Liliʻuokalani (born Lydia Liliʻu Loloku Walania Kamakaʻeha) was the first queen and last monarch of the Kingdom of Hawaii, ruling from January 29, 1891, until the overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawaii on January 17, 1893. The composer of “Aloha ʻOe” and numerous other works, she wrote her autobiography Hawaii’s Story by Hawaii’s Queen during her imprisonment following the overthrow.
“To compose was as natural to me as to breathe; and this gift of nature, never having been suffered to fall into disuse, remains a source of the greatest consolation to this day.[…] Hours of which it is not yet in place to speak, which I might have found long and lonely, passed quickly and cheerfully by, occupied and soothed by the expression of my thoughts in music.”
-Liliuokalani. Hawaii’s Story by Hawaii’s Queen, Liliuokalani. Boston: Lee and Shepard. 1898 p.31.
Hawaii’s Story by Hawaii’s Queen by Liliuokalani, Queen of Hawaii (1838-1917). Boston: Lee and Shepard, 1898. Chapter XLVI. Online. 3/7/2016 http://digital.library.upenn.edu/women/liliuokalani/hawaii/hawaii.html