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When she was 24, she married John Owen Dominis, whom she new as a youth.
When her brother became king she became a princess and traveled around the islands attending to the needs of her people.
She entered the chiefs' children's school when she was 4 years old.
She traveled to England in 1887 for Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee and as translator
for Queen Kapi'olani who spoke only Hawaiian.
She became Queen in 1891 and disagreed with the constitution of 1887 forced upon her brother and proceeded to write a new one.
Dissenting pro-American businessmen desired annexation to the United States.
Primary provisions were that only male Hawaiian born, or naturalized subjects could vote and that the monarch did not need the Cabinet's approval for government decisions.
This they achieved on January 17, 1893 by proclamation.
On January 17, 1895, Queen Lili'uokalani was sentenced to house arrest. The Queen lobbied in Washington D.C. to no avail.
On July 7, 1898, President William McKinley signed a resolution annexing Hawaii to the United States.
On January 17, 1891, Liliu'okalani inherited the Hawaiian throne from her brother Kalakaua after his death. The previous year, the MicKinely Tariff caused a recession in the islands by jeopardizing a mainland market for Hawaiian sugar.
In 1893, Queen Lili'uokalani sought to empower Hawaiians through a new constitution. This caused the American minister in Hawaii, John L. Stevens to call for troops to take over the lolani Palace and other government buildings in 1894, they deposed Queen Lili'uokalani.
On July 4, 1894, the Republic of Hawaii, was proclaimed with Sanford B. Dole as president.
Lili'uokalani died on November 11, 1917 from complications of a stroke.
''Hawaii's Last Queen,'' Public Broadcast Systems, n.d., http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/hawaii/program.html (23 February 2006).
Lowe, Ruby Hasegawa. Lili'uokalani. Honolulu: Kamehameha Schools Press, 1994.