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Oiwi Vol. 2

By Bernice Akamine

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Book Id: WPLBN0002096966
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Reproduction Date: 7/12/2011

Title: Oiwi Vol. 2  
Author: Bernice Akamine
Volume: Volume 2
Language: Hawaiian
Subject: Non Fiction, History, Hawaiian Education
Collection: Authors Community
Subcollection: Short Stories
Historic
Publication Date:
2002
Publisher: Oiwi Press
Member Page: Hale Kuamoʻo Hawaiian Language Center

Excerpt
In January of 1895, a nationalist rebellion broke out against the Republic of Hawaii. The rebellion was crushed in two days by Republican forces who outgunned the nationalist forces. The Queen was arrested and brought before a military tribunal. The Republic found her guilty of “misprision of treason” (branding her a traitor) and fined her $5,000 and five years of hard labor (Liliuokalani 1990 [1898]:289). Instead of hard labor though, they decided to imprison her in a corner room of Iolani Palace for eight months. The Queen later said, “My crime was that I knew my people were conspiring...to throw off the yoke of the stranger and oppressor” (278). Not being able to correspond with the outside world, the musically gifted Queen Liliuokalani sought solace during her imprisonment through music. She composed “The Queen's Prayer,” one of her most famous hymns, and dedicated it to her niece, Princess Kaiulani. In it, she asked God to forgive those who imprisoned her and let her nation be pure. But Princess Kaiulani would not get to see this hymn until after Liliu was released.

 

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