You may have heard of the Queen of England and the King of Nazareth but not many people hear about the Queen of Hawaii. Her name is Liliuokalani and she was the last Queen of Hawaii who witnessed the end of the kingdom of Hawaii when the United States took over.
|Liliuokalani Posing for a picture |
Liliuokalani was born on September 2nd, 1838. When she was born she was
immediately adopted by a woman named Konia, who became her foster
mother, and her chief named Paki, who became her foster father. When she
became older, she went to a Royal School, a boarding school run by
missionaries. To Liliuokalani, learning was very important. When her
school closed in 1848, she attended a day school also run by the
American military. When she was a little girl she learned English and
went to church every Sunday. She had ten brothers and sisters who were
all from different families. But with so much to do and so many family
members, she said that she never got enough to eat. When she was a young
adult, her parents wanted her to marry Lunalilo also known as Prince
William. She was supposed to marry her fiance Lunalilo, but her heart
belonged to the son of an Italian sea captain named John O. Dominis.
John and Liliuokalani married. They began their married life at
Washington place, the estate built by the groom's father for his family.
Before Liliuokalani was proclaimed Queen, she wrote many books and
Catholic songs including "Aloha Oe." Throughout her life, she never
settled down to have kids. Later on, her former fiance, Lunalilo passed
away not leaving an heir to take the throne. Liliuokalani's brother was
next to become king. Only a year after he was pronounced king, he passed
away from a terrible illness. Liliuokalani was the next to the throne.
Liliuokalani was then crowned Queen on January 29th, 1891 at the age of
fifty-two. When she became Queen, she became known as a hero.
Liliuokalani is known as a hero because she always put her kingdom before herself. When her kingdom was being taken over by the American military, she did her best to gain more power to the monarchy. Liliuokalani protested to both the United States and Great Britain, but to no avail. An attempt to restore the monarchy was quickly squelched, leading to Liliuokalani's arrest and conviction on charges of treason. When she was in prison, she was basically stripped of her powers as a Queen. Liliuokalani is also known as a Queen because she did a lot of community service when she was a Queen. She loved to help her kingdom out when they were in desperate need of her. She is a very strong hero also because she didn't become depressed when many people close to her passed away. Paki died in 1885, King Kamehameha died a year after Liliuokalani's marriage, her former fiance Lunalilo, and her brother died in 1891. Even though she lasted as Queen for only a year, she was still an inspiration to many people both in Hawaii and out.
|Liliuokalani in her big chair |
Liliuokalani is an inspiration to many people because she wouldn't allow people to tell her what to do. When her parents wanted her to marry Lunalilo, she told them no and married her true love, John O. Dominis. She didn't want to marry someone who she wasn't in love with. She stood up for what she believed in, no matter how bad the consequence was. She was imprisoned in the Lolani Palace and forced to sign abdication papers because she protested against both the United States and Great Britain. Hawaii was officially annexed to the United States on August 12, 1898, but the Republic continued to govern the islands under the authority of the President of the United States. She never let people tell her what to do, especially when it came to her kingdom. She loved Hawaii and she did whatever she could to keep it under her authority, even if it meant having to go to prison.
Liliuokalani inspires many people. She is known as my hero because she never let people tell her what to do and she always put her kingdom before herself. It shows that she really cared for her kingdom and that she was willing to do anything to make it right. Liliuokalani is my hero.