Princess Kaiulani, Emperor Meiji
I have always been interested in the Japan and Hawaii connection. Hawaii is such a beautiful place to visit and has a fascinating history. This video talks about how history could have been so very different for the two countries.
In 1880, Hawaii King David Kalakaua visited Emperor Meiji of Japan. He proposed an alliance, sealed with the proposed marriage of Princess Kaiulani to Prince Komatsu Akihito. They declined. But if it had happened, would Japan have attacked Pearl Harbor in 1941, when members of the Imperial Family were part Hawaiian? It’s possible the US might never have entered World War II. Story by Bob Sigall, author of “The Companies We Keep” books. Air date: July 16, 2009.
I visit Hawaii about twice a year and enjoy the tropical environment in a friendly and safe place that has a mix of many cultures including Japanese.