Victoria Kawēkiu Kaʻiulani Lunalilo Kalaninuiahilapalapa Cleghorn (October 16, 1875 – March 6, 1899) was heir to the throne of the Kingdom of Hawaii and held the title of Crown Princess. Kaʻiulani became known throughout the world for her intelligence and determination. After the overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy in 1893, she visited the United States to help restore the Kingdom; she made many speeches and public appearances denouncing the overthrow of her government and the injustice toward her people. While in Washington, D.C., she paid an informal visit to U.S. President Grover Cleveland and First Lady Frances Folsom Cleveland Preston, but her efforts could not prevent eventual annexation.
On Sunday, October 20, the Cathedral Choir will honor the beautiful princess with an Evensong at 5:30 pm. in the Cathedral. Our Interim Music Director Leohone Magno has assembled some wonderful pieces with a Hawaiian flavor to celebrate the lovely Princess! Selections will include Lei no Ka’iulani by Gabby Pahinui, with soloist Sienna Achong, and a special choir anthem by Leohone herself, E Pule Käkou no ka Maluhia (Let’s pray for peace). Don’t miss this special Evensong! Come early and hear the bellringers!