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Princess Ruth Ke'elikōlani

Unfortunately many Hawaiians sometimes forget about her, Princess Ruth Ke'elikōlani (pronounced "keh-eh-leeh-koh-lah-neeh" for the Hawaiian language challenged.) Granted, to many her physical attributes are considered "unattractive" by many. However she is a reason why so many Hawaiian children are surviving. Unfortunately she doesn't get the recognition that she deserves. Personally I think that she is one of the most beautiful women in the world because she helped Hawaiian children. (Actually any woman who helps children is super beautiful to me.)

Who is she?

Ruth Ke'elikōlani, also known as Princess Ruth was born in 1826. She was a member of both the Kamehameha Dynasty and Kalākaua Dynasty, and Governor of the Island of Hawai'i. She became the largest landholder in the Kingdom of Hawai'i, owner of lands that would later become part of the present-day Kamehameha Schools/Bernice Pauahi Bishop Estate as well as the estate of Sam Parker. Without her land or... if it weren't for her land then Princess Pauahi would not have been able to create the Kamehameha Schools.

Do they teach about her at Kamehameha?

I don't remember them stressing how important she is to the Kamehameha Schools. It was more like they glossed over her contributions.

Do they mention her when discussing Kamehameha Schools?

Well in today's paper they didn't mention her:

http://starbulletin.com/2005/04/04/features/story2.html

An excerpt:

"What does Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop mean to you?"

They should have also asked, "What does Princess Ke'elikōlani mean to you?"

Cross-posted to hawaiians

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( 3 comments — Leave a comment )
p0stmdrnpr1mt1v
Apr. 4th, 2005 11:32 pm (UTC)
thanks for posting this

not that I have extensive knowledge of Hawaiian history, but I'd never heard of her before
ete
Apr. 5th, 2005 04:53 pm (UTC)
she is beautiful. :)
girlstar808
Apr. 9th, 2005 03:49 am (UTC)
Well, they didn't mention Charles Reed Bishop either and other benefactors/contributors (financial and otherwise) to the Estate.

I am proud that Hawaiian women have such power and strength, though - in general, of course. No one can shut us up. lol
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