Who was Liliʻuokalani

Who is Liliʻuokalani, how did she affect the lives of many Hawaiians with her kuleana in the past and in the present? To me, Liliʻuokalani as our Moʻiwahine, fulfilled her kuleana to improve the lives of Hawaiians.

Lydia Liliʻu Loloku Walania Wewehi Kamakaʻeha was born on the 2nd of September, 1838. She was the last Hawaiian queen to take the thrown after the passing of Bernice Pauahi Bishop. She really fulfilled her Kuleana in many ways, such as how she was focused on helping the Hawaiian people by being active in organizing schools for Hawaiian youth. She was aware of the loss of power in the Hawaiian monarchy during Kalakaua’s time as king and wanted to restore it. She did this by opposing the Reciprocity Treaty of 1887, this treaty, signed by Kalakaua, and grated free-trade between the United States and the Hawaiian kingdom. It also guaranteed a duty-free market for Hawaiian sugar in exchange for special economic privileges for the United States that were denied from other countries. Because of her actions, all of the western businessmen grew a strong disliking of Liliʻu and tried to make plans to take away her authority. Eventually the treaty did lead to the annexation of the Hawaiian Islands.

The Hawaiian Islands are now a part of the United States, despite the Queen being illegally overthrown. However during Liliʻu’s time as queen, she fought extremely hard for her people in an effort to prevent the overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy. In January of 1893, Sanford B. Dole, a missionary from the west, came to Hawaii and declared that Queen Liliʻuokalani be de-throned and the Hawaiian Islands become one with the United States. Liliʻu and others like President Cleveland, and the Onipaʻa movement, a group of protestors that fought against Sanford B. Dole, did everything in their power to prevent the Hawaiian Islands from becoming overthrone. However the Hawaiian Islands did get annexed and became the 50th state of the United States. Even though liliʻu failed, her attempts to prevent the annexation were what showed that she knew her Kuleana and also showed that she knew what was best for the hawaiian people.

Liliʻuokalani as our Moʻi Wahine fulfilled her kuleana to improve the lives of Hawaiians. She did this by identifying what her Kuleana was, and by also identifying what she needed to do for the Hawaiian people. When the monarchy lost power, she helped restore it. When the Monarchy was being overthrown, she did everything she could have done to prevent it from happening. This is why Liliʻu fulfilled her Kulena and did what was necessary for the hawaiian people.

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