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Remembering Queen Liliuokalani’s state funeral

Remembering Queen Liliuokalani’s state funeral

KHON2 | Eric Stinton

On November 18th, 1917, Hawaii held a state funeral for Queen Liliʻuokalani. She died at the age of 79 a week prior on November 11th, after months of declining health.

Born on September 2nd, 1838, Liliʻuokalani was the daughter of high-ranking chiefs Caesar Kapa‘akea and Anale‘a Keohokālole. She married John Dominis in 1862, and ascended to the throne when her brother King Kalākaua died in 1891. Within two years as Hawaii’s Queen, a group of businessmen instigated an overthrow and instituted a provisional government. She spent much of the rest of her life fighting for compensation for lands that were seized by the American government after Hawaii was annexed.

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