Queen Kapiolani Died

Today in history — June 24, 1899 — Queen Kapiolani died in her Waikiki home, Pualeilani, at 64 years old.

Three years after her first husband died, Kapiolani married David Kalakaua in 1863. When Kalakaua became the King of Hawaii in 1874, Kapiolani started her reign as the Queen Consort. The reign lasted beyond King Kalakaua’s death and until the overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy in 1891.

Queen Kapiolani and her sister-in-law, Crown Princess Liliuokalani, attended Queen Victoria’s fiftieth jubilee celebration in 1887.

One of the last reigning Hawaiian monarchs, Kapiolani refused to speak anything but Hawaiian. While she was able to understand and speak English from her childhood education, Liliuokalani served as her interpreter.

Read more about Kapiolani in “In the Fullness of Years: Death of Queen Dowager Kapiolani.”

“In the Fullness of Years: Death of Queen Dowager Kapiolani”
Austin’s Hawaiian weekly, July 1, 1899, Page 3

“Queen Dowager Kapiolani Passes Away: Death Came at 8:45 This Morning—Peaceful Ending of a Well Rounded Life”
Evening bulletin, June 24, 1899, Image 1