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Princess Kaiulani Of Hawaii

Updated on February 17, 2012

Princess Kaiulani

Did you know that Hawaii had Kings and Queens? I did not know they did until my intuition and a past life regression brought me to discover this. I proceeded to look up what had come to me intuitively and found out that indeed there was a princess in the 1800's in Hawaii. Of course Kaiulani (pronounced by those who knew her Kay-oo-lani). She actually lived in Europe for many years, still Hawaii was where her heart was.

She was known as the heart of the people and the hope of the nation.

Born on October 16, 1875 during the reign of King Kalakaua, Victoria Kaiulani Kalaninuiahilapalapa Kawekiui Lunalilo was named for England’s Queen Victoria, a longtime friend to Hawaiian royalty. Her mother was Princess Miriam Likelike, sister to Kalakaua. Her father was Scottish-born Archibald Cleghorn, one-time governor of Oahu.

Facts about Princess Kaiulani

  • She was friends with the poet Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Victoria Ka’iulani was named for the Reigning Monarch of England Queen Victoria
  • Ka’iulani lived with a British guardian and second father named Theophilus Davies while in England
  • She was able to speak English, Hawaiian, French and German
  • She was only 23 when she died
  • Her name means the highest point of heaven

A poem for Kaiulani

Forth from her land to mine she goes, The Island maid, the Island rose, Light of heart and bright of face, The daughter of a double race. Her Islands here in southern sun Shall mourn their Kaiulani gone. And I, in her dear banyan's shade, Look vainly for the little maid. But our Scots Islands far away Shall glitter with unwonted day, And cast for once their tempest by To smile in Kaiulani's eye. ~Robert Louis Stevenson

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"I must have been born under an unlucky star,

as I seem to have my life planned out for me

in such a way that I cannot alter it..."

~Princess Kaiulani

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Years in England

Kaiulani was sent away to England to further her education. During her absence, the Hawaii's monarchy fell on troubled times, including the unexpected death of King Kalakaua in 1891. His sister, Liliuokalani, ascended the throne as Hawaii's queen. Among her first acts was naming Kaiulani as her heir apparent.

Kaiulani wanted to return home, but the queen would not permit it. So the princess bided her time in England, attending royal balls, theatrical events and other social functions. Tall, slim and beautiful, Kaiulani captured the hearts of all who met her.

When she returned to the Islands in 1897, her homeland was already a much different place. Liliuokalani had been forced to abdicate her throne four years earlier, and the monarchy was no more. Instead, Hawaii was about to be named a republic by U.S. President William McKinley.


At birth, Kaiulani was given an estate in Waikiki by Princess Ruth Keelikolani, the last surviving member of the Kamehamehas. Called Ainahau, the estate was near the ocean and surrounded by trees and flowers. Peacocks strutted amongst the ponds and footpaths. As a child, Kaiulani spent many hours riding her white pony.

When she was 13, the princess met poet Robert Louis Stevenson, who had moved into the residence next door. The two became fast friends, with the famed writer mesmerizing Kaiulani with intriguing tales as they sat in the garden.

"I must have been born under an unlucky star," said Kaiulani, "as I seem to have my life planned for me in such a way that I cannot alter it." Months later, while horseback riding on the Big Island, she was caught in a rainstorm and fell ill. The cold lingered for months. Finally, on March 6, 1899, Kaiulani died. She was only 23.

Princess Kaiulani

Princess Kaiulani
Princess Kaiulani

Princess Kaiulani of Hawaii

Princess Kaiulani of Hawaii
Princess Kaiulani of Hawaii

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hope you guys like my Hawaii Art Design, thought I would like to share it with you all,it can be found here and purchased on Tshirts Hoodies Sweatshirts & Apparel alike,

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I think she is very pretty and that people should not be mean to hawaiians just because there from somewhere else

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Very interesting lens. I didn't know there was Hawaiian royalty. Never made it to the islands yet.

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      Princess Kaiulani of Hawaii is indeed very beautiful and proud in appearance. It is so sad that she lost her life at such a young age.

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      kylekartarn 6 years ago

      Excellent Lense. Squid mine at

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      elsiehui 6 years ago

      interesting lens! Any princess is great! :) Thanks for the information

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      CarolynPile 6 years ago

      @Northbright: Michener's Hawaii is my favorite book! I've read it twice, too. Once was out loud. I read it to my disabled mother over several months.

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      Norbert Isles 7 years ago from Philippines

      I've read James Michener's Hawaii twice many years back without bothering to read the historical basis of his novel and have a shadowy memory of the princess. This lens on Princess Kaiulani of Hawaii makes an exception and is beckoning me to read the novel a third time. RL Stevenson's poem gently prick my heart for something I am missing somehow - the Princess. Thank you for your lens and the subsequent experience it brings.

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      andreaberrios lm 7 years ago

      Nice lens.. I didn't know much about her, thanks for sharing the informaiton!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      She has chiseled features and looks so ethereal. I had not known that Hawaii had a monarch.

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      WindyWintersHubs 7 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      I haven't heard of this beautiful princess, either. Such a tragedy to die so young. :)

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      Jhangora LM 7 years ago

      She looks beautiful, really unfortunate that she died so young.

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      June Parker 7 years ago from New York

      Thank you so much for making this lovely lens of our beloved Princess. My hapa-haole aikane, you are blessed and this lens has been added to "My Squid Angel Wings".

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      awakeningwellness 7 years ago

      I just saw a movie about her a couple of weeks ago, I had never heard of her before that. This is a lovely tribute to her!

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      imolaK 7 years ago

      It's a shame, but this is the first time I heard about this beautiful princess. Very informative lens. Thank you for sharing it.

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      Andy-Po 9 years ago

      Very interesting.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      If you are going to make use of a large portion of an article I wrote specifically for Electric

      Scotland, I would appreciate having my byline

      included. Technically it is a copyrighted article. I am ok with it being used for educational purposes, but only if my name is printed along with it, and the name of the site it

      came from. Mahalo.

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      irenemaria 9 years ago from Sweden

      A princess we still talk about and know the name of. Nice lens you made!

      I also have a lens about a princess. Victoria of Sweden - alive and 31 years old today.

      Crown Princess Victoria