Her Majesty, The Mother of Many
Lydia Liliʻu Loloku Walania Wewehi Kamakaʻeha also known as Queen Liliuokalani was born on September 2, 1838. She was adopted at birth by Abner Paki and his wife, Konia. She was a woman of strength and love that stretched far beyond her present Hawaiʻi. It expanded to the past and the future. Throughout her lifetime of love, tragedy, and loss she still managed to write songs, prayers, and hula of hope and love.
January 17, 1893 came and so did the American Forces. Queen Liliuokalani had no choice but to surrender herself and the kingdom of Hawaiʻi. She did not want to risk the lives of her children of Hawaii for her freedom. During imprisonment she wrote songs, pule, and hula of hope and compassion even for those who imprisoned her. Songs Like Aloha oe, the queen’s prayer and many more. In fact the lyrics of the Queen’s prayer translate to, Your loving mercy, Is as high as Heaven, And your truth, So perfect, I live in sorrow, Imprisoned, You are my light, Your glory, my support, Behold not with malevolence, The sins of man, But forgive, And cleanse, And so, o Lord, Protect us beneath your wings, And let peace be our portion, Now and forever more Amen. And she says forgive and cleanse. She has to be truly a woman of power and compassion to be able to write those words while being held captive.
In conclusion, Queen Liliuokalani cared for all of her Hawaiian people past, present, and future. She showed Alaka’i Lawelawe servant leadership and Kūlia excellence. And she wasnʻt just a queen, she was the last monarch, a mother, a representation of the Hawaiian culture and her generation. She fought to the very last minute which makes me as a Kamehameha student love and appreicate her for the amazing woman she was and alway will be. Forever in our hearts, Queen Liliuokalani, loved by all.