KAIULANI (Haku ia e Likelike) [composed by her mother, Likelike]
Lahilahi ke ala o ia uka,
Kilakila i ke ao aina,
Hookahi pua nani i ka lipo,
I ka onohi wai anuenue,
Puia aala i ke onaona,
Luhea i ka wai iliahi,
Ka nahele kapu o ia kini,
Malu wehi ana i Kapoula,
Haina ia mai kuu lei,
O Kawekiulani he inoa.
Source: Filename: Hula-71, MKP Collection. Disk #HU<https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/hu/>-2.
On this day, October 16, in the year 1875, Victoria Ka'iulani Kawekiu I Lunalilo Kalaninuiahilapalapa Cleghorn was born. She was the only child of Princess Mariam Likelike, sister to King Kalākaua and Queen Liliʻuokalani, and Archibald Cleghorn a Scotchman.
At the age of 15, Kaʻiulani was proclaimed Crown Princess of Hawaiʻi by her aunt, the Queen.
Two years later, the Hawaiian Kingdom was illegally overthrown and Queen Liliʻuokalani deposed. The Crown Princess of Hawaiʻi bravely and most thoughtfully sought the audience of those who could influence a change and restore her kingdom. Although, she was eventually admired and respected by her American audience, her pleas did not sway action to be taken against the injustices that had been taken against her people and nation.
Over the next few years, Kaʻiulani remained in Europe. After nearly nine years abroad, Kaʻiulani returned to Hawaiʻi in 1897.
Just one year after her return, while on a horse ride in the mountains of Hawaiʻi Island, she got caught in a storm and came down with a fever. Kaʻiulani was brought back to Oʻahu where her health continued to decline. She died on March 6, 1899 at the age of 23.
Image: Hawaii State Archives
Date: ca. 1897. Photographer: Williams, J.J., 1853-1926