In honor of National Women’s History Month, here are 4 inspirational mana wāhine (strong women) who have helped to shape Hawaii and continuously lead the way in women and native Hawaiian rights throughout their time.
Lydia Lili‘u Loloku Walania Wewehi Kamaka‘eha
Lydia Lili‘u Loloku Walania Wewehi Kamaka‘eha was born on September 2, 1838, and went on to become the queen of the Kingdom of Hawaii, as well as a scholar, philanthropist, prolific and brilliant composer.
Lili'u was named successor to the throne on April 11, 1877, and was sworn in on January 29, 1891, following the death of her brother, King Kalākaua.
She is revered and remembered across the Hawaiian Islands for her knowledge, grace, and devotion towards Hawaii's people. “E…