Hawaiian Princess Miriam Likelike
Mother of Crown Princess Kaiulani
A biography and profile of Hawaiian Princess Miriam Likelike, sister of
King Kalakaua and Queen Liliuokalani and mother of Princess Kaiulani.
Photo Credit: Hawaii State Archives
Date of Birth: January 13, 1851
Date of Death: February 2, 1887
Miriam Kapili Likelike Kekaukuohi was born on January 13, 1851.
Her full name was Miriam Kapili Likelike Kekaukuohi.
Princess Likelike's father was High Chief Kepaakea
and her mother was Big island Chiefess
Her Brothers and Sisters
Princess Miriam Kapili Likelike was the younger sister
of King Kalakaua, Queen Liliuokalani, and Prince
Some sources have say she spent her young childhood in Hilo, but
other sources say she was sent to live on the dry Kona side of the
Big Island to try and improve her health. I believe she
moved to Honolulu at the age of 6 to begin her formal education,
although some sources say she did not return to Honolulu until
she was a teenager.
Miriam Likelike married Scottish merchant and horticulturist
Archibald Scott Cleghorn on September 22, 1870.
She was 19 years old and he was between 35 and 37 years old.
During the reign of Queen Liliuokalani Cleghorn served as governor of Oahu.
The wedding took place at Washington House which, at the time,
was the home of Hawaii Governor Dominis and his wife
Likelike Became a Princess in 1874
When her brother David Kalakaua became King in
1874 Miriam was given the title "Princess Likelike" and she
was appointed governess of Oahu.
She had only one child, Princess Victoria Kaiulani,
who was born on October 16, 1875. Princess Kaiulani
was only 12 years old when her mother Princess
Her Musical Family
Likelike and her brothers and sisters loved music. She
was a poet and composer of songs.
She wrote the song "Ainahau", which was written
about the Cleghorn residence in Waikiki, a
gathering place for Sunday afternoon musical
gatherings. She wrote most of her songs at
Ainahau. She played instruments such as the Kaekeeke,
Puili, Ulili, Kalaou, ipu, Ulili and the Iliili.
She sponsored concerts and other
musical events and she sponsored young musicians
She led one of the three royal music clubs that
competed against each other in song and poetry
Her Ainahau Estate
Her home in Waikiki was a beautiful estate
called Ainahau. A driveway lined with tall palm
trees led to the mansion which was set in a Grove
of 500 coco palms. The grounds had water lily ponds,
gardens, statues, peacocks, and flowers.
The Ainahau Estate has been torn down. Today's
Governor Cleghorn Condominium stands at the mansion's
former driveway entrance. The Ainahau Estate
was torn down in 1955 by the Matson Navigation Company
in order to build the Princess Kaiulani Hotel.
Article About Ainahau
Wikipedia on Ainahau
Princess Likelike died on February 2, 1887 at age 36.
Her cause of death was unknown. She died after a
a period of feeling unwell and not eating.
Named After Princess Likelike:
Likelike Elementary School
Some of the Songs Written by Princess Likelike
-"Aloha No Au I Ko Maka"
-"Kuu Ipo Ika Hee Pueone"
Ainahau: Princess Likelike's Waikiki Estate
King Kalakaua, Brother of Princess Likelike
Queen Liliuokalani, Sister of Princess Likelike
Princess Kaiulani, Daughter of Princess Likelike
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Elsewhere on the Web
Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame: Princess Likelike
Biography of Her Husband Archibald Cleghorn