Kapiʻolani (December 31, 1834 – June 24, 1899) was the queen and consort of Mōʻī (king) Kalākaua of the Kingdom of Hawaiʻi, reigning from 1874 to 1891 until his death when she became known as the Dowager Queen Kapiʻolani. Deeply interested in the health and welfare of the Native Hawaiian people, Kapiʻolani established the Kapiʻolani Home for Girls, for the education of the daughters of resident of the leprosy settlement at Kalaupapa, and the Kapiʻolani Maternity Home, where Hawaiian mothers and newborns could receive care.
|Queen of the Hawaiian Islands|
|Reign||February 12, 1874 –|
January 20, 1891
|Coronation||February 12, 1883, ʻIolani Palace|
|Born||December 31, 1834|
|Died||June 24, 1899 64) (aged|
|House||House of Kalākaua|
|Religion||Church of Hawaii|
Early life and family
Kapiʻolani was born December 31, 1834, in Hilo on Hawaiʻi Island to High Chief Kūhiō Kalanianaʻole of Hilo and High Chiefess Kinoiki Kekaulike of Kauaʻi, the daughter of King Kaumualiʻi, last king of an independent Kauaʻi before its cession to Kamehameha the Great. Her two younger sisters were Kapoʻoloku Poʻomaikelani (1839–1895), who married Hiram Kahanawai, and Kinoiki Kekaulike (1843–1884), who married David Kahalepouli Piʻikoi.
Her full name was Kapiʻolani Napelakapuokakaʻe. Her namesake was her great-aunt High Chiefess Kapiʻolani, who plucked the ʻōhelo berries and openly defied the goddess Pele as a dramatic demonstration of her new faith in Christianity. Kapiʻolani is composed of three words (ka pi'o lani) and literally means "the arch [of] heaven (rainbows signified the presence of royalty)". Her secondary name Napelakapuokakaʻe translates to "the sacred flesh of Kakae".
She was raised in Hilo until the age of eight when she was sent to be raised in the district of Kona, on the western side of the island of Hawaii. She went to Honolulu on Oahu when she was sixteen and came under the guardianship of King Kamehameha III.
Kapiʻolani was brought up to read and write in the Hawaiian language. Although she learned to understand a few words and phrases like many Native Hawaiians, she never learned to speak English fluently and required a Hawaiian translator when communicating with English speakers. Kapiʻolani became a member of the Anglican Church of Hawaii after it was established in 1862.
Marriage to Nāmākēhā
On March 7, 1852, Kapiʻolani married in Honolulu to High Chief Bennett Nāmākēhā, a member of the House of Nobles. She was almost eighteen years old while her husband was thirty years her senior. He was an uncle of Queen Emma, the wife of Kamehameha IV, on her father George Naʻea's side. This made her aunt by marriage to Queen Emma, whom she served as her highest ranking lady-in-waiting. Nāmākēhā and Kapiʻolani had no children, although there was a pregnancy which resulted in a miscarriage. For his health, the couple voyaged for months on The Morning Star, a missionary vessel, among the Gilbert Islands (present day Kiribati), but in vain, for Nāmākēhā died on December 27, 1860, at Honolulu.
Nāmākēhā and Kapiʻolani were appointed the caretakers of Prince Albert Kamehameha, the only child of Emma and Kamehameha IV. Kapiʻolani was the royal child's chief nurse. The prince died at the age of four, on August 27, 1862, possibly from appendicitis. Historian Helena G. Allen later claimed that Queen Emma blamed Kapiʻolani for the child's death. The prince was under Kapiʻolani's care when he was doused with cold water by the king to calm him during a tantrum, which was traditionally thought to have induced the brain fever which killed the prince. Historian George Kanahele concludes there are little to no evidences of this animosity. Queen Emma wrote Kapiʻolani a very kind reply in March 1863 to her letter, "Dear Kapiʻolani, my companion in the caring of my son. You were my son's favorite, your chest must be filled with hurt. You were our third companion... ."
Visiting British dignitaries Jane, Lady Franklin and her niece Sophia Cracroft met "Madame Nāmākēhā" in June 1861. Cracroft wrote:
At last she [Queen Emma] yielded, but sent for his [Prince Albert's] nurse, whom we had not before seen—only heard of. She is the widow of a petty Chief and fulfills her duties exceedingly well. She is rather young and very nice-looking—dressed like us, and in mourning. She went with us, but the dear little child wanted no keeping in order—he was perfectly good.
Queen of Hawaii
Kapiʻolani was remarried on December 8, 1863 to David Kalākaua in a quiet ceremony conducted by an Anglican minister. Their wedding was heavily criticized since it fell during the time of mourning for King Kamehameha IV. Her second husband was an aspiring high chief and politician who served in the House of Nobles, the Privy Council of State and many other court and government posts during the reigns of Kamehameha IV, Kamehameha V and Lunalilo. Although unsuccessful in his attempt for the throne in 1873, Kalākaua defeated Queen Dowager Emma to succeed Lunalilo as the monarch of Hawaii on February 12, 1874. Kapiʻolani became queen consort of Hawaii upon the accession of her husband to the Hawaiian throne. One of the first acts of the couple was to conduct a royal progress of the Hawaiian Islands. From March to May 1874, they toured the main Hawaiian Islands of Kauai, Maui, Hawaii Island, Molokaʻi and Oahu. The royal pair were enthusiastically received by the people.
Their marriage remained childless. A clinical analysis into the cause of Kalākaua's death speculate that the king may have been infertile since Kapiʻolani had had a miscarried pregnancy with her previous marriage. Thus, she and her sister Poʻomaikelani adopted, in the tradition of hānai, their sister Kekaulike's three sons. Kapiʻolani took David Kawānanakoa and Jonah Kūhiō Kalanianaʻole and Poʻomaikelani adopted Edward Abnel Keliʻiahonui. In 1883, Kalākaua made Kapiʻolani's nephews princes of Hawaii with the style of Highness in honor of his coronation.
Kalākaua and Kapiʻolani were crowned in a coronation ceremony on February 12, 1883. They been denied a coronation ceremony in 1874 because of the civil unrest following the election. Under Minister of Finance Walter Murray Gibson, the 1880 legislature appropriated $10,000 for a coronation. The coronation ceremony and related celebratory events were spread out over a two-week period. A special octagon-shaped pavilion and grandstand were built for the February 12, 1883, ceremony. Preparations were made for an anticipated crowd exceeding 5,000, with lawn chairs to accommodate any overflow. Two crowns of gold and precious stones were commissioned in the United Kingdom while the wardrobes of Kapiʻolani, the other royal ladies and their attendants were also ordered from abroad.
Kalākaua and Kapiʻolani, accompanied by their royal retinue, came out of the palace onto the event grounds. The coronation was preceded by a choir singing and the formal recitation of the King's official titles. The news coverage noted, "The King looked ill at ease." Chief Justice of Hawaii's Supreme Court Albert Francis Judd officiated and delivered the oath of office to the king. The crown was then handed to Kalākaua, and he placed it upon his head. Kalākaua then placed the smaller crown on Kapiʻolani and stated, "I place this crown upon your head to share the honours of my throne." According to a later account, the king had trouble fitting the crown on the queen's elaborate hair. Her ladies-in-waiting tried in vain to rearrange her hairpins and combs, but the crown still could not fit into place. Thus, the king impatiently jammed the crown onto her head causing her to wince in pain.
The ceremony ended with the choir singing, and a prayer. A planned post-coronation reception by Kalākaua and Kapiʻolani was cancelled without advance notice. Today, Kalākaua's coronation pavilion serves as the bandstand for the Royal Hawaiian Band. That evening, the royal couple hosted a state dinner, and there was a luau at a later day. The hula was performed nightly on the palace grounds. Regattas, horse races and a number of events filled the celebration period. Due to weather conditions, the planned illumination of the palace and grounds for the day of the coronation happened a week later, and the public was invited to attend. Fireworks displays lit up the sky at the palace and at Punchbowl Crater. A grand ball was held the evening of February 20.
Kapiʻolani shared in her husband's vision of Hoʻolulu Lāhui (increasing the nation) and developed an interest in the health problems plaguing the Hawaiian population at the time. She established the Kapiʻolani Maternity Home, where Hawaiian mothers, as well as their newborn babies, could receive care.
Kapiʻolani frequently visited Kakaʻako Branch Hospital on Oahu, which served as a receiving station for leprosy patients from all over the islands, and befriended Mother Marianne Cope and the other Sisters of Saint Francis. Sister Leopoldina Burns later described how the queen would sit with the sisters drinking coffee and attempting to learn each other's languages.
On July 21, 1884, Kapiʻolani visited the leper settlement at Kalaupapa on Molokaʻi. Accompanying her was her sister-in-law Princess Liliʻuokalani, the latter's husband John Owen Dominis, and Dr. Eduard Arning. The queen met Father Damien, the Belgian priest who had been caring for the patients for the last decade, and was given a tour by Ambrose K. Hutchison of the peninsula including the homes of the afflicted. One of the concerns brought to the queen's attention by Hutchison included the welfare of non-leprous children living on the island born to couples with leprosy. Kapiʻolani promised to build a home for these children. After the royal visit, the living conditions of the patients improved significantly.
On November 9, 1885, the Kapiʻolani Home for Girls at Kakaʻako was founded for the education of daughters of parents with leprosy with funds raised by the queen's charitable organization. The king and queen officiated at the dedication ceremony along with Walter Murray Gibson, who was also the president of Board of Health. During the ceremony, Kapiʻolani unlocked the doors of the home and presented the key to Mother Marianne Cope. On the same occasion, Cope was decorated with the Royal Order of Kapiʻolani by the king for her service to Hawaiians afflicted with leprosy.
Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria
In April 1887, Kalākaua sent a delegation to attend the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria in London. It included Kapiʻolani, the Princess Liliʻuokalani and her husband John Owen Dominis, as well as Court Chamberlain Colonel Curtis P. Iʻaukea acting as the official envoy of the King.
The party landed in San Francisco and traveled across the United States visiting Washington, D.C., Boston and New York City, where they boarded a ship for the United Kingdom. While in the American capital, they were received by President Grover Cleveland and his wife Frances Cleveland. In London, Kapiʻolani and Liliʻuokalani received an official audience with Queen Victoria at Buckingham Palace. Queen Victoria greeted both Hawaiian royals with affection, and recalled Kalākaua's visit in 1881. They attended the special Jubilee service at Westminster Abbey and were seated with other foreign royal guests, and with members of the Royal Household.
Shortly after the Jubilee celebrations, they learned of the Bayonet Constitution that Kalākaua had been forced to sign under the threat of death. They canceled their tour of Europe and returned to Hawaii.
In declining health, Kalākaua traveled to California aboard the USS Charleston on November 25, 1890. While traveling, the king suffered a stroke in Santa Barbara and was rushed back to San Francisco. Kalākaua fell into a coma in his suite at the Palace Hotel on January 18, and died two days later on January 20. The official cause of death was "Bright's Disease with Uremic Blood Poisoning." The news of Kalākaua's death did not reach Hawaii until January 29 when the Charleston returned to Honolulu with the remains of the king.
Death and funeral
After the death of her husband and the accession of her sister-in-law Liliʻuokalani to the throne, Queen Kapiʻolani retired from public life and seldom attended formal social events. She lived out the remainder of her life at her private residence Pualeilani in Waikīkī where the Hyatt Regency Waikiki now stands. Prior to her final illness, she signed over her vast landholdings worth over $250,000 to her nephews Prince Kawānanakoa and Prince Kūhiō. Her health began to fail two years before her death and she suffered three strokes during this time. During her last days, she was in a comatose state and died on June 24, 1899 at age sixty-four.
Hawaii was annexed to the United States under the Newlands Resolution, a joint resolution of Congress, on August 12, 1898, but the territorial government was not formally established until April 30, 1900. Thus, the Republic of Hawaii's Minister of Foreign Affairs Ernest Augustus Mott-Smith announced the royal funeral to the foreign consular agents in Honolulu. Her body lay in state at Kawaiahaʻo Church for public viewing and her funerary services were performed by the Anglican Bishop Alfred Willis at 2pm on July 2. After the service, a state funeral procession brought her remains to be buried at the Royal Mausoleum of Hawaii at ʻMauna Ala. Her funeral procession included many members of Hawaiian society including the former royal family: her nephews Prince Kawānanakoa and Prince Kūhiō, her brother-in-law Archibald Scott Cleghorn, her sister-in-law Liliʻuokalani. Officials of the Republic of Hawaii including Sanford B. Dole (still referred to as President) and members of the United States Army and Navy also attended the procession. She was interred in the Royal Mausoleum of Hawaii at ʻMauna Ala along with her husband and the rest of the House of Kalākaua. In a ceremony officiated by Liliʻuokalani on June 24, 1910, her remains, and those of her husband's family, were transferred for a final time to the underground Kalākaua Crypt after the main mausoleum building had been converted into a chapel.
Kapiʻolani Maternity Home survives today as the Kapiʻolani Medical Center. Kapiʻolani Park in Waikīkī was named after the Queen by her husband Kalākaua. One of her noted compositions to Hawaiian music was a love song she wrote for her husband, Ka Ipo Lei Manu. Kalākaua died in San Francisco before he could hear the musical composition from his Queen.
A portrait of Queen Kapiʻolani painted in August 1884 by Charles Furneaux, hangs at ʻIolani Palace.
- Some later sources call her Julia Kapiʻolani (Bailey 1975, p. 267; Kamae 1980, p. 39; Allen 1995, p. 33; Kanahele 1999, p. 130)
- The Royal Order of Kapiʻolani was named in honor of the High Chiefess Kapiʻolani not Queen Kapiʻolani (Hanley & Bushnell 1991, p. 225–226).
- Rose, Conant & Kjellgren 1993, pp. 278–279.
- Kam 2017, pp. 143–146.
- Lindley & Stebner 2008, p. 119.
- Lewis 1969, p. 68.
- Allen 1984, p. 204; Allen 1995, pp. 33–34; Kam 2017, p. 143; Kaeo & Queen Emma 1976, p. 28; McKinzie 1983, pp. 23, 30–32
- Taylor April 7, 1958; Taylor April 10, 1958; Taylor April 11, 1958
- Reed 1974, p. 1.
- Allen 1984, p. 204.
- Liliuokalani 1898, pp. 1–2.
- Pukui, Elbert & Mookini 1974, p. 88.
- Taylor April 7, 1958
- Evening Bulletin June 24, 1899; The Pacific Commercial Advertiser June 26, 1899; The San Francisco Call July 5, 1899
- Hanley & Bushnell 1991, pp. 102–103.
- Allen 1995, p. 173; Zambucka 2002, pp. 49–50; Bott 1997, p. 145; Iaukea 2012, p. 31
- Allen 1995, pp. 33–34.
- Zambucka 2002, pp. 17–18.
- Hanley & Bushnell 1991, p. 108–109.
- Hawaii State Archives 2006.
- Kanahele 1999, pp. 130–131.
- Taylor 1922, p. 256.
- Mcdermott, Choy & Guerrero 2015, p. 62.
- Kanahele 1999, pp. 125–144.
- Liliuokalani 1898, pp. 50–51.
- Allen 1995, p. 32.
- Kanahele 1999, p. 169.
- Kanahele 1999, p. 169, 315–318.
- Cracroft, Franklin & Queen Emma 1958, pp. 169, 308.
- Zambucka 2002, pp. 8–10.
- Kam 2017, p. 127.
- Kuykendall 1967, pp. 3–16.
- Allen 1984, pp. 204–206.
- Kuykendall 1967, p. 13.
- Tsai 2014, pp. 115–143.
- Kuykendall 1967, p. 12.
- Webb & Webb 1998, p. 25.
- Kamae 1980, pp. 53–54.
- Honolulu Almanac and Directory 1884, p. 18.
- Liliuokalani 1898, pp. 100–105.
- Bailey 1975, pp. 291–293.
- Taylor 1927, pp. 48–51.
- The Hawaiian Gazette August 4, 1880
- Kuykendall 1967, pp. 259, 261–265
- The Hawaiian Gazette February 14, 1883
- Zambucka 2002, p. 52.
- Webb & Webb 1998, pp. 9–14.
- Zambucka 1998, pp. 12–13.
- "ʻIolani Palace NRHP Asset Details". National Park Service. Archived from the original on January 13, 2017. Retrieved January 10, 2017.
- The Hawaiian Gazette February 21, 1883
- Zambucka 2002, p. 42.
- Tsutsumi & Choy 2017.
- Law 2012, pp. 127–137.
- Law 2012, pp. 141–152; Inglis 2013, pp. 88–89; Liliuokalani 1886, pp. iii–xvii
- Inglis 2013, pp. 130–136.
- Law 2012, pp. 149–151; Inglis 2013, pp. 26, 98, 133; Richardson 2008, p. 4; Gibson, Adler & Barrett 1973, p. 184
- Hanley & Bushnell 1991, pp. 225–226.
- Iaukea 2012, p. 30; Kuykendall 1967, pp. 341
- Kuykendall 1967, pp. 340–343; Liliuokalani 1898, p. 116–176
- Iaukea 2012, pp. 30–31
- Liliuokalani 1898, p. 171–176; Kuykendall 1967, pp. 340–343
- Kuykendall 1967, pp. 466–469.
- Kuykendall 1967, pp. 470–474.
- Mcdermott, Choy & Guerrero 2015, p. 59.
- Kam 2017, pp. 127–136.
- Parker 2008, pp. 30–31.
- Thrum 1909, p. 107; Parker 2008, pp. 39, 53–55; Reese 1919, pp. 80–81; Kam 2017, pp. 192–196
- Kalima, Lehua. "Ka Ipo Lei Manu". Huapala – Hawaiian Music and Hula Archives. Retrieved December 31, 2018.
- Taylor 1927, p. 42.
Books and journals
- Allen, Gwenfread E. (1984). "Queen Kapiolani". In Peterson, Barbara Bennett (ed.). Notable Women of Hawaii. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press. pp. 204–206. ISBN 978-0-8248-0820-4. OCLC 11030010.
- Allen, Helena G. (1995). Kalakaua: Renaissance King. Honolulu: Mutual Publishing. ISBN 978-1-56647-059-9. OCLC 35083815.
- Bailey, Paul (1975). Those Kings and Queens of Old Hawaii: A Mele to Their Memory. Los Angeles: Westernlore Books. ISBN 978-0-87026-035-3. OCLC 1733260.
- Bott, Robin L. (1997). Homans, Margaret; Munich, Adrienne (eds.). "'I Know What is Due to Me': Self-Fashioning and Legitimization in Queen Liliuokalani's Hawaii's Story by Hawaii's Queen". Remaking Queen Victoria. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 140–156. ISBN 978-0-521-57485-3. OCLC 185338494.
- Cracroft, Sophia; Franklin, Jane; Queen Emma (1958). Korn, Alfons L. (ed.). The Victorian Visitors: An Account of the Hawaiian Kingdom, 1861–1866, Including the Journal Letters of Sophia Cracroft: Extracts from the Journals of Lady Franklin, and Diaries and Letters of Queen Emma of Hawaii. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press. ISBN 978-0-87022-421-8. OCLC 8989368.
- Court, Official, Professional, And Business Directory. Honolulu Almanac and Directory. Honolulu: P. C. Advertiser Steam Printing Office. 1884. pp. 18–38. OCLC 12787107.
- Gibson, Walter Murray; Adler, Jacob; Barrett, Gwynn W. (1973). The Diaries of Walter Murray Gibson: 1886, 1887. Honolulu: University Press of Hawaii. ISBN 978-0-8248-0211-0. OCLC 243903716.
- Hanley, Mary Laurence; Bushnell, Oswald A. (1991). Pilgrimage and Exile: Mother Marianne of Molokai. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press. ISBN 978-0-8248-1387-1. OCLC 27978465.
- Iaukea, Sydney Lehua (2012). The Queen and I: A Story of Dispossessions and Reconnections in Hawaiʻi. Berkeley: University of California Press. ISBN 978-0-520-95030-6. OCLC 763161035 – via Questia.com.
- Inglis, Kerri A. (2013). Ma'i Lepera: A History of Leprosy in Nineteenth-Century Hawai'i. Honolulu, HI: University of Hawaii Press. ISBN 978-0-8248-6579-5 – via Project MUSE.
- Kaeo, Peter; Queen Emma (1976). Korn, Alfons L. (ed.). News from Molokai, Letters Between Peter Kaeo & Queen Emma, 1873–1876. Honolulu: The University Press of Hawaii. ISBN 978-0-8248-0399-5. OCLC 2225064.
- Kam, Ralph Thomas (2017). Death Rites and Hawaiian Royalty: Funerary Practices in the Kamehameha and Kalakaua Dynasties, 1819–1953. S. I.: McFarland, Incorporated, Publishers. ISBN 978-1-4766-6846-8. OCLC 966566652.
- Kamae, Lori (1980). The Empty Throne. Honolulu: Topgallant Publishing Co. ISBN 978-0-914916-44-4. OCLC 7080687.
- Kanahele, George S. (1999). Emma: Hawaii's Remarkable Queen. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press. ISBN 978-0-8248-2240-8. OCLC 40890919.
- Kuykendall, Ralph Simpson (1967). The Hawaiian Kingdom 1874–1893, The Kalakaua Dynasty. 3. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press. ISBN 978-0-87022-433-1. OCLC 500374815.
- Law, Anwei Skinsnes (2012). Kalaupapa: A Collective Memory (Ka Hokuwelowelo). Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press. ISBN 978-0-8248-6580-1. OCLC 830023588 – via Project MUSE.
- Lewis, Frances R. Hegglund (1969). History of Nursing in Hawaii. Germann-Kilmer Company. ISBN 9780343082659.
- Liliuokalani (1898). Hawaii's Story by Hawaii's Queen, Liliuokalani. Boston: Lee and Shepard. ISBN 978-0-548-22265-2. OCLC 2387226.
- Liliuokalani (1886). Report of Her Majesty Queen Kapiolani's visit to Molokai, by H.R.H. Princess Liliuokalani, July 1884. Report of the Board of Health. Honolulu: Printed by the Hawaiian Gazette Company. pp. iii–xvii. OCLC 39817109.
- Lindley, Susan Hill; Stebner, Eleanor J. (2008). The Westminster Handbook to Women in American Religious History. Westminster John Knox Press. ISBN 978-0-664-22454-7.
- Mcdermott, John F.; Choy, Zita Cup; Guerrero, Anthony P. S. (2015). "The Last Illness and Death of Hawaiʻi's King Kalākaua: A New Historical/Clinical Perspective Cover". The Hawaiian Journal of History. Honolulu: Hawaiian Historical Society. 49: 59–72. OCLC 60626541 – via Project MUSE.
- McKinzie, Edith Kawelohea (1983). Stagner, Ishmael W. (ed.). Hawaiian Genealogies: Extracted from Hawaiian Language Newspapers. 1. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press. ISBN 0-939154-28-5. OCLC 12555087.
- Parker, David "Kawika" (2008). "Crypts of the Ali`i The Last Refuge of the Hawaiian Royalty". Tales of Our Hawaiʻi (PDF). Honolulu: Alu Like, Inc. OCLC 309392477. Archived from the original (PDF) on November 11, 2013.
- Pukui, Mary Kawena; Elbert, Samuel H.; Mookini, Esther T. (1974). Place Names of Hawaii. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press. ISBN 978-0-8248-0524-1. OCLC 1042464.
- Reed, Frances (1974) . Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole, 1871–1922. Hilo: Hawaii County Library. OCLC 318062868.
- Reese, Albert Moore (1919). Wanderings in the Orient. Chicago, London: Open Court Publishing Company. OCLC 556316189.
- Richardson, Janine M. (2008). "'None of Them Came for Me:' The Kapiʻolani Home for Girls, 1885–1938". The Hawaiian Journal of History. 42: 1–26. hdl:10524/113. OCLC 60626541.
- Rose, Roger G.; Conant, Sheila; Kjellgren, Eric P. (September 1993). "Hawaiian Standing Kāhili in the Bishop Museum: An Ethnological and Biological Analysis". Journal of the Polynesian Society. Wellington, NZ: Polynesian Society. 102 (3): 273–304. JSTOR 20706518.
- Taylor, Albert Pierce (1927). The Rulers of Hawaii, The Chiefs and Chiefesses, Their Palaces, Monuments, Portraits and Tombs. Honolulu: Advertiser Publishing Company. OCLC 9380797.
- Taylor, Albert Pierce (1922). Under Hawaiian Skies: A Narrative of the Romance, Adventure and History of the Hawaiian Islands. Honolulu: Advertiser Publishing Company, Ltd. OCLC 479709.
- Tsai, Tiffany Lani Ing (2014). ""He Ka Waiho Hoʻohemahema": Kana Maoli Responses to King Kalakaua's Tour of the Kingdom from 1874 Newspapers in Hawaiʻi". Hawaiian Journal of History. Honolulu: Hawaiian Historical Society. 48: 115–143. hdl:10524/47258. OCLC 60626541.
- Webb, Nancy; Webb, Jean Francis (1998) . Kaiulani: Crown Princess of Hawaii. Honolulu: Mutual Publishing. ISBN 978-1-56647-206-7. OCLC 265217757.
- Zambucka, Kristin (2002). Kalakaua: Hawaiʻi's Last King. Honolulu: Māna Publishing Company. ISBN 978-0-931897-04-7. OCLC 123305738.
- Zambucka, Kristin (1998). Princess Ka'iulani of Hawaiʻi: The Monarchy's Last Hope. Honolulu: Mutual Publishing. ISBN 978-1-56647-710-9. OCLC 149442849.
Newspapers and online sources
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- "Postponed Pleasures". The Hawaiian Gazette. Honolulu. February 21, 1883. p. 2. Retrieved December 29, 2018.
- "Queen Dowager Kapiolani Passes Away – Death Came at 8:45 This Morning – Peaceful Ending of a Well Rounded Life". Evening Bulletin. Honolulu. June 24, 1899. pp. 1, 4. Retrieved December 29, 2018.
- "A Queen Called – Death of the Widow of the Late Kalakaua R. – Had Long Been Ill – Passes Away At Her Waikiki Home Closing Scenes – Funeral Arrangements". The Pacific Commercial Advertiser. Honolulu. June 26, 1899. pp. 1, 4, 9. Retrieved December 29, 2018.
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- Tsutsumi, Cheryl Chee; Choy, Zita Cup (December 24, 2017). "An evening to honor Queen Kapiʻolani". Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Honolulu. p. E3. Retrieved December 31, 2018.
- Gaylor, Ellen (1987). Kapiolani, Queen Consort of Kalakaua. Honolulu: Paper prepared for L.S. 930, Hawaiian Resource Material, Graduate School of Library Studies, University of Hawaii at Manoa. OCLC 663431326.
- Kapiolani Girls' Home (1885). Dedication of the Kapiolani Home for Girls. Honolulu: Advertiser Steam Print. OCLC 993966844.
- Kapiolani, Queen. Papers, 1834–1899. M-82, Manuscript Collection Inventory. Hawaii State Archives.
- McGuire, James W. L. (1887). A Short Description of Queen Kapiolani's Voyage to England to Attend the Jubilee Celebration of Queen Victoria of England in the Year 1887. Honolulu: Hawaii State Archives.
- McGuire, James W. L. (1938). He moolelo pokole no ka huakai a ka Moiwahine Kapiolani, ame ke Kamaliiwahine Liliuokalani i ka Iubile o ka Moiwahine Victoria o Beretania Nui. Honolulu: Printed by Collegiate Press. OCLC 16333248.
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- "Coronation". Hawaii Alive. Honolulu: Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum. Retrieved December 31, 2018.
- Higgins, Colette (2016). "In the Footsteps of Kapiʻolani – Retracing Queen Kapiʻolani's Journey to London in 1887". Retrieved December 31, 2018.
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Title last held byQueen Emma
| Queen consort of Hawaii
John Owen Dominis
as Prince consort