“American Queen”? 1917.


Clarifications by a Newspaper Writer about Her.


To “Ke Ola o Hawaii,”

Appearing in the British newspaper, The Outlook, of the other week, there were a number of awe-inspiring lines about our Queen, Liliuokalani, titled: “An American Queen.” This is how it went:

Americans sometimes forget that within one of the Territories of the United States there lives a real ex-Queen who owes the loss of her crown to the activities of American missionaries.

This Queen is, of course, Liliuokalani, of Hawaii, dethroned in the revolution of 1893. She is now a frail old lady of nearly seventy-nine years, and few but her immediate household and closest friends ever have the opportunity of meeting and talking with her.

It is interesting to record that because of one of the tragedies of the present war this aged Queen has permitted for the first time an American flag to fly over her home. The news of this incident comes to us in a letter from a correspondent in Hawaii. This correspondent writes:

It was my privilege a few days ago to attend what will possibly be the last public reception she will ever give to members of the Hawaiian Senate—some of her own race, and some sons of the missionaries who were mainly responsible for her overthrow. Although they belonged to a body absolutely democratic in form and elected by vote of the people as citizens of the United States, it was most interesting and somewhat touching to note the loyalty and love shown the aged ex-Queen: almost, one could imagine, as if she were still their reigning sovereign.

An incident of unusual interest took place just prior to the reception. Colonel Iaukea had told Liliuokalani of the sinking of the Aztec, resulting in the death of five Hawaiian sailors, and asked her if on that account she would like to raise the American flag over her home. She replied, most emphatically: “Yes. Have you a flag?” When he said, “No,” and army officer who happened to be present offered to procure one. On its arrival the Queen went into the yard to watch the ceremony of raising the Stars and Stripes for the first time over Washington Place.

Washington Place, the residence of Queen Liliuokalani, is the home once owned by the Queen’s American husband, the late John A. Dominis. It stands well back from the street in surroundings of tropical luxuriance, a stately, white-pillared house, with long doors opening on the verandas, or, as they are known in the Hawaiian Islands, the lanais.

So there has been added to the list of those in official opposition to Germany our only American Queen. That this opposition should be symbolically expressed by the raising of the American flag is both interesting and gratifying.


Hakalau, Hawaii.

[“The Outlook” turns out not to be a British newspaper, it was a weekly publication out from New York. The original article which this was translated from by Kihapiilani, can be found here in The Outlook, May 23, 1917, pp. 177–178.

There were two newspapers called Ola o Hawaii. The first one ran for seven months in 1884, and the second one ran from 1916 to 1919. Unfortunately, neither of these newspapers for some reason is available online.]

(Ola o Hawaii, 6/21/1917, p. 3)



Ke Ola o Hawaii, Buke II, Helu 16, Aoao 3. Iune 21, 1917.

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