King Hawaii Research Paper

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Hawaii’s Last Monarch On September 2, 1838, Hawaii’s last monarch was born. Her name was Lydia Lili’u Loloku Walania Wewehi Kamaka’eha, but most people called her Lydia or Lili’u. At birth Lili’u was adopted by Laura Konia and Abner Paki, as was tradition in the Hawaiian culture at the time. Lili’u’s brother, Kalakaua, was anointed as King of Hawaii, but when he died Lili’u was the only heir to the throne. Queen Liliuokalani was a strong monarch, she fought for her kingdom, and she gave her people hope. In the time of Queen Lili’uokalani’s reign, America was abounding with imperialism. While King Kalakaua traveled the world, Lili’uokalani ruled Hawaii and there was chaos on the island. The United States passed a new tariff known as the McKinley Tariff, which jeopardized the profits Hawaii made growing sugar. Even though America was sending troops to Hawaii to try to capture the palace and other government buildings, Liliuokalani stayed true to her motto, ‘Onipa‘a (be steadfast, established, firm, resolute and determined) –Queen Liliuokalani (Queen Lili’uokalani Trust). The Island was in trouble and her brother was away, so Lili’uokalani had to step up and protect her beloved home.…show more content…
Albert F. Willis came to Hawaii to overthrow the monarchy. He had prejudices against the queen and gained the support of many native Hawaiians. Mr. Willis was followed by American troops, and the troops wandered around the city of Honolulu with firearms at hand. The Queen had to be careful during this time and had to make sure that no spies or harmful people would come into the palace. “...He will keep His promise, and will listen to the voices of His Hawaiian children lamenting for their homes. It is for them that I would give the last drop of my blood; it is for them that I would spend, nay, am spending, everything belonging to me.”-Queen Liliuokalani (Liliuokalani, xii). Actions were needed to be taken in order to save Hawaii and restore the

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