Barack Obama is the first U.S. President to be elected having been born in Hawaii. He was born on the island of Oahu and spent much of his youth living in Honolulu. Living in Hawaii with such a diversity of cultures and ethnic acceptance he says has helped shape his world view, and the values he holds most dear.
King Kalakaua was Hawaiis last reigning King. Known as The Merrie Monarch, Kalakaua revived elements of Hawaiian culture which had nearly been forgotten. These included the ancient Hawaiian martial art of Lua and the dance of Hula. He also constructed Iolani Palace.
As Hawaiis first ruler to be elected to the throne, King Lunalilo was the most liberal of Hawaiis leaders but due to health reasons he had the shortest reign. He is known as “The People’s King”.
As a great-granddaughter of King Kamehameha I and last heir to the Kamehameha Dynasty, Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop is one of the most important women in the Kingdom of Hawaii’s history.
Queen Lydia Liliuokalani was the last reigning monarch of the Kingdom of Hawaii and was Hawaii’s only Queen Regent. Today her legacy lives on through the Queen Lilioukalani Childrens Trust which helps Hawaiis orphan and destitute children have been carried out by her estate for over 100 years.
As the last Hawaiian princess and heir to the throne of the Kingdom of Hawaii, Princess Kaiulani was renown for her beauty, intelligence, and determination to restore the Hawaiian monarchy.
Duke Kahanamoku is one of the most influential athletes in Hawaii’s history. A world champion swimmer and surfer, he actually introduced the world to the royal Hawaiian pastime of surfing.