HONOLULU (KHOn2) — The monarchy of Hawai’i fell to U.S. industrialists in 1893. The last Queen of the Hawaiian islands was Liliʻuokalani.
Princess Abigail Kinoiki Kekaulike Kawānanakoa was a member of the Hawaiian Royal Family. She passed away on Sunday, Dec. 11 at the age of 96.
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Princess Abigail’s memorial service is scheduled to take place tomorrow. She will lie-in-state on Sunday, Jan. 22 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at ‘Iolani Palace.
At 1:30 p.m., the koa casket that will carry the Princess’s will arrive at the front gate via hearse. There will be a small process to accompany the Princess. It will utilize traditional Hawaiian protocol.
HPD will be in attendance to provide a law enforcement honor guard that will carry the casket.
The handcrafted koa casket was created by Martin & MacArthur.
Princess Abigail will lie in state in the Throne Room where members of the royal family and Hawaiian Royal Societies will keep vigil during her time there.
At 2 p.m., the pedestrian gate on King Street will be opened for members of the public who wish to pay their respects.
The family is requesting that mourners respect the dignity of the event. Please dress appropriately and do not wear political or offensive language or slogans as you will not be allowed to enter. Also flash photography, video, vaping and picnicking will not be allowed in the Palace.
Lines will be kept moving in order to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to pay their respects.
Foreign dignitaries, the Hawaiian Civic Clubs in groups and any visitor for whom there is a security concern will have special accommodations.
While no gifts of food or liquor will be accepted, the family said that ho’okupu [gifts] of lei and flowers are welcome and will be taken to Mauna ‘Ala.
For those who wish to gift mele or hula, there will be an area available fronting the Palace.
Personal messages are also allowed; there will be a memorial book located at the entrance of the palace.
Monetary gifts can be made to The Friends of ‘Iolani Palace.
Since footwear is required to enter the Palace, shoe coverings and a temporarily installed carpet will allow for mourners to easily integrate into the event.
Palace grounds will be closed to vehicular traffic or for public parking. The Civic Center Municipal Building will be available for public parking.
A private memorial by invitation only will take place on Monday, Jan. 23 at Mauna ‘Ala.
Princess Abigail was a vibrant part of Hawai’i’s LGBTQ2+ community having been awarded the Vision without Limits Award in 2015 by the Hawai’i LGBT Legacy Foundation.
She was the only child of Princess Lydia Kamaka‘eha Liliu‘okulani Kawānanakoa Morris and William Jeremiah Ellerbrock of the Royal House of Kawānanakoa. They had close ties to Their Majesties King Kalākaua and Queen Liliu‘okulani.
Princess Abigail is the 12th royal to lie in state in the Throne Room.
A motorcade brought her casket to the gates of ‘Iolani Palace where she was greeted with traditional Hawaiian chants. Royal societies lined both sides of the driveway where she proceeded to the palace doors.
Pallbearers carried her into the throne room where her family, royal societies and the public paid their respects.
Kawānanakoa — known as the last Hawaiian princess — made it a point to support Native Hawaiian causes.
“She’s been known to call a mortuary. Say I would like I would like to know if there are any Hawaiian families that have not been able to pay their bill, and i will pay their bill. she has put people into the hospital and they didn’t have medical care. And this is this has been done for many, many years. And most of the time, it’s without her getting any acknowledgement,” said Hailama Farden.
The public then waited in line throughout the day with gifts of lei for the princess.
“This is the royal Ilima along with some tuba roles for fragrance and the tea leaf which is the symbol of of course blessing and sacredness to our people,” said Keoni Martin.
“She was dedicated to our Hawaiian culture. She was dedicated to so many Hawaiian causes. For that I am deeply honored. And to say she is probably one of the last living that has that title. It’s important that I’m here as a Hawaiian myself,” said Frank Kaanana Akina.
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Abigail Kawānanakoa died peacefully in her Nu’uanu home on Dec. 11, 2022; she was 96-years-old.