Virtual Speaker Series highlights the discoveries and work of diverse history and humanities scholars who work with Hawaiian Mission Houses’ extensive archives, and whose work informs our contemporary world. Each hour long presentation begins with the guest speakers and ends with Q& A from the audience.
October 2023 Virtual Speaker Series: Kamehameha III’s Political Strategy
Hosted by Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives.
- Guest speaker: Dr. J. Susan Corley was born and raised in Koʻolaupoko, Oʻahu and holds a doctoral degree in history from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Her scholarly emphasis is in Hawaiian history.
- She is the author of “Leveraging Sovereignty: Kauikeaouli’s Global Strategy for the Hawaiian Nation 1825-1854”. In this book, Susan’s research about Kauikeaouli’s campaign to maintain sovereign control demonstrates that he deliberately molded the kingdom’s responses to political changes in ways that suited Hawaiians’ own cultural and governance needs. S
- Dr. Corley will speak on Kamehameha III’s international relations strategies. What sets her analysis of Kauikeaouli’s actions apart from others is her use of his own words, in his own language, contained in his own administrative documents. Those records show that his political actions were deliberate, well-reasoned, and relied on his broad understanding of western politics and commerce. Far from being the ineffectual leader as he is so often portrayed, Kauikeaouli emerges as a superb political strategist who succeeded in keeping his kingdom independent during very perilous times.
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