Queen Liliuokalani was Refused Stay at Four Hotels in New York.
New York. Nov. 30.—Queen Liliuokalani arrived here last Friday unannounced, and she was refused stay at four posh hotels: The Waldorf-Astoria, Savoy, Netherlands, and Plaza. After being refused by the Plaza, one of the Queen’s servants saw this and and being that he heard them saying they were headed to the Hotel Roland, he went at once and announced that the Queen would be arriving. When Joshua Aea, her secretary, asked for their best room for some ladies, and for a room nearby for him and his friends.
“Not just anyone is allowed admittance here to this hotel,” said the hotel staff [“kakauolelo” seems to be a misprint]. “Do you have baggage?”
“Sir,” the secretary said while showing a list of their baggage, “I have had enough of all of these frustrations; I am the secretary of the Queen; the Queen is here.”
“Where is this Queen from?”
“This is the Queen Liliuokalani.
Only then was a room in the hotel given. The Queen will be leaving New York for Washington.
The reason the Queen was barred was that she was thought to be a rich Black [Paele] woman going around trying to pass as a Queen, so that she would be allowed to stay at these beautiful hotels. All of those hotels have a policy not to allow Blacks to stay there. Perhaps if they knew she was the Queen, perhaps she would not have been driven off as we have seen above.
(Kuokoa, 12/13/1901, p. 1)