Friday, March 27, 2009

Tribute to Princess Ka'iulani at the Royal Mausoleum, Nuuanu

On Thursday April 2nd, 2009 - Annual Tribute to Princess Ka'iulani at the Royal Mausoleum in Nuuanu Valley, Oahu. Organized by The Caledonian Society of Hawaii. I've been invited to speak about Ka'iulani at the memorial in the church of The Royal Mausoleum, which was originated by Kamehameha IV and his wife, Queen Emma. This is the most sacred burial ground on the island of Oahu. As well as for Ka'iulani and her immediate family, the site serves as the resting place for King Kamehameha II through V, King Kalakaua, and Queen Liliuokalani. Photo above: Scottish dancers honor Ka'iulani at last year's tribute.

Princess Ka'iulani was heir to the throne of the Kingdom of Hawaii at the time of the illegal overthrow of the monarchy. Princess Ka'iulani (October 16, 1875 – March 6, 1899) was half Hawaiian (her mother being Princess, Miriam Likelike) and half Scottish (her father was entrepreneur, Archibald Cleghorn, last Royal Governor of Oahu). Champion Hawaiian bagpiper Jacob Kaio plays the pipes for the Ka'iulani Memorial every year. Hamish Burgess of Maui Celtic will also be there.

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