Washington Place, A First Lady's Story
In a warm, personal memoir, Hawaii’s former First Lady Jean Ariyoshi tells the story of her years at Washington Place, the state’s gubernatorial mansion, and the home of Lili’uokalani, last monarch of Hawaii.
In 1974, inspired by First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy’s restoration of the White House, Jean Ariyoshi embarked on a restoration of Hawaii’s royal residence. She opened the house to the public for tours and special events.
This lavishly illustrated book tells the quintessential American success story. Jean Ariyoshi grew up in a small Hawaiian town. As a teenager, she wore slips she made from old rice bags and adored American movie stars. Her husband, George Ariyoshi, served in the U.S. Army, became an attorney, and embarked on a political career of 32 years of service to Hawaii culminating in three terms as Governor from 1974 to 1986.
George and Jean Ariyoshi blended the Hawaiian legacy of gracious hospitality rooted in their homeland and a deep respect for their Asian heritage with American openness and opportunity for all. Jean Ariyoshi tells her story with charm and candor.
Hardbound: 200 pp. Color & b/w photos.
SIGNED COPIES AVAILABLE! We were able to get a limited number of copies signed by Jean Ariyoshi. Signed copies will be sent in the order received. Subsequent orders will receive an unsigned copy.