|Kaiulani at home|
20. Exile in England
Her attempt to restore the kingdom of Hawaii failed completely in 1894. Although James Blount suggested to President Cleveland that Queen Liliuokalani should be restored one more time, congress didn’t support this plan. On July 4, 1894, the rebels declared that Hawaii will be known as the Republic of Hawaii with Sanford Dole as its president. At the same time, the Cleveland administration was succeeded by the McKinley administration. Simultaneously, Kaiulani’s life was now permanently exiled to England.
21. What would happen to her at home was depressing
In 1897, finally, Kaiulani and her father returned to Hawaii. The exile was over, however, her country was not there anymore. Her purpose in the Republic of Hawaii was not to renounce everything, but to restore the lives of the Kingdom of Hawaii. She tried to appear in public and receive guests just as the other dynasty members did. Despite her efforts, in 1898, Hawaii was officially taken over by the United States. In the same year, her guardian who was always by her side, Mr. Davies died in Europe.
In January 1899, the tragic girl was on the Hawaii Island to celebrate her dear friend’s wedding. Kaiulani and her friends decided to climb the mountains by horseback. Perhaps, Kaiulani was riding as if she would be riding off to another world. On the way home, they were hit by a heavy storm and got drenched. When Kaiulani went home that day, she developed a fever. She soon got well hence her father took her back to Honolulu. Over time, she became weaker again. Even though the best doctors available on the Island treated her, she was getting worse. The doctors were concerned about rheumatism, which seemed to be attacking Kaiulani’s already weakened heart (Linnea, 1999, p. 213). Then at two o’clock in the morning on March 6, the princess died (White, 2001, p. 215). She literally became heaven’s girl, just as her name, Kaiulani, means.
|Kaiulani back home, comfortable again in a holoku, a long Hawaiian dress with a yoke and train (Linnea, 1999, p. 180).|
5015 Survey of Electronic Publishing, Prof.
David E. Carlson
College of Journalism and Communications, University of Florida
2003 Spring Semester Project by Yucca Shimizu
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