Who was Liliʻuokalani?
You may have heard of Queen Elizabeth of England, or Prince Tut of Egypt, But have you heard of the great majesty of the islands you may not have known was a sovereign and literate kingdom, Queen Liliʻuokalani? Liliʻuokalani, her birth name being Lydia Liliʻu Loloku Walania Wewehi Kamakaʻeha was one of the greatest people who stood this earth, from her bravery, to her being imprisoned in her own estate, this queen was a brave and bright Hawaiian. I am going to talk about how she was well educated and how she inspired the Hawaiian culture to be literate and also be music-makers.
Liliʻuokalani was a hanai sister of the famous Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop, founder of the Kamehameha Schools an indeed literate and educated scholar. One of the first academic events that happened throughout her life was when she went to the Royal School, although she did not wish to leave her home she did and she became well educated. Lili’u was at the top of her class, she was one of the smartest Hawaiian young girl at the time. Her sister Bernice Pauahi taught her how to play the piano and helped her throughout hard events during school, that was when Lili’u’s musical life began.
As a teenager she became more into the Hawaiian politics, at the time the Kamehameha IV was the monarch of Hawai’i. Then Kamehameha IV has passed away and all of Hawai’i was mourning, then the next ali’i ascended Kamehameha V, whom Lili’u has a fine relationship with. Lili’u studied and studied, she wanted to know more about politics, and she was composing all kinds of music. She was finding a man with the same interests as her that she could marry, they loved to compose, write and just be in to politics. Lunalilo was about to marry Lili’u but they broke their engagement, she then fell in love with John O. Dominis. Lunalilo became king shortly after but short after he died and Kālakaua, Liliʻuokalaniʻs brother was elected into the heir. Liliʻuokalani was Kalākauaʻs heir apparent. To be a proper heir apparent, she changed her name to Liliʻuokalani. She filled a lot of files, composed music, it’s almost like her day was filled with education. Her brother and she worked all day. She translated the Kumulipo, one of the longest chants of all time, and she even read the bible every day to be more connected with her Christian God, and Jesus. Soon after her brother Kalākaua passed away.
Liliʻuokalani was the new monarch of Hawaiʻi, with her new power and education she revived Hawaiʻi from the Bayonet Constitution that Kālakaua established with the United States. Soon after she became queen, unfortunately American businessmen came to Hawaiʻi, what did they do? Force the most educated queen to be locked in her own room, in her own palace, she did not have rights to the Hawaiian Kingdom. During Liliʻuʻs time locked in the palace she was restricted to do a lot of things. She was intelligent though, she read the newspaper, she wrote in a journal, and she most importantly composed so many songs, Aloha ʻOe, Kuʻu Pua I Paoakalani and so much more. She was an example of how Hawaiians are smart as well, even when were locked in a bubble with people surrounding us about how were so dumb and lazy.
She was a very educated and awesome Hawaiian, she showed how much the Hawaiian people could be dedicated to their people, how smart they actually are, and that were not just some fat and lazy humans that arenʻt meant to go to Ivy League Colleges and become dictors and lawyers, but instead supposed to be hula tiki bar hotel workers. She did so much for us.