Friday, July 10, 2009

Waikiki Princess

Aloha and Welcome
Olde Waikiki
Ainahau Stream
Hawaii State Archives

“It is the childlike mind that finds the kingdom.”
Charles Fillmore

Statue of Princess Kaiulani & beloved pet.
Copyright © Kathleen Walling Fry

"Being a princess isn't all it's cracked up to be."
Princess Diana

Princess Kaiulani

"You may be a princess or the richest woman in the world, but you cannot be more than a lady."
Jennie Churchill

The Princess, age 11

“The ''kingdom of Heaven'' is a condition of the heart -not something that comes ''upon the earth'' or ''after death.”
Friedrich Nietzsche

Feeding her peacocks 1898

“A good mind possesses a kingdom”

In 1881, Hawaii's King David Kalakaua was the first head of state to meet with Emperor Meiji after the "opening" of Japan. While in Japan, King Kalakaua proposed the betrothal of his 5 year old niece, Princess Victoria Kawekiu Lunaliko Kalaninuiahilapalapa Kaiulani Cleghorn, to an imperial prince.

The Princess was the Hapa-Haole (half caucasian) daughter of Kalakaua's sister Princess Miriam Likelike, and Scottish businessman/horticulturist Archibald Scott Cleghorn, sometime governor of Oahu.

Our legendary royal beauty grew up on 10 choice Waikiki acres that were a baptismal gift from her aunt, Princess Ruth (granddaughter of Kamehameha the Great).
Kaiulani's father built his family a two story home there, planting bountiful gardens of flowers and plants from all over the world, set among lily ponds. In fact, Cleghorn planted the first Banyan tree in Hawaii there.

Kaiulani's mother named the estate "Ainahau" after the stream that watered it.

Today this part of Waikiki displays street signs reading: Ainahau, Cleghorn, and Kaiulani in their honor.
Shortly after her mother passed away (1889) an unhappy 13 year old Princess was sent to England to be educated at the Great Harrowden Hall School for Girls in Northamptonshire. For someday she was expected to become queen of the Kingdom of Hawaii!

Alas, that would never be.

When the student Princess heard news that her aunt, Queen Lydia Liliuokalani, was deposed (1893) she immediately traveled from England to New York City, Boston, and Washington DC to try and save her homeland from annexation by the United States. Despite speeches, negotiations, and even a meeting with President Grover Cleveland, her efforts were in vain.
On July 4, 1894 the Republic of Hawaii was declared to a shocked Honolulu, and our Hawaii became a U.S. Territory with formal annexation by the United States in 1898 .

But the Kingdom of Hawaii continues to live in Hawaiian hearts. Even patriotic local US citizens feel a deep loyalty to this kingdom of hearts, and a heart of love for "our" royalty.

Ainahau was torn down in 1955 to make room for the Princess Kaiulani Hotel and other real estate parcels.

And the princess who would never become queen?

She returned to her beloved Ainahau estate in 1897.
But sadly our beloved citizen-princess Kaiulani died there on March 6, 1899, at the young age of 23. She never married her prince.
They say her beloved peacocks all called out at the moment of her death.
And some even claim to hear them still. . .
on dark Waikiki nights. . . LISTEN!
A L O H A! Cloudia