Thursday, November 12, 2009
Abigail Kinoiki Kekaulike Kawānanakoa
Abigail Kinoiki Kekaulike Kawānanakoa – by some definitions, the current claimant to the throne of Hawai'i. This is all very confusing. Of course, Hawai'i was once a monarchy, before its abundance of fruit made it necessary for the United States to colonise it. The last Queen of Hawai'i was Liliuokalani in 1893. She was deposed; however, she did have kids, which means her line carries on. The confusing part is that there was a split in the line later on, and now there are two claimants, both named Abigail as it turns out. I don't think either are technically claimants, as neither describes herself as 'Queen on Hawai'i', but the Abaigail in question has done a lot to restore the old Hawaiian palace and continues to be a bit of a figurehead for people who see Hawai'i as a place with a distinct heritage.