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Liliuokalani Vneck Top

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Lili'uokalani, born Lydia Kamaka'eha Kaola Mali'i Lili'uokalani, was the last monarch and only queen of the Kingdom of Hawai'i. Lili'uokalani inherited the throne upon the sudden death of her brother King Kalakaua on January 29, 1891. In an effort to draft a new constitution re-establishing the rights of her people, the Hawaiian Kingdom was illegally overthrown by a group of American and European businessmen. Lili'uokalani was commuted to imprisonment in an upstairs bedroom of 'Iolani Palace, where she composed songs including The Queen's Prayer (Ke Aloha o Ka Haku) and began work on her memoirs. Upon her release, she lived in Washington Place where until her death in 1917, where she continued her protest against annexation to the U.S. and her fight for the independence of the Hawaiian Kingdom.