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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.

Director:

Marc Forby

Writers:

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
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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.

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

The forest where Queen Liliuokalani walks after King Kalakaua dies and where Princess Kaiulani gets crown was filmed at the Sherwood Forest on the Hawaiian island of Oahu. In 2019 work stared to build a massive sports complex that would require the forest to be cleared . In September of 2019 new construction equipment was brought in because the previous equipment was set on fire and protestors blocked the entry gate and arrest were made . Hawaiian artifacts have been found On the site but the city has said it will continue to build Despite the finds . See more »

Goofs

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

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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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Soundtracks

Kalakaua March
Written by King David Kalakaua and Henri Berger
Performed by The Royal Hawaiian Band
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Amateurish and a bit offensive.
18 August 2011 | by BronzeKeilani26See 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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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English | Hawaiian

Release Date:

14 May 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Princess Ka'iulani Project See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$186,995, 16 May 2010

Gross USA:

$883,887

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$883,887
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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