Liliuokalani: My Hero

You may have heard of the Queen of England and the King of Nazareth but not many people know about the Queen of Hawaii Queen Liliuokalani. Queen Liliuokalani was the last Queen of Hawaii, she had witnessed the ending of the Hawaiian kingdom when the United States took over the Hawaiian kingdom.

Queen Liliuokalani was born on September 2nd, 1838. After her birth she was immediately adopted by a woman with the first name of Konia who became er foster mother and she was married to a chief named Paki who became her foster father. As she became older, she attended the Royal School, a boarding school run by a missionary. Learning to Liliuokalani was very important. When her school closed she was so devastated. After the closing of her school, Liliuokalani attended a day school. When she was little she learned English and attended church every Sunday.  Liliuokalani had ten brothers and sisters who were all from different families. She always had so much to do with all of her family members. When she was in her stages of becoming an adult, her parents wanted her to marry Lunalilo also known as Prince William. Eventually she was to marry her fiancé Lunalilo but her heart belonged to the son of an Italian sea captain, John O. Dominis. John and Liliuokalani got married. They started their life together at the Washington place, the estate built by the Johnʻs father for his family. As her life went on she did amazing things like writing many books and catholic songs including “Aloha Oe”. Lunalilo passes away not leaving an heir to take the throne. Liliuokalaniʻs brother was next to become king. Only a year after becoming king, Liliuokalaniʻs brother passed away, he passed away from an illness. Liliuokalani was the next to the throne. Liliuokalani was crowned Queen of Hawaii on January 29th, 1981 at the age of 52.

When I heard of all the amazing things that she did as Queen of Hawaii she became my hero.

Liliuokalani is my hero because she put her kingdom before herself. When the Hawaiian Kingdom was overthrown by the American military, Liliuokalani did her best to to gain more power to the monarchy. Her attempt to restore the monarchy was quickly squelched, leading to Liluokalniʻs arrest and convictions of charges of treason. When she was in prison, she was stripped of her powers as a Queen. The reason she is a hero to me is because she loved to help her kingdom, especially when they were in desperate need for her help. She was a very strong leader because she didn’t become depressed when many people close to her passed away. Paki died in 1885, King Kamehameha died a year after Liliuokalaniʻs marriage, her former fiancé Lunalilo, and her brother both died in 1891.

Liliuokalani is a true inspiration to me because she didn’t let people tell her what to do. Especially when her parents told her to marry Lunalilo, she told them no and married her true love, John O. Dominis. She didn’t want to marry somebody who wasn’t her true love. She stands up for whatever she believes in no matter how bad the consequence. She was forced to imprisonment and to sign an abdication forms because she protested against both the United States and Great Britain. When the state of Hawaii was finally annexed to the United States on August 12th, 1898, but the public continued to govern the islands under the authority of the President of the United States. She never let her people tell her what do, especially when it came to to her kingdom. She loved Hawaii with all of her heart, and did whatever she could do to keep the kingdom under her authority even if it meant going to prison.

Liliuokalani is an inspiration to me. She is also 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 make everything right. This is why Liliuokalani is my hero.

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