Lost Palaces of Hawai‘i

Royal Residences of the Kingdom Period


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About the Book

The remains of Kaniakapp—King Kamehameha III’s summer residence—bear no traces of the feast that once served ten thousand of his subjects gathered in celebration of Hawaiian sovereignty. Although not all historic Hawaii residences are still standing, the pictures, photographs, and comprehensive maps in this book can provide a wealth of knowledge. Discover the site of Queen Ka’ahumanu’s death, Princess Ruth Ke’eliklani’s house, which rivaled the splendor of King Kalkaua’s official palace, and Lili’uokalani’s home, where Robert Wilcox plotted an armed insurrection to overthrow the Constitution of 1887.

Using accounts by missionaries, ship captains, early visitors, and reports in English and Hawaiian-language media, this groundbreaking book provides an extensive look into the now-lost residences of the kingdom’s elite. Learn about the historic events that took place in the residences of Hawaiian royalty and see how the island chiefs lived their everyday lives.

About the Author(s)

The late Ralph Thomas Kam was the author of several articles in the Hawaiian Journal of History. He lived in Kaneohe, Hawai‘i.

Bibliographic Details

Ralph Thomas Kam

Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 296
Bibliographic Info: 123 photos, maps, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2022
pISBN: 978-1-4766-8811-4
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4634-3
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vi
Preface 1
Introduction 3
Chapter 1. Royal Residences of Hawai‘i Island 11
Chapter 2. Royal Residences of Maui and Moloka‘i 32
Chapter 3. Royal Residences of Waikīkī 52
Chapter 4. Royal Residences of the Palace Yard and Vicinity 92
Chapter 5. Other Royal Residences of O‘ahu 121
Chapter 6. Royal Residences of Kaua‘i 222
Chapter 7. Preservation of Lost Palaces 231
Conclusion 243
Chapter Notes 247
Bibliography 265
Index 283