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Queen Liliuokalani, last royal ruler of Hawaii

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The Dynasty of Kamehameha
For the first seven years of his rule, most of Kamehameha III's duties as King were carried out by his father's wife, Kaahumanu. Once Kaahumanu died, in 1832, Kamehameha III went on to rule until 1854. He introduced a constitutional form of government and adoped Hawaii's first written constitution in 1840.

Two other kings, called Kamehameha IV and V, succeeded the boy king, followed by two other royal rulers who were not part of the Kamehameha family. The last royal ruler of Hawaii was Queen Liliuokalani, who died in 1917. In 1898, the United States acquired Hawaii, and in 1959 it became the 50th state.

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