Queen Lili'uokalani, the Dominis Family, and Washington Place, their Home
Staying away from the usual politics, Queen Liliʻuokalani, the Dominis family, and Washington Place, their home starts with the personal story of Queen Liliʻuokalani, tells of her husband and his family, and finishes with the story of a great house that has always been an important social and political hub. There is much new information about the Queen —including biographies of her 3 hanai children, her own comments about her husband and their marriage, her late life almost-romance, her always precarious financial situation, her ability to mix Hawaiian and Western cultural and religious beliefs, her kindness and caring , alongside her unpleasant comments about people.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Riánna Williams is an independent historian, specializing in the Hawaiian monarchy period. She spent 9 years as a docent at ʻIolani Palace and is in her 10th year as a docent at Washington Palace. She did research for and was mentored by H.J. “Jim” Bartels, wrote 4 books, 3 articles for the Hawaiian Journal of History, and numerous articles for various venues, all on Hawaiian history. Riánna has volunteered on and off at Bishop Museum library and archives for 20 years, including transcribing and indexing the diaries of Queen Emma, Queen Liliʻuokalani, and the letters of Charles Reed Bishop. She belongs to several historical organizations and is a Life Member of the National Society of Arts and Letters. In 2002 she was honored by The Foundation for Hawaiʻi Women’s History and the Alu Like Native Hawaiian Library. She is also a member of the Hawaiian Historical Society.