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 Victoria Ka'iulani of Hawaii

Victoria Ka'iulani of Hawaii

Birth
Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA
Death 6 Mar 1899 (aged 23)
Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA
Burial Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA
Memorial ID 10953 · View Source
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Hawaiian royalty. Born Victoria Ka'iulani Kalaninuiahilapalapa Kawekiui Lunalilo Cleghorn, she was the daughter of Princess Miriam Kapili Kekauluohi Likelike, sister of King David Kalakaua, and Scotsman Archibald Cleghorn, the last royal governor of Oahu. As second in line to the throne behind her childless aunt Lydia Lili'oukalani, it was likely that Victoria would someday be queen. Negotiations for her to marry the Japanese Prince Higashifushimi Yorihito fell through, and at the age of 13 she was sent to England to further her education at the private Great Harrowden Hall. During her absence, King Kalakaua died, and Lili'oukalani became Queen, appointing Victoria as her heir apparent. A short two years later, the Hawaiian monarchy was overthrown and the new government made a bid to become part of the United States. Although reluctant to take an active, visible role in politics, the Crown Princess left England and traveled to the US to try to "...plead for my throne, my nation, and my flag." Although President Grover Cleveland was sympathetic to her plight, her efforts came to naught. She returned to Europe, where her health began to deteriorate (documented symptoms indicate she may have suffered from thyroid disease). In 1897 Victoria returned to Hawaii, where she continued to be a public figure, though her health did not improve. Her engagement to Prince David Kawananakoa was announced in February of 1898, but she came down with fever after getting caught in a rainstorm while horseback riding on the Big Island and never recovered. She died at her royal estate of 'Ainahau in Honolulu at the age of 23. The beautiful and beloved "Peacock Princess" (Victoria was fond of peacocks and kept a large flock) was greatly mourned by her people. A memorial statue of Crown Princess Victoria Ka'iulani was dedicated in Waikiki, Honolulu, in 1999.

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  • Added: 15 Jul 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 10953
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Victoria Ka'iulani of Hawaii (16 Oct 1875–6 Mar 1899), Find A Grave Memorial no. 10953, citing Royal Mausoleum, Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .