Queen Lili'uokalani Essay example

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Queen Lili'uokalani had ambitious plans for the nation of Hawaii, and wanted to see the rightful power of the monarch restored. Even though she was doing what she thought was best for the people of Hawaii, her dream was never meant to be. She would become known as the last queen ever to reign over the Hawaiian Islands. In the beginning, Hawaii was unknown to any humans. Polynesians eventually came across its islands, and decided to make it their home. In the early days, each island was ruled by a chief, and many times the islands were in conflict with each other. Centuries like this passed, but then "in 1782, [Queen Lili'uokalani's] cousin Kamehameha set out to conquer and unite the islands". Thirteen years later, in 1795, Kamehameha…show more content…
Lili'uokalani "found the school food tasteless and the portions too small." (Guzzetti 14) Not only did the Cookes teach the children American ways, but they also taught them Christian beliefs, making them abandon their polytheistic religious views. Lili'uokalani also learned how to speak English at the school which became an asset to her when she was later to become queen. She studied music as well, and down the road she became a renowned Hawaiian singer and songwriter. In the mid 1880's she published the song "Aloha Oe" meaning "Farewell to Thee," which became one of the most famous pieces of music ever written in Hawaii. (Guzzetti 14, 15, 22, 23) "Aloha Oe" did not give Lili'uokalani all of her fame. What did, of course, was the fact that she became a queen. The monarchy began with Kamehameha's conquering and uniting of all the Hawaiian Islands (Guzzetti 10). After Kamehameha's death in 1819, his son, Liholiho assumed the title Kamehameha II. During a trip to London to visit the King of England in the summer of 1824, Kamehameha II and his wife, Queen Kamamalu contracted the measles and both died. Kamehameha II's younger, nine year-old brother was proclaimed Kamehameha III. When he died in 1854, after a thirty-year

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