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Hawaiian National Bibliography, 1780-1900: Volume 4: 1881-1900
ed. by David W. Forbes

A record of printed works that records the most volatile period in Hawaii's history. American business interests and the desire for a constitutional monarchy were pitted against the desire of the monarchs to strengthen the power of the throne. The 1887 and 1889 revolutions were succeeded by the overthrow of the monarchy on January 17, 1893. 2004 Ka Palapala Pookela Award for Excellence in Text or Reference Books. (808pp - hardcover $120)

Dismembering Lahui: A History of the Hawaiian Nation to 1887
by Jonathan K. K. Osorio

Using legislative texts, contemporary newspapers, and important works by Hawaiian historians and others, Osorio plots the course of events that transformed Hawaii from a traditional subsistence economy to a modern nation. 2003 Ka Palapala Pookela Award for Excellence in Nonfiction and in general Hawaiian culture. (310pp - softcover $25, hardcover $55)

Hawaii's Story
by Queen Liliuokalani

This book was first published in 1898 and is an account of those difficult years at the end of the 19th century, when native Hawaiian historian David Malo's 1837 prophecy concerning "the small ones" being "gobbled up" came true for the Hawaiian islands.
(374pp - softcover $7.95)

Voices of Wisdom Hawaiian Elders Speak
by M. J. Harden

Hawaiian tradition honors the elders as keepers of its knowledge and wisdom. Through interviews with 24 kahuna, leaders of the cultural renaissance, we learn about disciplines, talents or skills that are keeping lit the flame of a culture that nearly died. (240pp - softcover $24.95)

Ruling Chiefs of Hawaii
by S. M. Kamakau

Beginning with the traditional history of the great chief Umi and ending with the death of Kamehameha III in 1854, this volume covers the rediscovery of the Hawaiian Islands by Captain James Cook, the consolidation of the Hawaiian Kingdom by Kamehameha I, the coming of the missionaries and the changes affecting the kingdom during the first half of the nineteenth century. (430pp - hardcover $44.95)

From a Native Daughter: Colonialism and Sovereignty in Hawaii
by Haunani-Kay Trask

This provocative, well reasoned attack against the rampant abuse of Native Hawaiian rights, institutional racism, and gender discrimination, has generated heated debates in Hawaii and throughout the world. (272pp - softcover $21)

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