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Queen Emma was the wife of Kamehameha IV and one of the most influential figures in Hawaiian history. Once a candidate for the royal throne, Emma became known and loved for her humanitarian efforts throughout the Islands.
With her husband, she championed the Anglican (Episcopal) church in Hawaii and founded St. Andrew’s Cathedral, raising funds for the building. In 1867 she founded Saint Andrew’s Priory School for Girls.
George NaeaGrace KamaikuiThomas Charles Byde Rooke
Queen Emma of Hawaii/Parents
Princess Emma Kalanikaumakaamano Kaleleonālani Na’ea Rooke was born on January 2, 1836. Her father was George Naea and her mother was Fanny Kekelaokalani Young, she was adopted by her aunt Grace Kamaikui Young & husband, Mr. Thomas Charles Byde Rooke.
January 2, 1836
Queen Emma of Hawaii/Date of birth
The name Emma in Hawaiian is Ema.
The insurgents established the Republic of Hawaii, but their ultimate goal was the annexation of the islands to the United States, which occurred in 1898….Overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom.
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Kamehameha IVm. 1856–1863
Queen Emma of Hawaii/Spouse
Marriage to Æthelred II In an attempt to pacify Normandy, King Æthelred of England married Emma in 1002. Similarly Richard II, Duke of Normandy hoped to improve relations with the English in wake of recent conflict and a failed kidnapping attempt against him by Æthelred.
At the engagement party, a Hawaiian charged that Emma’s Caucasian blood made her unfit to be the Hawaiian queen and her lineage was not suitable enough to be Alexander Liholiho’s bride; she broke into tears and the king was infuriated. On June 19, 1856, she married Alexander Liholiho, who a year earlier had assumed the throne as Kamehameha IV.
Emma and King Kamehameha IV are honored with a feast day of November 28 on the liturgical calendar of the U.S. Episcopal Church. From 1865 to 1866, she traveled to England and the United States for her health and to help the burgeoning Anglican mission in Hawaii.
Kapiolani was born on 31 December 1834 in Hilo. Her father was Kuhio, the high chief of Hilo, Kinoiki, her mother, was the daughter of Kaumualii (the last king of Kauai before the Hawaiian islands were unified by King Kamehameha).  In 1852, Kapiolani came to Honolulu to marry High Chief Bennett Namakeha, one of the uncles of Queen Emma.
After the death of King Lunalilo, Emma decided to run in the constitutionally-mandated royal election against future King Kalākaua. She claimed that Lunalilo had wanted her to succeed him, but died before a formal proclamation could be made. The day after Lunalilo died, Kalākaua declared himself candidate for the throne.