The Arrest of Liliʻuokalani – Part 1

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#96 in the Moʻolelo series

Many people believe that Liliʻuokalani’s arrest was related to and immediately followed the overthrow. But Liliʻu was arrested in1895, two years after the overthrow. Her arrest was related to the Kaua Kūloko, the 1895 „Civil War“ or Wilcox rebellion. She was accused of allowing the rebels (see Keanu Sai on this point of whether or not this was a counter-rebellion) to hide their weapons in the yard of Washington Place.

Robert Kalanihiapo Wilcox

Whether this was true or not is unknown, but it is very unlikely, though not impossible. First, Wilcox as leader of the Libreral Party, was Liliʻu‘ s political opponent. The Liberal party, partly composed of Hawaiians who had lived abroad and adopted democratic ideals, actually wanted a Hawaiian Republic (a government with an elected leader), but not the Republic that we ended up getting!

This animosity, if there indeed was any, may…

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