Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Queen Lili'uokalani

"Q" is for Queen Liliuokalani, the last monarch of the sovereign nation of Hawaii. She reigned from 1891 to 1893, just a little short of 2 years. During that time she sought to restore some of the power that had been lost during her brother's reign. Local sugar planters and businessmen feared a loss of revenue and influence and sought to overthrow the monarchy. To avoid bloodshed, the Queen yielded her throne on January 17, 1893. A provisional government was established at that time. In 1898, Hawaii was annexed to the United States by a resolution signed by President McKinley.

In 1898 Queen Liliuokalani wrote the book, Hawaii's Story by Hawaii's Queen. It was written as an appeal to the conscience of America in an attempt to restore Hawaii as a sovereign land. Here is a quote from the introduction to her book:
"Oh, honest Americans, as Christians hear me for my downtrodden people! Their form of government is as dear to them as yours is precious to you. Quite as warmly as you love your country, so they love theirs. With all your goodly possessions, covering a territory so immense that there yet remain parts unexplored, possessing islands that, although new at hand, had to be neutral ground in time of war, do not covet the little vineyard of Naboth's, so far from your shores, lest the punishment of Ahab fall upon you, if not in your day, in that of your children, for "be not deceived, God is not mocked." The people to whom your fathers told of the living God and taught to call "Father," and whom the sons now seek to despoil and destroy, are crying aloud to Him in their time of trouble; and He will keep His promise, and will listen to the voices of His Hawaiian children lamenting for their homes."
But her poignant plea for justice went unanswered. Queen Liliuokalani died in 1917 at the age of 79.


  1. Lovely passage, if a bit sad when we consider history.

    Thank you for your comment on my post. I can only imagine the types of wonderful fresh flowers you must find in Hawaii!

  2. What a beautiful letter! She was quite a queen!

    "do not covet the little vineyard of Naboth's, so far from your shores,"

    She hit the nail on the head, didn't she?

    Thanks for your words and visit!

  3. i.ikeda, thanks for your comment. This chapter of American history as it relates to Hawaii is definitely a sad one. We don't actually live in Hawaii. We live in Texas in the country and we are surrounded by beautiful wildflowers especially during April and May.

    Penned Pebbles, thanks for your visit. The queen definitely hit the nail on the head, in my opinion.

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