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Author Julia Flynn Siler on Hawaii’s controversial past




"Lost Kingdom: Hawaii's Last Queen, the Sugar Kings, and America's First Imperial Adventure" by Julia Flynn Siler.
Atlantic Monthly Press

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Most people know that Hawaii was the last region in North America to enter the union, but many don’t know the elaborate history of the islands prior to being annexed. In her book "Lost Kingdom: Hawaii’s Last Queen, the Sugar Kings, and America’s First Imperial Adventure," author Julia Flynn Siler sheds light on the influential people and events that contributed to defining Hawaiian history and culture.

Siler depicts the ancient monarchy that ruled the islands for generations and illustrates how the U.S. controversially pushed the last Queen of Hawaii, Lili’uokalani, out of power for U.S. military and commercial interests. Patt takes a closer look at that island paradise, the battleground of empire that a queen and our current president have called home.

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How has Hawaiian culture changed since it became a state? How appropriate was it for the United States to annex Hawaii in light of the Congressional Apology Resolution and the Hawaiian sovereignty movement? What more should the U.S. do, if anything, to redeem itself to the indigenous people of Hawaii?

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Julia Flynn Siler, author of "Lost Kingdom: Hawaii's Last Queen, the Sugar Kings, and America's First Imperial Adventure"