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born 1838

The daughter of high chiefs, Lydia Dominis became Queen Lili'uokalani in 1891 following the death of her brother King Kalakaua. Sadly, the reign of Hawaii's first female ruler didn't last long. US businessmen had forced her brother into a constitution that limited the power of the islands' royalty and native inhabitants. When Liliuokalani tried to reassert her authority and the rights of her people, the US forcibly overthrew her government + annexed her territory.

Liliuokalani spent the rest of her life petitioning to have the islands' sovereignty restored. Today, she remains a symbol of Hawaiian culture and independence ~ and, a reminder to honor + preserve heritage in spite of political change.

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her quotes

all quotes by Queen Liliuokalani (17)

"Aloha 'oe, farewell to thee . . . One fond embrace before I now depart. Until we meet again."

Aloha 'Oe | january 1878

"I was a studious girl; and the acquisition of knowledge has been a passion with me during my whole life."

Hawaii's Story by Hawaii's Queen | january 1898

"Love of country is deep-seated in the breast of every Hawaiian, whatever his station."

Hawaii's Story by Hawaii's Queen | january 1898

"The cause of Hawaiian independence is larger and dearer than the life of any man connected with it."

Hawaii's Story by Hawaii's Queen | january 1898

"To compose was as natural to me as to breathe; and this gift of nature, never having been suffered to fall into disuse, remains a source of the greatest consolation to this day."

Hawaii's Story by Hawaii's Queen | january 1898

"At noon of the tenth day of April, 1877, the booming of the cannon was heard which announced that I was heir apparent to the throne of Hawaii."

Hawaii's Story by Hawaii's Queen | january 1898

"The Hawaiian people have been from time immemorial lovers of poetry and music."

Hawaii's Story by Hawaii's Queen | january 1898

"The feelings of one who has been imprisoned, politically or otherwise, can only be understood by a person who has passed through the ordeal."

Hawaii's Story by Hawaii's Queen | january 1898

"Hours of which it is not yet in place to speak, which I might have found long and lonely, passed quickly and cheerfully by, occupied and soothed by the statement of my thoughts in music."

Hawaii's Story by Hawaii's Queen | january 1898

"I have pursued the path of peace and diplomatic discussion, and not that of internal strife."

Hawaii's Story by Hawaii's Queen | january 1898

"I owed no allegiance to the Provisional Government so established, nor to any power or to any one save the will of my people and the welfare of my country."

Hawaii's Story by Hawaii's Queen | january 1898

"That first night of my imprisonment was the longest night I have ever passed in my life; it seemed as though the dawn of day would never come."

Hawaii's Story by Hawaii's Queen | january 1898

"It was the intention of the officers of the government to humiliate me by imprisoning me, but my spirit rose above that. I was a martyr to the cause of my people, and was proud of it."

Hawaii's Story by Hawaii's Queen | january 1898

"I could not turn back the time for political change, but there is still time to save our heritage. You must remember never to cease to act because you fear you may fail."

to her adopted daughter | january 1917

"Never cease to act because you fear you may fail."

to her adopted daughter | january 1917

"The way to lose any earthly kingdom is to be inflexible, intolerant and prejudicial. Another way is to be too flexible, tolerant of too many wrongs and without judgment at all. It is a razor’s edge. It is the width of a blade of pili grass."

to her adopted daughter | january 1917

"All things in this world are two: in heaven there is but One."

to her adopted daughter | january 1917
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