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Princess Kaiulani (2009)

Princess Ka'iulani (original title)
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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 »

Did You Know?


Ka'iulani's given first name, Victoria, was a tribute to the Queen of Great Britain. In July 1843, Queen Victoria had helped to restore Hawaii's sovereignty and independence during the reign of King Kamehameha III. The queen's given names were Alexandrina Victoria, but she chose not to use her given first name. Similarly, Princess Ka'iulani chose not to use her given first name. 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 »


Princess Ka'iulani: There is no Victoria. There never was!
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The Star Spangled Banner
Music by John Stafford Smith
Lyrics by Francis Scott Key
Performed by Blaine Kia, Stephen Warbeck, Andrew Green and Brianna Christiansen
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User Reviews

Movie is confusing at times
1 July 2011 | by confuzzleddesignsSee all my reviews

I watched this movie not knowing much about the history of Hawaii before it became a state of the United States of America. It was interesting to learn about the story of the last princess (or some say Queen) of Hawaii. This intelligent, beautiful and elegant young woman fights with passion for her country and it's people.

I guess you can say we all know how it ends and unfortunately it is a very sad story for Princess Kaiulani.

The movie is a little confusing at the beginning because it is not explained how she is a princess and her uncle is King not her mother who passes. At least I don't think her mother was Queen. Let's just say I am uncertain about that but Kaiulani starts out as a princess and her father is of Scottish descent and not of royal blood.

About 45 minutes into the movie I thought is it over all ready not because I was bored really but because the story just seemed like what more could there be to tell. You have to realize this is a film about Princess Kaiulani and not just Hawaii.

I think the costumes and production was beautifully done. The storyline a little confusing at time and cuts to soon to different points but it was well done. Not good enough to watch twice but interesting enough if you are into the history of royals and history of Hawaii.

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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:

$186,995, 16 May 2010

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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