The Best Hawaii History - June 2022

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Julia Flynn Siler

Julia Flynn Siler is a bestselling author and writer. She wrote LOST KINGDOM: Hawaii's Last Queen, that the Sugar Kings, and America's First Imperial Experience and THE HOUSE OF MONDAVI: The Fall and Rise of an American Wine Dynasty, that were both New York Times bestsellers. An award-winning journalist and former foreign correspondent for The Wall Street Journal, she lives in Northern California with her husband and 2 sons. She is now at work on a background set in San Francisco's Chinatown at the turn of the 20th Century, forthcoming from Alfred A. Knopf. Please visit to find out more.

Julia discussed Lost Kingdom on NPR's All Things Considered on Sunday, February 26th. To listen to the meeting with Weekend Edition Sunday host Guy Raz or to read the excerpt on NPR's site, please visit


Q&A using Julia Flynn Siler on her Most Recent novel, Lost Kingdom:

Why would You Opt to write a book about Hawai'i?

A couple of decades ago, my loved ones and I had been invited to spend the weekend at a ranch near San Francisco owned by some family members. In a tour of the house, they swung open the door of the old barn. Inside was a treasure trove of exactly what collectors call "Hawaiiana" - fierce-looking totems, grass skirts, feathered staffs, and carved wooden bowls called calabashes. That's when I started thinking about the ties between California and Hawai'i - and began to wonder if some of the terrific fortunes on the West Coast had their roots in the seas.

Just how can you follow up on this hunch?

Shortly after visiting that particular barn, I went to the library searching for books that might explain the cultural and commercial ties between both Hawai'i and California. One, in particular, caught my attention; it had been about Claus Spreckels, a twentieth century business tycoon whose nickname has been

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Gavan Daws

SHOAL OF TIME has been Gavan Daws' publication. It became the #1 bestselling record of Hawaiʻnonetheless

Daws has composed another broadly printed novels, roughly HawaiʻI, the Pacific, and Asia--among them "Prisoners of the Japanese: POWs of World War II in the Pacific" and "Holy Man: Father Damien of Molokai" the biography of a nineteenth-century missionary priest who gave his life in the service of Hawaiian leprosy sufferers and was made a saint in 2009.

For a decade and a half, Daws headed historical research on the Pacific and Southeast Asia in the Australian National University's Institute of Advanced Studies. During that time, he was a part of the UNESCO Commission on the Cultural and Scientific History of Humankind, and he was elected to the Academy of the Humanities.

Daws' additional work includes documentary movies that have won awards internationally; a stage play with music and choreography; an opera libretto; and song lyrics.

He and his Hawaiʻi-born spouse reside in Honolulu.

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