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American Experience

Hawaii's Last Queen (#904)

This episode of The American Experience chronicles Hawaiian history from 1778, when it was first discovered as a direct route to China, to 1893, when Queen Lili'uokalani surrendered her power to the United States. Queen Lili'uokalani was descended from generations of Hawaiian chiefs and was steadfast about preventing a Hawaiian "cultural malaise" despite pressure from the Christian missionaries who were Americanizing the islands. Many Hawaiians today believe that their culture survived modernity because of her efforts. [56 minutes] Closed Captioning

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Series Description: As television's longest-running, most-watched history series, American Experience brings to life the incredible characters and epic stories that helped form this nation.

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