Have you ever wondered about the state of Hawaii and how it was added to the US? Did you know that Hawaii is the only state that contains a former Royal Palace? I did not know much until I picked up this book. This history outlines many pivotal events for Hawaii: the struggles of last two Hawaiian ruling families after the arrival of Captain Cook in 1778; the arrival of missionaries in the 1830s who started major agricultural export industries; the overthrow of Queen Lili'uokalani in 1893; and the annexation of the islands as a US Territory. The story centers around Lili'uokalani and the royal family but paints a colorful picture of a nation trying to preserve its traditions while defining its role in the 19th century. Give it a try to gain a new perspective on our history.
Recommended by Carol Landis