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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.



(screenplay), (additional dialogue)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Princess Ka'iulani
... Lorrin Thurston
... Clive Davies
... Archie Cleghorn
... Sanford Dole
Leo Anderson Akana ... Queen (Lydia) Lili'uokalani
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


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 »






Release Date:

14 May 2010 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

After Heaven  »


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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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The first film ever permitted to shoot inside Honolulu's Iolani Palace. See more »


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 »


Princess Ka'iulani: What my father is saying is that I'm grateful to be a guest and would never presume to talk about the politics of Hawaii, which reminds me of this hen.
President Cleveland: Hen reminds you of Hawaii?
Princess Ka'iulani: "It does actually. Natural, unspoiled, perfect. For as long as anyone can remember, pepper has been the perfect seasoning for hen." She pours pepper. "Lately though, salt, a white mineral from the sea has been the fashion." She pours salt. "Careful to add just a bit, as the perfect balance can be easily upset." Then ...
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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 See 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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