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The Arts of Kingship: Hawaiian Art and National Culture of the Kalakaua Era

Stacy L. Kamehiro


This book offers an account of Hawaiian public art and architecture during the reign of David Kalākaua, who ruled the Hawaiian Kingdom from 1874 to 1891. The book provides visual and historical analysis of Kalākaua's coronation and regalia, the King Kamehameha Statue, ‘Iolani Palace, and the Hawaiian National Museum, drawing them together in a common historical, political, and cultural frame. These cultural projects were part of the monarchy's effort to promote a national culture in the face of colonial pressures, internal political divisions, and declining social conditions for Native Hawaiia ... More

Keywords: Hawaiian public art, Hawaiian architecture, David Kalākaua, King Kamehameha Statue, ‘Iolani Palace, Hawaiian National Museum, Native Hawaiians, cultural exchange, postcolonial identity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780824832636
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824832636.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stacy L. Kamehiro, author
University of California, Santa Cruz