Queen Lili‘uokalani (1838-1917), the first sovereign queen and last monarch of Hawai‘i, came to power in 1891.
She worked to restore native Hawaiian rights, but her reign was brief due to a 1893 coup staged by American plantation and business owners supported by the U.S. military.
After a failed counter-insurrection in 1895, she was charged with treason and placed under house arrest.
Following Hawaii’s annexation by the U.S. in 1898, Lili‘uokalani spent her remaining years fighting for native Hawaiian rights and traditions.
As a prolific songwriter and musician, she composed over 150 songs, including Hawaii’s national anthem, Aloha ‘Oe.
She also established a bank for women, an education fund for Hawaiian girls and The Queen Lili‘uokalani Trust for orphans, which is still active today.
In this article I have curated the top quotes by Queen Liliuokalani.
Top 10 Queen Liliuokalani Quotes
The cause of Hawaiian independence is larger and dearer than the life of any man connected with it. ~ Queen Lili’uokalani.
Behold not with anger the sins of man, but forgive and cleanse. ~ Queen Liliʻuokalani.
The chief whose retainers were in any poverty or want would have felt, not only their sufferings, but, further, his own disgrace. ~ Queen Liliuokalani.
I have pursued the path of peace and diplomatic discussion, and not that of internal strife. ~ Queen Liliuokalani.
The Hawaiian people have been from time immemorial lovers of poetry and music. ~ Queen Liliuokalani.
To compose was as natural to me as to breathe; and this gift of nature, never having been suffered to fall into disuse, remains a source of the greatest consolation to this day. ~ Queen Liliuokalani.
The voices of the people are the voices of God. ~ Queen Liliʻuokalani.
Aloha ‘oe, farewell to thee . . . One fond embrace before I now depart. Until we meet again. ~ Queen Liliuokalani.
I owed no allegiance to the Provisional Government so established, nor to any power or to any one save the will of my people and the welfare of my country. ~ Queen Liliuokalani.
At noon of the tenth day of April, 1877, the booming of the cannon was heard which announced that I was heir apparent to the throne of Hawaii. ~ Queen Liliuokalani.
The promulgation of a new constitution, adapted to the needs of the times and the demands of the people, has been an indisputable prerogative of the Hawaiian monarchy. ~ Queen Liliuokalani.
Best Queen Liliuokalani Quotes
The people to whom your fathers told of the living God, and taught to call ‘Father,’ and whom the sons now seek to despoil and destroy, are crying aloud to Him in their time of trouble; and He will keep His promise, and will listen to the voices of His Hawaiian children lamenting for their homes. ~ Queen Liliʻuokalani.
It was the intention of the officers of the government to humiliate me by imprisoning me, but my spirit rose above that. I was a martyr to the cause of my people, and was proud of it. ~ Queen Liliuokalani.
That first night of my imprisonment was the longest night I have ever passed in my life; it seemed as though the dawn of day would never come. ~ Queen Liliuokalani.
I was a studious girl; and the acquisition of knowledge has been a passion with me during my whole life, one which has not lost its charm to the present day. ~ Queen Liliuokalani.
I could not turn back the time for political change, but there is still time to save our heritage. You must remember never to cease to act because you fear you may fail. ~ Queen Liliuokalani.
Famous Queen Liliuokalani Quotes
Hours of which it is not yet in place to speak, which I might have found long and lonely, passed quickly and cheerfully by, occupied and soothed by the statement of my thoughts in music. ~ Queen Lili’uokalani.
The feelings of one who has been imprisoned, politically or otherwise, can only be understood by a person who has passed through the ordeal. ~ Queen Lili’uokalani.
Now to avoid any collision of armed forces, and perhaps the loss of life, I do this under protest and impelled by said force yield my authority until such time as the Government of the United States shall, upon facts being presented to it, undo the action of its representatives and reinstate me in the authority which I claim as the Constitutional Sovereign of the Hawaiian Islands. ~ Queen Liliʻuokalani.
Never cease to act because you fear you may fail. ~ Queen Liliuokalani.
The way to lose any earthly kingdom is to be inflexible, intolerant and prejudicial. Another way is to be too flexible, tolerant of too many wrongs and without judgment at all. It is a razor’s edge. It is the width of a blade of pili grass. ~ Queen Liliuokalani.
So these were the 23 top Queen Liliuokalani quotes and sayings.