The Last Aloha
Author: Quinn Gaellen | Paperback
How did Hawaii become part of America? This story, inspired by true events suppressed for nearly 100 years, is the one James Michener never wrote. In 1886, Laura Jennings travels to Hawaii to live with missionary relatives. She imagines she'll live in a grass hut, ministering to savages. When she arrives in Honolulu, she's surprised on arriving in Honolulu, the Hawaiians have developed a sophisticated and prosperous kingdom" and Laura's family is among the wealthy elite plotting to overthrow the monarchy.
To avoid her conniving uncle's control, Laura leaves to work for the royal family and learns her family's prejudices against them are false. The last Queen, Lili-uokalani, wages a tragic struggle to save the Kingdom. As the Missionary Party's opposition intensifies, the queen's efforts reveal a power that can restore the spirit of a people caught up in a turbulent, changing world, and Laura discovers how her own family's long-hidden secrets can lead the way to reconciliation. Through choices she makes when every avenue is blocked, Laura sees the power that can restore the spirit of a people caught in a turbulent world and discovers how long-hidden secrets of her own family.
"Inspired by true events, The Last Aloha explores the deep recesses of Hawaii's history. It details the final days of the monarchy and the queen's struggle to save her throne. Quinn's extensive research through original 19th- and 20th-century documents, conversations with native Hawaiians, and visits to the original sites make her book thorough." -- Kira Taniguchi "Austin Woman Magazine"