Queen Liliuokalani's death remembered 100 years later
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - On Nov. 11, 1917, Queen Liliuokalani passed away in her home at Washington Place. She was 79 years old.
Some 100 years later, on the centennial anniversary of her death, hundreds gathered at the state Capitol Saturday to honor her life and commemorate her passing.
Feathered kahili surrounded the Liliuokalani statue at the capitol, just behind Iolani Palace.
At 8:30 a.m., church bells across the state rang 100 times to commemorate the time of the queen's passing.
Members of Native Hawaiian societies, local law makers and community figures were in attendance.
Hula dancers also performed kahiko numbers to honor the queen, and many presented ho'okupu, or gifts to the statue.
Kumu hula Vicky Holt Takamine said the queen meant so much to the people of Hawaii.
"She left her people with such hope for the future," she said. "She was someone that cared for her people. She left all of her trust to the care of children that are orphaned."
Added state Sen. Brickwood Galuteria, also one of the event's organizers: "She is the best in all of us,"
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