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Princess Kaiulani (2009)

Princess Ka'iulani (original title)
PG | | Drama | 14 May 2010 (USA)
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The true story of a Hawaiian princess' attempts to maintain the independence of the island against the threat of American colonization.

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Lorrin Thurston
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Archie Cleghorn
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Sanford Dole
Leo Anderson Akana ...
Queen (Lydia) Lili'uokalani
Ocean Kaowili ...
King Kalákaua (as Ocean Ka'owili)
Kamuela Kalilikane ...
Mamane
Kimo Kalilikane ...
Kalehua
Esmond Chung ...
Nahinu
Reupena Paopao Sheck ...
Koa
Keith Barry ...
U.S. Marine
Brian Hayes Currie ...
Morgan (as Brian Currie)
Ka'alaka'iopono Faurot ...
(Keiki) Ka'iulani
Chandler Gines ...
Hawaiian Girl
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Inspired by true events. Princess Ka'iulani is the daughter of a Hawaiian princess and a Scottish businessman. As a teenager, she is sent to England to be educated, but after the death of her uncle King Kalakaua and the accession of her aunt Queen Liliu'okalani, Ka'iulani becomes the next heir to the throne. The possibility of U.S. annexation is looming and the rights of her people are threatened. Ka'iulani is torn between life in England with handsome young suitor Clive Davies or returning to her beloved Hawai'i. Written by L. Hamre

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Her heart was torn between love and the future of Hawaii.

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Drama

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Rated PG for some violence and thematic material, and for brief language, sensuality and smoking | See all certifications »
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After Heaven  »

Box Office

Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$186,980 (USA) (16 May 2010)

Gross:

$883,887 (USA) (26 September 2010)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Actress Leo Anderson Akana, who plays Queen Liliuokalani in this film, has previously played both Liliuokalani and Princess Ka'iulani on stage. This was Akana'a first major film role, despite a long career as a professional theatre actor. See more »

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In one shot, a chameleon walks across the screen. Chameleons are not native to Hawaii; they were first introduced in 1972. See more »

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[last lines]
Woman: Hawaiians remember Princess Ka'iulani as the hope she brought to her people. The flame of our great chiefess burns brightly in the soul of our nation.
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Soundtracks

Kalakaua March
Written by King David Kalakaua and Henri Berger
Performed by The Royal Hawaiian Band
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Movie is confusing at times
1 July 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I watched this movie not knowing much about the history of Hawaii before it became a state of the United States of America. It was interesting to learn about the story of the last princess (or some say Queen) of Hawaii. This intelligent, beautiful and elegant young woman fights with passion for her country and it's people.

I guess you can say we all know how it ends and unfortunately it is a very sad story for Princess Kaiulani.

The movie is a little confusing at the beginning because it is not explained how she is a princess and her uncle is King not her mother who passes. At least I don't think her mother was Queen. Let's just say I am uncertain about that but Kaiulani starts out as a princess and her father is of Scottish descent and not of royal blood.

About 45 minutes into the movie I thought is it over all ready not because I was bored really but because the story just seemed like what more could there be to tell. You have to realize this is a film about Princess Kaiulani and not just Hawaii.

I think the costumes and production was beautifully done. The storyline a little confusing at time and cuts to soon to different points but it was well done. Not good enough to watch twice but interesting enough if you are into the history of royals and history of Hawaii.


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