Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Three Telegrams that Changed Ka'iulani's Life as She Knew It

After receiving the telegrams, Ka‘iulani was shattered. It’s hard to imagine how she would have felt; perhaps if you recall your worst moment – your greatest loss, and then times that by 10 or 20 or 30. Ka`iulani was far from home and life as she knew it was being taken away for her, her family and her entire nation. She may have felt that her life’s purpose, all of her plans, all of her work, all of her education was now pointless.
Lies were being printed about the Hawaiian people and who they were. These articles were printed in newspapers across the United States. Hawaiians were being called barbarians… uncivilized... unable to rule themselves... what did that say about the Queen... what did that say about Ka‘iulani, herself? There were awful political cartoons about her. It was clear that the Americans were receiving incorrect information and did not have direct knowledge of the Queen nor the Princess. For the full story.

See more at The Ka'iulani Project website.

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