Discover Queen Liliuokalani, The Hawaiian Kingdom's Last Monarch...
The 1800's, particularly the latter half of that century, was a time full of change, orchestrated chaos, and new beginnings. England was in the throes of the Industrial Revolution. The United States of America was blazing a trail for the western half of the country. In addition to the exploration of the continent, the country broke out in a civil war over the matter of states' rights. South America was in a sort of Cultural Revolution as they drifted away from the control of Spain and their governments were ruled by military dictators. Yet, located in the center of Pacific Ocean, a string of islands existed making waves in World History comparable to any other much larger country or nation. This string of islands is referred to today as Hawaii.
From how the archipelago measuring over three thousand kilometers long formed the first settlement to the unification of the islands by King Kamehameha the Great, Hawaii's rich culture, and history takes a hold of you and takes you on a ride of the highs and lows of the monarchy-that is, until subterfuge, trickery, and greed snatch the islands from the hands of the last monarch-Queen Lili'uokalanai.
Watch as in a matter of forty eight years, the population of native Hawaiians drops from ninety five percent to a tiny fifteen percent. The young princess must make a decision that could cost many of those under her control the loss of financial prosperity and choose between the lives of her people or their livelihood. Follow along as William McKinley deals a final blow to the Hawaiian Kingdom with his McKinley Tariff Act of 1890.
Then came the day that the tiny kingdom would find itself absorbed into another-the day that Hawaii became a territory of the United States of America in 1898 after the overthrow & imprisonment of the Queen sliced through the heart of a kingdom forever changing its history.show more