Queen Liliʻuokalani, the Dominis Family, and Washington Place, their Home

Queen Liliʻuokalani, the Dominis Family, and Washington Place, their Home


by Riánna M. Williams


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- such as bio's of her three 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 along side her unpleasant comments about people.


Rianna 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 tenth year as a docent at Washington Palace. She did research for and was mentored by H.J. “Jim” Bartels, wrote four books, three articles for the Hawaiian Journal of History amongst other works. She has transcribed and indexed the diaries of Queen Emma, Queen Liliʻuokalani, and the letters of Charles Reed Bishop for the Bishop Museum. She 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 a member of the Hawaiian Historical Society as well.