The Arts of Kingship: Hawaiian Art and National Culture of the Kalākaua Era

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University of Hawaii Press, 2009 - Art - 266 pages
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The Arts of Kingship offers a sustained and detailed account of Hawaiian public art and architecture during the reign of David Kalākaua, the nativist and cosmopolitan ruler of the Hawaiian Kingdom from 1874 to 1891. Stacy Kamehiro provides visual and historical analysis of four key monuments--Kalākaua's coronation and regalia, the King Kamehameha Statue, 'Iolani Palace, and the Hawaiian National Museum--drawing them together in a common historical, political, and cultural frame. Each articulated Hawaiian national identities and navigated the turbulence of colonialism in distinctive ways and has endured as a key cultural symbol. These cultural projects were part of the monarchy's concerted effort to promote a national culture in the face of colonial pressures, internal political divisions, and declining social conditions for Native Hawaiians, which, in combination, posed serious threats to the survival of the nation. Kamehiro interprets the images, spaces, and institutions as articulations of the complex cultural entanglements and creative engagement with international communities that occur with prolonged colonial contact. Nineteenth-century Hawaiian sovereigns celebrated Native tradition, history, and modernity by intertwining indigenous conceptions of superior chiefly leadership with the apparati and symbols of Asian, American, and European rule.
  

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Contents

Hawaiian National Art
1
The Art of Kingship Kalākauas Coronation
26
Palaces and Sacred Spaces Iolani Palace
55
Memorializing The Monarchy The King Kamehameha Monument
77
ReCollecting History The Hawaiian National Museum
97
The Artistic Legacy of the Kalākaua Era
127
Catalogue of the Hawaiian National Museum and Library
139
Historical Figures
185
Notes
189
Glossary
225
References
227
Index
257
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Stacy L. Kamehiro is associate professor in the History of Art and Visual Culture Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

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