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History of Monarchy of Hawaii

Hawaii is the only U.S. state that was once a kingdom with its own monarchy. The only real royal palaces in the United States are in Hawaii.

  • The Iolani Palace was completed in 1882, during the reign of David Kalakaua, the last king of Hawaii.
  • It had electricity years before the White House did.
  • The last royal to live there was Kalakaua's sister, Queen Liliuokalani, who abdicated in 1895 after the overthrow of the monarchy.

In 1898 Hawaii was annexed by the United States, and in 1900 it became a U.S. territory. On August 21, 1959 it became the 50th American state. In 1993 the U.S. government apologized for U.S. participation in the overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawaii.

This is a project to showcase and appreciate the main Historic Ancestors from Kings, Queens to Warriors and heads of their Ohana.

The Kingdom of Hawaii

The monarchs of Hawaii, from the formation of the kingdom in 1810 until the overthrow of the monarchy in 1893:

(called Kamehameha the Great) Reigned 1810-1819

(also called Liholiho) Reigned 1819-1824

Note: Kamehameha II died of measles while visiting London; news of his death reached Hawaii in 1825.

  • King Kamehameha III

(also called Kauikeaouli) Reigned June 1825 - December 1854

Note: Kamehameha III's mother, Queen Kaahumanu, was Hawaii's regent from 1823 until 1832.

  • King Kamehameha IV

(also called Alexander Liholiho) Reigned January 1855 - November 1863

  • King Kamehameha V

(also called Lot Kapuaiwa) Reigned November 1863 - December 1872

  • King Lunalilo

(William Charles Lunalilo) Reigned 1873-1874

  • King Kalakaua

(David Kalakaua) Reigned 1874-1891

  • Queen Liliuokalani

(Lydia Liliuokalani) Reigned 1891-1893 Deposed in 1893; abdicated in 1895

A'ohe hana nui ka alu'ia.

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