In 1891, when Liliuokalani became queen of Hawaii, she tried to regain some of the power that had been given away to Americans.
The Americans living on the islands, however, felt that her new constitution went too far, and they staged a takeover, with the help of U.S. troops, in 1893.
Liliuokalani was put under house arrest and forced to give up her powers as queen in 1895.
She remained strongly opposed to making Hawaii a U.S. territory and led a movement that proclaimed “Hawaii for the Hawaiians.”
Congress, however, was more interested in the strategic value of these islands in the Pacific, and it voted to annex Hawaii as a territory in 1898.
In her later years Liliuokalani was known as the writer of such songs as “Aloha Oe.”
Although Hawaiian leader Liliuokalani was deposed as queen in 1895, she continued to dress and live regally. She supported Hawaii’s independence from the United States.