1891-1893: The Last Queen of Hawaii

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Liliuokalani and R. L. Stevenson, 1889

“Liliʻuokalani (1838 – 1917) was the last monarch of Hawaii. She inherited the throne from her brother Kalākaua on 29 January 1891. The Queen was deposed on 17 January 1893 and temporarily relinquished her throne to “the superior military forces of the United States”. She had hoped the United States, like Great Britain earlier in Hawaiian history, would restore Hawaii’s sovereignty to the rightful holder.

“Liliʻuokalani was arrested on 16 January 1895, several days after the failed Counter-Revolution. She denied any knowledge at her trial, and was sentenced to five years of hard labor in prison and fined $5,000. The sentence was commuted to imprisonment in an upstairs bedroom of ʻIolani Palace, where she composed songs including The Queen’s Prayer (Ke Aloha o Ka Haku)”

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6 Responses

  1. Lotus

    Thank you for this! Hawai’i’s rocky history with the US ended with the islands finally becoming part of the nation, but what a sad way to be added to the greatest nation in the world. I wonder what would’ve happened if her brother, King Kalakaua survived?

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  2. KingGeorge

    I don’t think that USA are the greatest nation in the world? Why that? European countries have longer history, richer culture, traditions. USA are greatest maybe with their military power, but not with their culture.

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  3. Alan

    “Thank you for this! Hawai’i’s rocky history with the US ended with the islands finally becoming part of the nation, but what a sad way to be added to the greatest nation in the world.”

    Who says its over? Crushing dissent in a colonised people is not the same as a happy ending. Amazing how the world rallies around colonialised majorities – like in Rhodesia or South Africa, but if the colonisers become a majority then it’s a fait accompli?

    Are native Hawaiians really so pleased to have their islands owned by the United States?

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  4. Alan

    Speaking of which, China is busy busing ethnic Chinese into Tibet as we speak. Does that mean when ethnic Chinese – with no wish for Tibetan independence from China – are a majority in Tibet that all’s well that ends well?

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