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Likelike (1851-1887)

Born January 13, 1851
Honolulu, HI
Died February 2, 1887
Āinahau, Honolulu
Nationality Hawaiian
Era Romantic

Miriam Likelike Kekāuluohi Keahelapalapa Kapili was a Princess of the Kingdom of Hawaiʻi, sister of the last two ruling monarchs, mother of Princess Kaʻiulani, last heir to the throne, and mistress of the ʻĀinahau estate.

Likelike was vivacious and well-liked, and her home was opened to important people from all over the world. She had a reputation of being a kindly, gracious hostess in almost every country of Europe and almost every state of the union. She would always be up with the latest fashions, ordering dresses and clothing from Paris. Princess Likelike, Liliʻuokalani, Leleiohoku and Kalākaua were known as “Hawaii’s First Family of Musicians.”

Princess Likelike and her siblings King David Kalākaua, Queen Liliʻuokalani, and Crown Prince Leleiohoku II, were known as the Nā Lani ʻEhā (The Royal Four): aliʻi who were renowned as composers and champions of Hawaiian music in the latter half of the 19th century. With Likelike’s siblings, she led one of the three royal music clubs that held regular friendly competitions to outdo each other in song and poetry while she was alive. ʻĀinahau”, the most famed of Likelike’s works, was composed about the Cleghorn residence in Waikiki, the gathering place for Sunday afternoon musical get-togethers where she wrote most of her compositions. She encouraged the musical education of her daughter, Princess Kaʻiulani, and sponsored concerts and musical pageants. The patronage she gave to young musicians and composers helped perpetuate Hawaiian music.