100th anniversary of Lili‘uokalani’s death

from The Star Advertiser

Events to mark 100th anniversary of Lili‘uokalani’s death By Timothy Hurley November 7, 2017

Restored portrait of Queen Liliuokalani. The last sovereign of Hawaii died 100 years ago and will be remembered Saturday.

When Hawaii’s last monarch, Queen Lili‘uokalani, died in 1917, church bells rang out across the islands she once ruled.

On Saturday — the 100th anniversary of the monarch’s death — the sound of church bells will be heard again as Hawaii’s last sovereign is remembered during Aloha Lili‘u, a formal observance of the queen’s life and legacy.

The public is being invited to gather with members of the royal orders and societies, cultural practitioners, leaders of the alii trusts and other dignitaries at the queen’s promenade and statue on the grounds of the state Capitol at 8 a.m. Saturday.

“She was an extraordinary queen who demonstrated the qualities that are the best in all of us: justice, compassion, humanity and forgiveness,” said state Sen. Brickwood Galuteria, co-organizer of Aloha Lili‘u.

Hundreds of churches around the state are expected to toll their bells 100 times at 8:30 a.m. — the time of day Lili‘uokalani died on Nov. 11, 1917.

In addition to the bells, the program will feature 100 conch shell blowers and 100 hula dancers and chanters who will pay homage to the queen, along with drums that will sound 100 times.

The event will also showcase pieces written by Lili‘uokalani and performed by Hawaiian musicians Marlene Sai, Manu Boyd, Owana Salazar and the Aloha Lili‘u Choir led by Nola Nahulu.

Born Lydia Kamakaeha in 1838, she became crown princess in 1877 following the death of her youngest brother, putting her next in line for the throne held by her elder brother, King Kala­kaua.

The Kamehameha dynasty had ruled a unified Hawaiian kingdom since 1810. But by the time Lili‘uokalani became queen in