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Princess Kaiulani (2009)

Princess Ka'iulani (original title)
PG | | Drama | 14 May 2010 (USA)
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The true story of a Hawaiian princess' attempts to maintain the independence of the island against the threat of American colonization.

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Leo Anderson Akana ...
Ocean Kaowili ...
King Kalákaua (as Ocean Ka'owili)
Kamuela Kalilikane ...
Mamane
Kimo Kalilikane ...
Kalehua
Esmond Chung ...
Nahinu
Reupena Paopao Sheck ...
Koa
Keith Barry ...
U.S. Marine
Brian Hayes Currie ...
Morgan (as Brian Currie)
Ka'alaka'iopono Faurot ...
(Keiki) Ka'iulani
Chandler Gines ...
Hawaiian Girl
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Storyline

Inspired by true events. Princess Ka'iulani is the daughter of a Hawaiian princess and a Scottish businessman. As a teenager, she is sent to England to be educated, but after the death of her uncle King Kalakaua and the accession of her aunt Queen Liliu'okalani, Ka'iulani becomes the next heir to the throne. The possibility of U.S. annexation is looming and the rights of her people are threatened. Ka'iulani is torn between life in England with handsome young suitor Clive Davies or returning to her beloved Hawai'i. Written by L. Hamre

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Her heart was torn between love and the future of Hawaii.

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Drama

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Rated PG for some violence and thematic material, and for brief language, sensuality and smoking | See all certifications »
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14 May 2010 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

After Heaven  »

Box Office

Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$186,980 (USA) (14 May 2010)

Gross:

$883,887 (USA) (24 September 2010)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Princess Ka'iulani's full name at birth was "Victoria Ka'iulani Kalaninuiahilapalapa Kawekiu i Lunalilo Cleghorn," first born child of a Hawaiian Royal mother and a Scottish commoner father. She was born October 16, 1875 in the city of Honolulu, island of Oahu, Kingdom of Hawaii. See more »

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There is a clear shot of a chameleon walking across the screen. Chameleons are not native to Hawaii and the first ones were introduced in 1972. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Woman: Hawaiians remember Princess Ka'iulani as the hope she brought to her people. The flame of our great chiefess burns brightly in the soul of our nation.
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Soundtracks

A Hot Time in the Old Town
Lyrics written by Joe Hayden
Music written by Theodore August Metz
Performed by Blaine Kia, Kaleo 'Boi' Kia and Joseph Winchester
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Amateurish and a bit offensive.
18 August 2011 | by (SF. Calif. USA) – See all my reviews

This movie was disappointing. As a native Hawai'ian, I was excited to see and support a historical movie detailing a significant period in our history filled with issues that still weigh heavy on us until this day. Most of the movie seemed amateurish and poorly put together but it tells a story so I guess thats what mattered. There are several scenes which serve merely to develop the viewer's sympathy for Ka'iulani in love, begging us to be overly sensitive towards our heroine and an interest in love while in England ..instead of building her character around more important issues that were her life. Characters like Alice, Archie, Miss Barnes are shallow and rather dull. They exist solely to enhance Ka'iulani and funnel the plot towards her own turmoils in romance.

Though the dialog has its moments (like the lovely conversation at dinner in regards to food and politics), the whole movie gets sidetracked by just another fated love story... the same one we've seen a million times: Girl and boy from different situations, finances, countries, and dispositions are supposed to hate each other, but end up falling madly in love. There were also many significant events in Ka'iulani's life that are not portrayed in the movie.


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