Presentation on theme: "“The people to whom your fathers told of the living God, and taught to call 'Father,' and whom the sons now seek to despoil and destroy, are crying aloud."— Presentation transcript:
“The people to whom your fathers told of the living God, and taught to call 'Father,' and whom the sons now seek to despoil and destroy, are crying aloud to Him in their time of trouble; and He will keep His promise, and will listen to the voices of His Hawaiian children lamenting for their homes.” - Queen Liliuokalani Carleigh Jones & Ilia Sargent- Barba 8-3
Early Years Queen Liliuokalani born as Lydia Lili‘u Loloku Walania Wewehi Kamaka‘eha was born in Honolulu on September 2, 1837.She was the daughter of high ranking chiefs Caesar Kapa‘akea and Anale‘a Keohokālole, and sister of David Kalākaua, Miriam Likelike and William Pitt Leleiōhoku. Upon her birth she became the hanai child of chiefs Laura Konia and Abner Paki. Because she went to royalty school at age 4, she was more experienced then most children her age. Although many know her as a famous Queen, as a child she loved to sing and write music. In 1891 her brother, King Kalākaua died leaving Liliuokalani succeeded to the throne.
Later in life. In 1862, Liliuokalani married Dominis would eventually serve the monarchy as the Governor of O'ahu and Maui. They had no children. Also according to private papers she was not very satisfied with her marriage. Dominis died shortly after she assumed the throne, and the queen never remarried. As queen one of her first acts was to recommend a new Hawaii constitution, as the "Bayonet Constitution" of 1887 limited the power of the monarch and political power of native Hawaiian which made Hawaii a constitutional monarchy. In 1893, Queen Liliuokalani decided to empower herself and Hawaiians through a new constitution which she herself had drawn up and now desired to declare as the new law of the land of Hawaii. Queen Liliuokalani sought to amend the constitution to restore some of the power lost during the reign of her brother. Local sugar planters and businessmen feared a loss of influence and instigated an overthrow. To avoid bloodshed, the Queen gave up her throne on January 17, 1893 after being deposed and jailed for 8 months in 1895 but was released on parole in 1896.
"E onipa‘a...i ka ‘imi na‘auao" (Be steadfast in the seeking of knowledge). Although many may think Queen Liliuokalani was a horrible woman, we believe she was in fact a notable woman. In our eyes she was the Hawaiian Queen Elizabeth because of the good things she did or try to do for her home country Hawaii. Despite Hawaii's republic government now, in the time of ascension to the throne she sought to amend the constitution to restore some of the power lost during the reign of her brother. In fact, Queen Liliuokalani was the last reining monarchy of Hawaii. In conclusion, Queen Liliuokalani was a great woman and she deserves to be recognized as such.
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