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Ka'iulani: The Highest Point of Heaven


Since I've been living in Hawaii, I have become even more aware of the struggles of Hawaiian people in the face of "statehood." I have been particularly inspired by the half Hawaiian and half Scottish Princess Ka'iulani, heir apparent to the Hawaiian throne when the US declared Hawaii a protectorate.

The video is very moving and provides, in just eight minutes, a very good overview of the final years of Hawaiian independence. For even more info (and an image of one of Princess Ka'iulani's beautiful paintings), read her story on Wikipedia.

Much aloha,

October 16th, 2007


Comment #1 by Danielle on October 29, 2007 - 6:45pm

Beautiful Story

Comment #2 by Revo1 on May 16, 2008 - 8:16pm

I just finished reading the book, Overthrow, outlining the United States interference with other countries. It begins with the story of Hawaii. Now I'm reading Howard Zinn's "A People's History..." and I must say, never have I felt so empty inside than after becoming so aware of this country's horrible empirical traditions. I wasn't aware Hawaii is still going through struggles. I guess the US will never end it's tyranny. Nothing can produce a more apathetic citizen than the true history of this country. Sad doesn't even begin to describe it.

Comment #3 by norman mizuno on January 23, 2009 - 4:20am

I just saw your film and it was nicely done. Would you be interested in haveing it shown at our festival. I am the Chairperson for the Princess Ka'iulani Festival 2008 and 2009. I will be held on 17 Oct. 2009 this year and will again be sponcered by the Hawaii Tourism Authority and the County of Maui. Last year we had more than 2000 people attend our festival and hope to make it even better this year.

Thank you for your consideration.

Norman Mizuno

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Princess Likelike and Cleghorn--now that's much more interesting than Halle Berry.

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Comment #5 by click here on February 14, 2011 - 2:51pm

I am pleased to learn that there is an annual festival commemorating the life of Princess Ka'iulani. This year will mark the 135th anniversary of her birth. If you fly to Hawaii to visit and see the festival, please be respectful of a people and a culture that is ancient and proud.

Comment #6 by salvage auto on February 18, 2011 - 6:35pm

It is true that the video is very inspiring and moving. I am glad to have read this great story of struggle for statehood. I've enjoyed reading the post. keep it up.

Comment #7 by Eviction Form on March 3, 2011 - 9:15pm

I am always moved by the stories of great struggles for independence and get inspired by the driving force behind these movements. The level of unity of purpose among the people is seen in this incidents. It is a nice video. Thanks.

Comment #8 by engineering design on March 6, 2011 - 3:24pm

Thanks a lot for bringing such an inspiring story about the struggle for independence of these people. Only a liberated soul which was once under the subjugation could feel the importance of that independence. It is really a moving story. thanks.

Comment #9 by realtors evansville in on March 16, 2011 - 3:53pm

I am extremely glad to go through the story of this struggle for freedom. In the olden days there was no such system to communicate your story to the other end. But, now it is made easy thanks to web and social media. Now you can convince the world to put pressure on the ruling country.

Comment #10 by best backlink software on April 12, 2011 - 9:32am

I was just go through the video footage and I found it was a great story of the Hawaiian princess Kaiulani who puts an attempts to make her island independent from American colonization this video feels the struggling of the Hawaiians really this will be a inspiring story about the freedom fighter princess Kaiulani.

Comment #11 by Kirsten Brown on April 25, 2011 - 7:26am

I have heard and read about this famous princess. She was admired for her beauty and intelligence. I also admire such woman of substance.

Comment #12 by nappy bags on April 30, 2011 - 3:17am

"The People of Hawaii would like to share their Islands with you. The fresh,
floral air energizes you. The warm, tranquil waters refresh you. But, behind this well being, there could be such a great story, I was unaware of. Thanks for sharing. "

Comment #13 by AaronTPz on May 2, 2011 - 12:06am

This is a truly inspiring story-reminiscent to the story of America fighting for independence (of course, Hawaii remained a state of America, sadly...). This post helped me come to a realization of the natural beauty of hawaii. Thanks :D

Comment #14 by S. Zayas on May 2, 2011 - 11:27pm

Very touching. But I am happy about Hawaii now under U.S. I would like to share a story in case you don't know. Philippines was once a candidate for U.S. statehood after WW I. But the a Filipino president once said "It's better for the Philippines to be run by Filipinos like hell than run by Americans like heaven." I don't have to discuss my point. Just compare the Philippines and Hawaii now?!

S. Zayas

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Found this post quite by accident doing some research before a trip to Hawaii. Great video thanks, and part of Hawaiian history I had no idea about.

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