I've begun reading Sarah Vowell's "Unfamiliar Fishes" about the fall of the Hawaiian monarchy. It's depressing because it reminds me of the tragic story of Princess Victoria Kaiulani.
Imperialists denounced Kaiulani as a "half-breed," daughter of a savage (Princess Miriam Likelike) and a Scottish businessman (Archibald Cleghorn). However, Kaiulani was a persuasive young woman and she convinced President Grover Cleveland to oppose American annexation of Hawaii. His successor, William McKinley had no qualms about stealing the islands and annexation quickly followed his inauguration.
By then Kaiulani had returned home to Hawaii. Like all native Hawaiians, she mourned on the day the United States officially took possession of Hawaii. Many say she began to die on that day. Just seven months later, Princess Kaiulani fell ill after being caught in the rain. She died on March 6, 1899 at the age of 23.