Date of Publication: 2005
Size: 6 x 9
Dr. William Hillebrand (1849-1886) takes his place as one of the most influential foreigners in the Hawaiian Islands in this fascinating biography. Not only was Dr. Hillebrand an accomplished medical physician, having been chief medical doctor at Queen's medical hospital and personal physician to King Kamehameha V, but he is credited with introducing many of Hawai'i's ornamental plant species. The author guides us through Hillebrand's 21 years in Hawai'i, from his arrival in 1850 to his departure in 1871, and his continuing influence from abroad. Culled from his 150-year-old letters and documents, a remarkable man of Hawaiian history comes to life before the reader's eyes.