On this day, perhaps it is appropriate to remember further indignity faced by the Queen, 1901.

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)


Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke XXXIX, Helu 24, Aoao 1. Dekemaba 13, 1901.

4 thoughts on “On this day, perhaps it is appropriate to remember further indignity faced by the Queen, 1901.

  1. Having just watched the Oscar nominated film “Twelve Years a Slave,” which depicts New York City in the mid-1800s as a haven from racism in striking contrast to the South, it’s interesting to see this post about racial discrimination in the same city 50 years later. It makes me wonder if perhaps attitudes regressed in the post Civil War years.

  2. She writes about this incident in her diary – or perhaps I’m thinking of another similar incident, but a different time. In the description I remember, she didn’t refer to the racist attitude for her being turned away. When I first read this, years ago, I assumed it was because it wasn’t possible in those days to reserve rooms ahead of time, since telephones were still uncommon and long-distance calls were impossible. Telegrams could be sent but it would have been difficult to get an answer while you were traveling, as she would have been for days on the train across North America to get to New York.

  3. Anti-blackness rose steadily in the 1890s, and Filipinos, Puerto Ricans, Kanaka Maoli were increasingly conflated as black.

  4. No Room at the Inn – ke poʻo manaʻo

    ʻAe, hiki ke ʻike ʻia nā ʻaoʻao like ʻole, o ia moʻolelo. Maikaʻi nā manaʻo ma luna nei. ʻO ka mea nui naʻe, ua hiki ʻoia i nā hōkele e kaulana nei me kāna poʻe kahu a me kekahi mau palapala kūpono e hōʻoia ʻiʻo ana i kona inoa. ʻAʻole hoʻi ia i kona huakaʻi mua loa i ka ʻāina ʻAmelika.

    Ua hiki ke maopopo i ka hōʻole ʻia ʻana i kona noho ʻana ma ka hōkele inā ua hele ʻoia i ka Māhele Hema o ʻAmelika, he Nū Ioka naʻe ma ka makahiki 1901. Auē nō hoʻi! Ua loli ka manaʻo o ka poʻe ma hope o ke kaua i make nui ka poʻe?

    Mahalo ka hoʻāla ʻana mai i kēia moʻolelo.

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