With the death of Queen Elizabeth II in September of 2022, Hawaii remembers her visits and special ties to the UK's Royal Family. At the age of 96, she was Britain's longest reigning monarch. Queen Elizabeth first visited Honolulu in 1963 and returned briefly in 1975 but long before her reign began in 1953, the Hawaii's royal families, or ali’i, had strong ties to the British royals.
Many may not realize that Hawaii ceded itself to the United States in 1898, was made a territory in 1900, and finally became a U.S. state 1959, along with Alaska. Hawaii was actually a kingdom who's last reigning monarch, Queen Liliuokalani, was deposed in 1893.
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Prior to 1893, Hawaiian monarchs, King Kamehameha and Queen Kamamalu went to London to visit King George IV in 1824 as they requested British protection for Hawaii. Later, in 1887, Queen Kapiolani and future Queen Lili’uokalani attended Queen Victoria’s golden jubilee.
Queen Elizabeth's death left a mark on the world and for those of us with a love of Hawaii, it's a good time to remember how Hawaii came to be and appreciate it's beauty all the more.
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