Princess Kaiulani was born on October 16, 1875 during the reign of Hawaiian King Kalakaua. When she was 13, the princess met poet Robert Louis Stevenson, who had moved into the residence next door. The two became fast friends. When King Kalakaua died, Kaiulani was named heir apparent by his sister Liliuokalani, who became Hawaii's Queen. Alas, Queen Liliuokalani was eventually forced to abdicate her throne, and the monarchy was no more. Instead, Hawaii was about to be named a republic by U.S. President William McKinley. At 23, Kaiulani contracted a rare illness that took her life, March 6, 1899. In his writings, Robert Louis Stevenson endearingly recalled that Princess Victoria Kaiulani was "...more beautiful than the fairest flower." Tall, slim and beautiful, Princess Kaiulani captured the hearts of all who met her.
This is a restored photograph of Princess Kaiulani, put together with a Hawaiian pink torch ginger flower.
December 15th, 2012
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