Last queen of Hawaii

The first and last queen of the Hawaiian kingdom, Queen Lili’uokalani (1838-1917) was overthrown in 1893 by a coup supported by the U.S. military.

Briefly under house arrest she composed several songs, among them the famous “Aloha ‘Oe.” After her release she spent many years petitioning in Washington for the restoration of the Hawaiian kingdom with little success. In 1898 Hawai’i was officialy annexed and in 1900 it became a territory.

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By George Prince, of Washington, DC [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons