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‘Iolani Palace: A Metaphor for Two Centuries of Hawaii History’ Book Signing with Dr. Carol Maxym

August 3, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Written by Dr. Carol Maxym and MacKinnon Simpson, this book tells the story of the ‘Iolani Palace in photos and words, from pre-palace (as we know it) to today.  The authors had unusual access to the Palace for photos, so readers will have the opportunity to see views of the Palace never seen or published before.

This beautiful 150-page book includes more than 200 color and historical photographs, period newspaper clippings, and explanatory text. The authors were allowed exceptional access to the Palace, allowing for photos of the interior never seen or published before. Researched from original sources, this Palace history provides an insightful tour not only through the Palace but through two centuries of Hawaii history.

Presented in a “coffee-table” style, this book invites readers to appreciate the full history and historical importance of the Iolani Palace through photos and intriguing captions. For readers with a deeper interest, the text delves into the history of the only royal palace in the United States. The ʻIolani Palace is truly a metaphor for two centuries of Hawaii history.

For more information visit iolanipalacebook.org

Author Biographies:

After studying and living in many places on the U.S. Mainland and in Europe, Carol Maxym, Ph. D. found her home in Honolulu.  She is a psychologist, consultant, author, librettist, activist, mother, and grandmother.  Writing ‘Iolani Palace:  A Metaphor for Two Centuries of Hawaii History, is one of many projects about Hawaii and its history that Dr. Maxym continues to work on.  She is the librettist of the opera, The First Lie, about the [in]famous Massie Case that rocked Honolulu in 1931-32 and reverberates yet today.  She and Mac Simpson are also collaborating on a book about the Massie Case.

MacKinnon Simpson grew up on a family farm in Pottersville, NJ, but has lived in Hawaii for almost half a century.  The father of two and tutu kane to a pair of rambunctious grandkids, Simpson has self-identified as a writer since the third grade.  In addition to twenty-some books on Hawaii’s history, he has written silliness for the Tiger Magazine, the occasional radio jingle, a computer manual, and all the exhibits for a maritime museum.  If there’s a Mac keyboard around, he’s likely tapping on it.


August 3, 2019
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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