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Queen Emma dies

Queen Emma, married to Kamehameha IV, possessed a chiefly lineage herself. Descended from a younger brother of Kamehameha I, she was also a granddaughter to John Young. Born to George Naea and Fanny Young, she was raised as a hanai, or adopted, daughter by her aunt Grace Young and her husband Dr. Thomas C.B. Rooke. She attended the Chiefs' Children's School and became well acquainted with Alexander Liholiho there. They married in 1856, two years after Alexander came to the throne. They had one son, Albert, who died at age four. Widowed soon afterward, Emma remained active in the community. She was instrumental in establishing Queen's Hospital as well as St. Andrew's Priory girls' school. Emma eventually entered politics again by submitting her name as a candidate in the election of 1874. David Kalakaua won the election by an overwhelming margin, but Emma's supporters rioted and attacked the courthouse. Emma acknowledged Kalakaua's victory and calmed her supporters. In 1883, Emma suffered the first of several small strokes, dying two years later at age 49.

 Sites for further information

Queen's Hospital's Biography of Founder Queen Emma (Queen's Hospital)
www.queens.org/about/queenbio.html

An Article about Queen Emma's Visit to Waimanalo (Aloha Airlines)
spiritofaloha.com/place/0898/place.html

Historical Documents about Queen Emma's Summer Palace (American Memory)
memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/r?ammem/hh:@field(DOCID+@lit(HI0027))

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