Princess Ka’iulani was a bright young member of the Hawaiian monarchy, most known for her impassioned protest against the overthrown and annexation of Hawaii, the country she was meant to rule. The young woman toured across America, speaking to both press and public about the unjust takeover of her kingdom by American businessmen. Although this further proved to be practically in vain, history has not forgotten the sympathy-inducing young princess who braved a country alone for the sake of her home.
Crown Princess Victoria Ka’iulani Cleghorn was born on October 16, 1875 to Princess Miriam Likelike and Scottish businessman Archibald Scott Cleghorn as the highest born ali’i (noble) of her ...view middle of the document...
Back in Hawaii, the monarchy had been overthrow; her aunt, Queen Liliu, dethroned. The Kaiulani Project, which described the princess’s life, said it best:
“Ka`iulani was far from home and life as she knew it was being taken away for her, her family and her entire nation. She may have thought that her life’s purpose, all of her plans, all of her work, all of her education was now pointless. Lies were being printed about the Hawaiian people and who they were. These articles were printed in newspapers across the United States. Hawaiians were being called barbarians… uncivilized... unable to rule themselves. […] It was clear that the Americans were receiving incorrect information about the Hawaii situation […]”
Ka’iulani saw little use in speaking to the press; Liliuokalani had been ignored, and she was a queen of a nation. Not to mention the humiliating and deceitful information being spread about her and her family across America; she doubted anyone would see the truth of her character, or her education.
However, just before she set sail for America, Ka’iulani did manage to make a statement to the English press:
“Four years ago, at the request of Mr. Thurston, then a Hawaiian Cabinet Minister, I was sent away to England to be educated privately and fitted to the position which by the constitution of Hawaii I was to inherit. For all these years, I have patiently and in exile striven to fit myself for my return this year to my native country.
I am now told that Mr. Thurston will be in Washington asking you to take away my flag and my throne. No one tells me even this officially. Have I done anything wrong that this wrong should ‘be done to me and my people? I am coming to Washington to plead for my throne, my nation and my flag. Will not the great American people hear me?”
In 1893, the disposed princess...