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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.


Marc Forby


Marc Forby (screenplay), Robert Payne (additional dialogue)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Q'orianka Kilcher ... Princess Ka'iulani
Barry Pepper ... Lorrin Thurston
Shaun Evans ... Clive Davies
Jimmy Yuill ... Archie Cleghorn
Will Patton ... Sanford Dole
Leo Anderson Akana Leo Anderson Akana ... Queen (Lydia) Lili'uokalani
Ocean Kaowili Ocean Kaowili ... King Kalákaua (as Ocean Ka'owili)
Kamuela Kalilikane Kamuela Kalilikane ... Mamane
Kimo Kalilikane Kimo Kalilikane ... Kalehua
Esmond Chung Esmond Chung ... Nahinu
Reupena Paopao Sheck Reupena Paopao Sheck ... Koa
Keith Barry Keith Barry ... U.S. Marine
Brian Hayes Currie ... Morgan (as Brian Currie)
Ka'alaka'iopono Faurot Ka'alaka'iopono Faurot ... (Keiki) Ka'iulani
Chandler Gines Chandler Gines ... Hawaiian Girl


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.



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some violence and thematic material, and for brief language, sensuality and smoking | See all certifications »





English | Hawaiian

Release Date:

14 May 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Princess Ka'iulani Project See more »


Box Office


$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$186,980, 16 May 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$883,887, 26 September 2010
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Ka'iulani means "highest point of heaven" in the Hawaiian language. See more »


In one shot, a chameleon walks across the screen. Chameleons are not native to Hawaii; they were first introduced in 1972. See more »


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Title Cards: Princess Ka'iulani died on March 6,1899 at the age of 23, less than one year after Hawai'i was annexed by the United States. Many believe she died of a broken heart at the loss of her nation.
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Title Cards: In 1993, President Clinton signed the "Apology Resolution" passed by Congress. The document offered an apology on behalf of the United States for the overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawai'i.
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Title Cards: To this day, Hawaiians strive to perpetuate their culture and ...
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Lei No Ka'iulani
Music and lyrics by John Edwards
Performed by Blaine Kia and Isaac Sonny Kalua
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what a joke
18 August 2010 | by keyrokSee all my reviews

The other reviews were clearly written by the writer/director or friends of the writer/director or cast members. Don't be fooled. They're more like gushing summaries than real reader reviews. There's much more interesting characters to be portrayed than this person. Wow....

This movie was boring boring boring and amateurish at times. Who funded this thing and how is it possible? I have a couple of bridges I'd like to sell to the financier. This movie doesn't even belong on Lifetime. If you're looking for a good night's rest, I would suggest Ambien. If you're looking to waste 15 minutes of your life before falling asleep, try beating your head against the wall to knock yourself out. You'll still feel better about that 15 minutes than having spent it watching any of this film. This must be a first for the writer/director. Hopefully the last as well.

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