May 29, 2017

The last reigning monarch of the islands of Hawaii, Liliʻuokalani dedicated her time on the throne to protecting the native people of her kingdom and fighting against American annexation. She attempted to pass a new constitution that would help to restore power to native Hawaiians and grant more power to the throne, so that she would be better equipped to support her people in the face of increasing U.S. involvement. She believed in peaceful resistance, valuing the lives of native Hawaiians above all else, and she was forced off the throne in 1898. Despite her loss of political power, Liliʻuokalani helped to curate and preserve Hawaiian culture, even composing music (like the classic Hawaiian song “Aloha Oe”) and writing poetry herself.

Source: Nylon

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