A Real Hawaiian Princess Ka'iulani
A movie is being released called Princess Kaiulani . It is about one of Hawaii’s most revered and beloved royalty.
Victoria Kawekiu Lunalilo Kalaninuiahilapalapala Ka'iulani was born in 1875 to Princess Miriam Likelike and Archibald Cleghorn. Her father was a prominent Honolulu businessman who was born in Edinburgh Scotland. She was in line to be the next heir to the Hawaiian thrown following Queen Lili'uokalani.
Ka'iulani was often pursued by eligible bachelors from the nobility and the upper class of the European society. She had exotic beauty that was admired by many including Robert Louis Stevenson. Ka'iulani sailed to England, was taught many languages, social graces, literature, and other subjects. She became the first member of the Hawaiian royalty to receive the kind of training traditionally given to the children of European monarchs in preparation for ascending the throne.
Hawaiians considered Ka'iulani as "Our Last Hope" when annexation seemed imminent. Ka'iulani went to Washington and spoke to the president of the United States on behalf of her people to help stop the annexation. She showed courage, diplomacy, grace, compassion, dignity and internal strength which made her an amazing role model for young women.
She lost her energy after annexation and sought to get far away from Honolulu with the arrogance of the new government and its atmosphere of swaggering American soldiers. Ka'iulani irresponsibly went horse riding too often in the chilly wind and rain. Doctors diagnosed her condition as rheumatism of the heart and she died March 6, 1899, surrounded by her heartbroken father, friends and relatives.
The movie "Princess Kaiulani" is the true story of a Hawaiian princess' attempts to maintain the independence of the island against the threat of American colonization.
I am really looking forward to watching this movie to see how well they portray the princess. There was some controversy over the name of the movie. It was supposed to be released with the name "The Barbarian Princess", but later was changed due to the negative connotation.
The actress chosen to play Princess Ka'iulani is Q'orianka Kilcher. She will be wearing replicas of original pieces worn by the princess and authentic costumes reflecting the late 19th century. Kilcher was born in Germany and moved to Hawaii with her family at age 2. She is a mixture of Peruvian, French, Spanish, German, Quechua and Huachipaeri.
Kilcher expressed her love of the movie and said "my hope is that this film will spark people's interest in wanting to learn about Hawaii's history and the overthrow of the monarchy. It seems like it's a story not too many people are aware of because it's been pushed under the rug. So, I'm excited for it to be not only seen here in the states, but around the world.
Here are some excerpts from the score performed by the incredible cast that took part in the show. "The Last Princess", book and lyrics by Larry Johnson, music
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