter examines the enduring cultural legacy of the Kalākaua administration, which is testament to the capacity of Kalākaua-era national cultural forms to continue to generate meanings and form communities. The monuments examined in this study represent different modes of meaning-making, however, all demonstrated the history and continuity of the modern Hawaiian nation and did so in a highly public manner. Visual culture mediated the forming of social groups. Drawing the attention of those in whom the Native leadership wished to instill a sense of belonging and optimism for the future, Hawaiian national visual culture fashioned spaces of discourse through which communities—publics—coalesced. Self-creating and self-sustaining publics gain unity, coherence, and identity through representation.

Keywords:   Kalākaua administration, national cultural forms, modern Hawaiian nation, visual culture, social groups, social spaces, Native leadership, Hawaiian visual culture

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