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October 21, 2012 | By Catharine M. Hamm, Los Angeles Times Travel editor
The lead article in Sunday's Travel section is about the Hawaiian monarchs. As amazing as most of them were, one of the most influential Hawaiians of royal blood was one who never reigned, although she might have: Bernice Pauahi Bishop, known as Princess Pauahi. She was born in 1831, the great-granddaughter of Kamehemeha I, and was schooled at the Chiefs' Children's School, or the Royal School, run by missionaries. It was expected she would marry Lot Kamehameha, who ultimately took the throne as Kamehameha V, but hearing that she was smitten with a young businessman named Charles Reed Bishop, Lot released her from this promise.
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Is there no end to the Anglophilic idolatry of an obsolete monarchy that contradicts all the values of our republic? We believe in a multiracial, multicultural society; the Windsors represent the opposite: one culture, one ethnicity, and one race. We believe in talent and opportunity for all; the Crown represents heredity and a staid traditionalism, which is based on privilege and accident of birth. I realize the Crown in England is supposed to have no real political influence, but in every way it represents the advantage of power and birth.
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