Princess Kaiulani, the Almost Queen of Hawaii: Painting #32

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Painting #32: TITLE: Princess Kaiulani. I’ve wanted to paint this lovely girl for years and just never sat down to do it. Well, here she is.

She is Princess Kaiulani, the almost queen of Hawaii, who died at 23 after the previous queen (Liliuokalini) had been forcefully removed from the throne and President McKinley declared Hawaii a republic in 1897.

ORIGINAL: Get the 12″ x 9″ original acrylic painting: email Lyon at and let me know you want it.

If you miss getting the orginal, you can get posters, greeting cards or really beautiful prints on canvas or paper of Princess Kaiulani here:

Don’t have room for a painting or print? These make great gifts (I just bought one myself!) – I invite you to get a beautiful Mousey Pad of Princess Kaiulani here for $14.99:

Here’s more of her story:

“Born on October 16, 1875 during the reign of King Kalakaua, Victoria Kaiulani Kalaninuiahilapalapa Kawekiui Lunalilo was named for England’s Queen Victoria, a longtime friend to Hawaiian royalty. Her mother was Princess Miriam Likelike, sister to Kalakaua. Her father was Scottish-born Archibald Cleghorn, one-time governor of Oahu.

“Kaiulani was sent away to England for her education. During her absence, the Hawaii’s monarchy  fell on troubled times, including the unexpected death of King Kalakaua in 1891. His sister, Liliuokalani, ascended the throne as Hawaii’s queen. Among her first acts was naming Kaiulani as her heir apparent.

“Alas, by the time the princess returned to the Islands in 1897, her homeland was already a much different place. Liliuokalani had been forced to abdicate her throne four years earlier, and the monarchy was no more. Instead, Hawaii was about to be named a republic by U.S. President William McKinley.

” “I must have been born under an unlucky star,” said Kaiulani, “as I seem to have my life planned for me in such a way that I cannot alter it.” Months later, while horseback riding on the Big Island, she was caught in a rainstorm and fell ill. The cold lingered for months. Finally, on March 6, 1899, Kaiulani died. She was only 23.”

This was an excerpt – read the entire story here:


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