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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.

Princess Miriam Likelike
Photo Credit: Hawaii State Archives

Date of Birth: January 13, 1851
Date of Death: February 2, 1887

Her Birth
Miriam Kapili Likelike Kekaukuohi was born on January 13, 1851. Her full name was Miriam Kapili Likelike Kekaukuohi.

Her Parents
Princess Likelike's father was High Chief Kepaakea and her mother was Big island Chiefess Analea Keohokalole.

Her Brothers and Sisters
Princess Miriam Kapili Likelike was the younger sister of King Kalakaua, Queen Liliuokalani, and Prince Leleiohoku. Her Childhood
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.

Her Marriage
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 Queen Liliuokalani.

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.

Her Children
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 Likelike died.

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 and composers 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

Her Death
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 Highway
- Likelike Elementary School

Some of the Songs Written by Princess Likelike
-"Ainahau"
-"Aloha No Au I Ko Maka"
-"Kuu Ipo Ika Hee Pueone"
-"Maikai Waipio"

See also:
- 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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Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame: Princess Likelike
Biography of Her Husband Archibald Cleghorn



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