Books I read before the trip, or bought along the way:
The Betrayal of Liliuokalani, Last Queen of Hawaii, by Helena G. Allen, 1991
Washington Place: A First Lady’s Story, by Jean Aryoshi, 2004
Around the World with a King, by William N. Armstrong, 2009 (King Kalakua’s international trip of 1881 to Asia, Europe and the United States)
Mauna A’la: Hawai’I’s Royal Mausoleum, by Don Chapman with William Kaihe’ekai Mai’oho, 2004
Oahu Revealed, 3rd Edition, by Andrew Doughty, 2010
The Queen’s Quilt, by Rhoda E. A. Hackler and Loretta G. H. Woodard, published by the Friends of Iolani Palace, 2004
Hanai: A Poem for Queen Liliuokalani, by John Dominis Holt
Monarchy in Hawaii, by John Dominis Holt
Recollections: Memoirs of John Dominis Holt, 1919-1935
Robert William Holt: Founder of the Holt Family in Hawaii, by John Dominis Holt and Terry Lawhead, 1988
The Hawaiian Kingdom, Volumes 1 – 3, by Ralph S. Kuykendall, 1996
Hawaii’s Story by Hawaii’s Queen- by Lili’uokalani, Queen of Hawai’i, 1991(basically her autobiography)
The Kumulipo: A Hawaiian Creation Chant, by Lili’uokalani with Martha Warren Beckwith, 2008
The Hawaiian Monarchy, by Allan Seiden, 2005
Websites to check out:
320 Beretania Street
364 South King Street
The bookstore is located in the historic Barracks Building
M-Sat, 9:30 AM to 5PM (phone orders, too, for books and gifts)
Bishop Museum and Library
1525 Bernice Street
Hawaii State Archives
Iolani Palace Grounds
354 South King Street
Native Books/ Na Mea Bookstore
1050 Ala Moana Blvd, Suite 1000
“Read like an Iolani Palace Docent”
http://www.hawaiibookblog.com/?p=3383 blog post dated 23 July 2010, a list of books required if you would like to be a docent at Iolani Palace. Many of the books I listed above are on this list. I could give tours, but it’s a long commute!
It’s almost a given that we will soon be making another trip to Hawaii to continue to research the connections to my family tree. Here are some things I need to look at the next time around:
1.) Nathaniel Bright Emerson- He was the son of Reverend Emerson of the Queen Lili’uokalani Church in Haleiwa, and was a physician and author in Honolulu. Corinne Chun, the curator of Washington Place has several of his writings, and is investigating the connection between John Dominis and Nathaniel B. Emerson.
2.) Visit the Mission Houses Museum in Honolulu, and research some of the other Boston and Massachusetts families who lived in 19th century Hawaii. Many of these women socialized with Mrs. Mary Dominis.
3.) I have not even begun to look at all the correspondence in the Hawaii archives. There are many more boxes of information on the Dominis family, and Lili’uokalani’s own papers and photographs.
4.) Ditto for the archives at the Bishop Museum library.
5.) Have some time to stroll around the Oahu cemetery. It’s like a page out of history reading the names on the gravestones. Right next door to the Dominis family plot was the Damon family of Holden, Massachusetts. This is the town where I grew up, at the same Congregational Church that sent Reverend Damon. I went to Sunday school there, and was married at the same church!
6.) Friends of Captain John Dominis and Governor John Owen Dominis were from Boston. I have copied some correspondence from Captain Charles Brewer of Jamaica Plain to Mrs. Dominis. There are many other letters, and these folks might end up being cousins or just friends.
7.) Who are Reverend Andrew Yates and his wife? They were guardians to the two Dominis daughters, who were left behind in Schenectady to attend a finishing school. Were they relatives of the Jones or Lambert family?
8.) Reconnect with the cousins I just met in Hawaii, and learn more about the family members living in present day Hawaii.
In the meantime, I can look at this end for Boston and Massachusetts links to some of these mysteries. It will keep me busy whilst we collect frequent flier miles all over again!
Copyright 2010, Heather Wilkinson Rojo