Book Tells the Darker History of How Hawaii Became Part of the U.S.


Julia Flynn Siler’s new book, Lost Kingdom: Hawaii’s Last Queen, the Sugar Kings, and America’s First Imperial Adventure, paints a truer—and more sinister—portrait of how Hawaii was settled by Christian missionaries.

The New York Times's review of the tome quotes Rev. Hiram Bingham—a quote that shows the hubris of the missionaries: “The appearance of destitution, degradation and barbarism among the chattering, almost naked savages, whose heads and feet and much of their sunburnt swarthy skin were bare, was appalling. Can these be human beings?”

We recommend you read the Times's review of the book, which was written by Honolulu native, Malia Boyd. It will reconstruct anything you may have learned about the 50th U.S. state.