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The King’s Speech

Liholiho’s Hawaiian translation of The Book of Common Prayer

Book Reviews / Between 1862–63 King Kamehameha IV, born Alexander ‘Iolani Liholiho Keawenui, completed and published the first Hawaiian translation of The Book of Common Prayer of the Church of England. As part of the church’s 150th anniversary of its founding, the Episcopal Church in Hawaiʻi has reprinted the King’s translation. The King, along with his beloved wife Queen Emma made extraordinary contributions to the Kingdom of Hawaii. As the reclamation of Hawaiian language increases every day, this reprinting, regardless of whether you are religious or not, provides another glimpse into Hawaii’s rich and complex history.

Ka Buke O Ka Pule Ana… Episcopal Church in Hawaiʻi, 2012. Hardcover facsimile, 397 pages