The Last Reigning Monarch
On January 17th 1893, the Hawaiian Kingdom was overthrown by the United States. But before all of this was happening, Queen Liliʻuokalani was the last monarch to rule the Hawaiian Kingdom. During her reign as the Queen of Hawaiʻi, she had taken a huge role and gained many responsibilities when named the Queen of the Hawaiian Kingdom. Since taking all of these responsibilities, she had to care for the Hawaiian people. If the people of Hawaiʻi werenʻt satisfied by what was happening in Hawaiʻi, the Queen needed change her way and make the people happy. Liliʻuokalani as our Aliʻiwahine fulfilled her kuleana to improve the lives of Hawaiians.
An example of Liliʻuokalani fulfilling her kuleana is when she and her niece Kaiulani went to Washington in 1896. When they went to Washington, they did the “Stand Firm” (Onipaʻa) movement to try and convince Grover Cleveland to restore the Hawaiian monarchy. Even though she wasn’t able to make that happen, she still stood up for the people of Hawaiʻi to try get back how it was in the old Hawaiian days. She knew her kuleana was to stand up for Hawaiʻi and not let the Americans take advantage of the islands, so she tried to stop it ways but wasn’t successful. Even though she wasn’t successful with her movement against the Americans, she had pride in what she did for the people of Hawaiʻi. One example of the Queen taking care and making the Hawaiian people happy was when she builded schools for the Hawaiian keiki. By her building the schools for them, she was able to educate the children and try making them into future leaders of Hawaiʻi. The Queen knew she had to educate the young keiki and since there was only a few small schools for the Hawaiian children, she stepped in to help the Hawaiian people in a way that others cannot. She gave her heart and soul to the keiki of Hawaiʻi and she knew that the education was the most important thing that needed to be taught to the people of Hawaiʻi.
Liliʻuokalani as our Aliʻiwahine fulfilled her kuleana to improve the lives of Hawaiians. She had to do things not only for the people of Hawaiʻi but for the islands of Hawaiʻi too. She had to stand up to the Americans even though they had more power. She still stood up for Hawaiʻi, she may have loss to the Americans but she knew that she died trying for Hawaiʻi and the people of Hawaiʻi. For the people of Hawaiʻi, she did many things for the keiki. The most important thing she did was the building of the schools in Hawaiʻi. There may have already been schools in Hawaiʻi but when she builded more schools, then more keiki can be educated and have a successful life in Hawaiʻi and beyond. So Liliʻuokalani was a successful ruler in Hawaiʻi, she may have had ups and downs but she was the first Queen of Hawaiʻi.