Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Help Ka'iulani's Belongings go to a Hawaiian Institution

At the end of February, there will be a sale of some of Princess Ka'iulani's personal belongings in Honolulu. Evaluation of these items is, we imagine, very difficult. It would be our guess that the items are more valuable than people might expect. It would be wonderful if these items could find their way to Bishop Museum or another Hawaiian institution, so that the items receive the care and restoration they my need.

It is too much to ask an individual to donate historical items, however, a wealthy organization (eg. a bank, airline or manufacturer)could purchase the items and donate to the museum in their own name, thus aiding the individual, and the community, while also receiving an income tax receipt. Sorry to sound crass, but this method has been successful for many Museums in acquiring important artifacts. It has also proven successful in increasing the community appreciation for an organization.

For the opening of "Ka'iulani - The Island Rose", which we hope to be next year, we will be organizing several events. We hope to co-ordinate a show with Bishop Museum, of items from Princess Ka'iulani and the Royal Family to be shown at the same time as the opening of "Ka'iulani - The Island Rose".

Friday, February 12, 2010

Documentary about Princess Ka'iulani

The Ka'iulani Project is hoping to see a documentary on the life of Ka'iulani produced in the next few years. We have been in conversation with several paries. It would be helpful to all to have an objective piece that clearly deals with the facts. The possibility of this would increase if we knew of a relation of Ka'iulani's who lived today in Scotland.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Three Telegrams that Changed Ka'iulani's Life as She Knew It

After receiving the telegrams, Ka‘iulani was shattered. It’s hard to imagine how she would have felt; perhaps if you recall your worst moment – your greatest loss, and then times that by 10 or 20 or 30. Ka`iulani was far from home and life as she knew it was being taken away for her, her family and her entire nation. She may have felt that her life’s purpose, all of her plans, all of her work, all of her education was now pointless.
Lies were being printed about the Hawaiian people and who they were. These articles were printed in newspapers across the United States. Hawaiians were being called barbarians… uncivilized... unable to rule themselves... what did that say about the Queen... what did that say about Ka‘iulani, herself? There were awful political cartoons about her. It was clear that the Americans were receiving incorrect information and did not have direct knowledge of the Queen nor the Princess. For the full story.

See more at The Ka'iulani Project website.