WHO S/HE WAS:
Queen Liliuokalani was the last monarch and only queen regnant of the Kingdom of Hawaii. She assumed the monarchy after the death of her brother, King David Kalakaua, in 1891.
WHAT S/HE SAID:
Hawaii for Hawaiians
WHY S/HE MATTERED:
Queen Lilíuokalani was the sitting monarch at the time of a coup which, ultimately, resulted in a new government. The administration of Grover Cleveland commissioned the Blount Report, and based on its findings, concluded that the queen’s overthrow was illegal, and that U.S. Minister Stevens and American military troops had acted inappropriately in support of those who carried out the overthrow. Nonetheless, Lilíuokalani was imprisoned in 1895 and ultimately abdicated her throne in return for the release of her jailed supporters.