Princess Kaiulani’s Home Destroyed by Fire

Today in history — August 2, 1921 — a fire burned the late Princess Kaiulani’s home–Ainahau. An automatic gas heater next to a former kitchen ignited the fire. Film producer W. F. Adrich and his wife Peggy were residing in the Waikiki house, previously a hotel.

While the house is gone today, the location still honors Princess Kaiulani with the stone bench she sat on with writer Robert Louis Stevenson, a small triangular park, a bronze statue of her in the park, and the Sheraton Princess Kaiulani Hotel.

Read more about the house in “Ainahau, Historic Old Landmark, Is Burned.”

“Ainahau, Historic Old Landmark, Is Burned”
The Garden Island, Aug. 9, 1921, P. 8
http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn82015411/1921-08-09/ed-1/seq-8/

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Princess Kaiulani Died

kaiulani_28pp-96-8-00229Today in history — March 6, 1899 — Princess Victoria Kaiulani, who fought for the independence of Hawaii, died at the age of 23 in her Ainahau home. Read more about it in “The Call of Grim Death.”

“The Call of Grim Death”
Hawaiian gazette, March 14, 1899, Image 1
http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn83025121/1899-03-14/ed-1/seq-1/