Fall 2019 Lecture – Reclaiming Kalākaua

Known as the “Merrie Monarch,” King David Kalākaua was acknowledged to a far greater degree for his keen intellect, marked efficiency, and sophisticated diplomacy by nineteenth- century Hawaiian- and English-language publications. Reading from Reclaiming Kalākaua, Dr. Tiffany Lani Ing will examine the mōʻī’s genealogy of misrepresentation and seek to present a more nuanced and complete amplification of the character of Kalākaua using Hawaiian-language materials published during his reign (1874–1891). Dr. Ronald Williams Jr. will lay the groundwork for an understanding of new works that are being published in Hawaiian history by reviewing past research methodologies and the problematic narratives that they produced, leaving narrow and biased understandings of Hawaiʻi and its people.

Please join us for a presentation presented by the Hawaiian Historical Society and Laka me Lono Resource Center on Friday, November 15, 2019 from 5:30-8pm at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Kamakakūokalani, Hālau o Haumea.

Paid parking is available at the Hawaiian Studies parking structure.

Speaker Biographies

Dr. Tiffany Lani Ing, from Mānoa, O‘ahu has a Ph. D. in English from The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and currently is an English teacher at Hālau Kū Māna. Her book, Reclaiming Kalākaua: Nineteenth-Century Perspectives on a Hawaiian Sovereign (UH Press), examines ka Mōʻī David La‘amea Kamananakapu Mahinulani Nalaiaehuokalani Lumialani Kalākaua in English- and Hawaiian-language newspapers, books, travelogues, and other materials published in the United States, abroad, and in Hawai‘i during his reign. Her interests include nineteenth-century Hawaiian-language newspapers, nineteenth-century Kānaka ʻŌiwi narratives of Native nationalism, and post-colonial, indigenous discourse and theory.

Dr. Ronald Williams Jr. holds a PhD in History with a specialization in Hawaiʻi and Native-language resources. He is a former faculty member within the Hawaiʻinuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge at UH Mānoa and a past president of the 127-year old Hawaiian Historical Society. He currently works as an archivist at the Hawaiʻi State Archives and serves as Hoʻopaʻa Kūʻauhau (Historian) for Ka ʻAhahui Hawaiʻi Aloha ʻĀina. He has published in a wide variety of academic and public history venues including the Oxford Encyclopedia of Religion in America, the Hawaiian Journal of History, and Hana Hou! Magazine.

Mahalo to Nā Hawaiʻi ʻImi Loa hui haumana for assisting with the event.