Princess Ka‘iulani Tribute 2009



Annual event organized by The Caledonian Society of Hawaii. Hawaiian bagpiper, Jake Kaio piped the gathering into the Chapel at Mauna 'Ala at The Royal Mausoleum where Bruce McEwan, Chieftain of the Caledonian Society greeted the audience and introduced playwright and speaker Jennifer Fahrni of The Ka'iulani Project. Fahrni spoke about the life and times of Ka'iulani, and in the Princess's own words, recounted memories from Ka'iulani's childhood. All were welcome to attend this ceremony, which also included bagpiping, a Scottish Country dance performance written by Bruce McEwan for Ka'iulani, Highland Dancing from a group who had travelled all the way from Scotland, and presentation of a lei at the crypt of the Hawaiian-Scottish Crown Princess. Photo top left: Hawaiian bagpiper, Jacob Kaio plays the pipes as dancers from Scotland pay tribute to Princess Ka'iulani at the Royal Mausoleum in Nuuanu.


The Royal Mausoleum was originated by Kamehameha IV and his wife, Queen Emma. This is the most sacred burial ground on the island of Oahu. As well as for Ka'iulani and her immediate family, the site serves as the resting place for King Kamehameha II through V, King Kalakaua, and Queen Liliuokalani. Princess Ka'iulani was heir to the throne of the Kingdom of Hawaii at the time of the illegal overthrow of the monarchy. Princess Ka'iulani (October 16, 1875 - March 6, 1899) was half Hawaiian (mother was Princess, Miriam Likelike) and half Scottish (father was Scottish-born entrepreneur, Archibald Cleghorn, last Royal Governor of Oahu). Champion Hawaiian bagpiper Jacob Kaio plays the pipes for the Ka'iulani Memorial every year. Maui bagpiper, Hamish Burgess of Maui Celtic was also in attendance from Maui. Photo above center: Scottish country dancers in a performance written for Ka'iulani by Chieftain Bruce MacEwan. For a biography of Princess Ka'iulani see The Ka'iulani Project - About Ka'iulani. To comment on the event go to Ka'iulani Connections.

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