'Hula Heaven: The Queen's Album' by Mark Blackburn
'Hula Heaven: The Queen's Album' by Mark Blackburn Paperback: 95 pages Publisher: Schiffer Pub Ltd; Limited Edition, Signed by Author edition (June 2001) Language: English ISBN-10: 0764313339 ISBN-13: 978-0764313332 This book, through photographs taken in the 1880's and 1890's, represents the ultimate Hawaiian experienceand art form: the Hula. The images shown here were gathered by the last reigning monarch of Hawaii, Queen Liliuokalani (1839 - 1917), who reigned from 1891 until 1893.The pictures were presented to her personal nurse as a token of her Aloha. Author Mark Blackburn takes a look at the fascinating life of the Queen through a brief history of her reign. The photographs are, for the most part, previously inknown and unpublished, and represent some of the most powerful and poignant images of Hula known to exist. Several non-Hula images are among the photos, adding interest to the album's contents. Each copy is personally autographed by Mark Blackburn.