Emma of Hawaii

Emma of Hawaii – A beloved Queen (Part one)

Emma Kalanikaumakaʻamano Kaleleonālani Naʻea Rooke of Hawaiʻi was born on 2 January 1836 as the daughter of High Chief George Naʻea and High Chiefess Fanny Kekelaokalani Young. She was adopted under the Hawaiian tradition of hānai by her childless maternal aunt, chiefess Grace Kamaʻikuʻi Young Rooke, and her husband, Dr Thomas C. B. Rooke. She would have been nursed by a royal wet nurse and [read more]

Emma of Hawaii

Lost Kingdoms – Kingdom of Hawai’i

The Kingdom of Hawai’i originated in 1795 when the independent islands of Hawaiʻi, Oʻahu, Maui, Molokaʻi, and Lānaʻi united under one government. In 1810, the Kingdom further expanded when Kauai and Ni’ihau joined the Kingdom. Its first ruler was Kamehameha I, who was raised in the royal court of his uncle Kalaniʻōpuʻu, who was the 6th Aliʻi (chief) of Kohala of the island of Hawaiʻi. After a series of [read more]

Book Reviews

In Haste with Aloha – Letters and Diaries of Queen Emma 1881 – 1885 Book Review

This ambitious volume assembled by scholar David W. Forbes features a collection of ninety previously unpublished letters, as well as excerpts from two diaries, written between 1881 and 1885 by Hawaiian royal consort Queen Emma Kaleleonālani. In Haste with Aloha illuminates the last five years of the Queen’s life and makes available an important record of royal [read more]