Liliuokalani's Parasol






Can hear the praise of friends in difficult times


Unpleasant Memory Recollection



Collected by

Warehouse 13







Date of Collection

May 17, 1934



Lydia Liliʻu Loloku Walania Kamakaʻeha (September 2, 1838 – November 11, 1917) ruled the Hawai’ian Kingdom as its first queen and last monarch from 1891-93. Her adoptive parents were advisors to former king Kamehameha III and his successors. When their lineage had no more children to ascend the throne, Liluokalani and her brother David Kalākaua became princess and prince. Lydia initially founded welfare programs for native citizens, granted land to Father Damian to treat lepers and made friends with Queen Victoria at her coronation.

Events took a detour when Kalākaua passed away, forcing Lydia to manage a new cabinet and tensions with foreign powers. The high tariffs on sugar was unbearable to other countries, and many considered annexing the island chain to bring down the prices. In 1893, a military coup backed by anti-royalists, US sailors and legal teams overtook the government buildings without bloodshed to set up their new government. Liliuokalani requested Presidents Harrison and Cleveland for help; they supported her rule, but the encroaching Americans stayed put. Two years in, Liliuokalani was court-martialed of supporting a failed rebellion. She was sentenced to five years labor but reduced to house arrest.

During her stay, she composed many traditional songs to keep her cultural identity strong in the face of uncontrollable change. Her most famous is “Aloha Oe (Farewell To Thee)”, now synonymous with the tropical paradise.

Aloha ʻoe, aloha ʻoe
E ke onaona noho i ka lipo
One fond embrace,
A hoʻi aʻe au
Until we meet again


Singing, especially traditional songs one grew up with, lets the user hear the gossip others spread about them. Anything they say or think is audible like another vocal dialogue, all in the same tone to delineate others’ views from their own self-judgement. Some of the fair criticism makes its way through, but focus is placed squarely on the character praise. Every action that is a source of respect and adoration tickles the inside of their ear.

After her unfortunate reduction to a figurehead among her people instead of leader, the parasol brings back harsh memories to the surface. Not necessarily traumatic, just points where they failed to be the person they strove to become. Them as unaccomplished and unsatisfied.


Seen in the background of the episodes “Love Sick” and “The Ones You Love”.

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