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Cleghorn, Archibald


ARCHIBALD CLEGHORN - 1835-1910   Born in Edinburgh, Scotland;  Died in Hawaiian Islands

From "Hawaii's Tragic Princess: Kaiulani..." by Maxine Mrantz, pg. 7:
"The proud father, Archibald Cleghorn, Scots born and educated, was to be at his daughter's side through much of her difficult times and through many of her European travels.
"At 16, Cleghorn had arrived in the islands with his father, Thomas Cleghorn, aboard the British brig, "Sisters," from Auckland.  Thomas died in Honolulu, leaving 16 year old Archie to run the small drygoods store he had started.  Archie's mother eventually went back to New Zealand but her son stayed, prospered in business, and four years later was on his way to becoming a power in the mercantile industry.  He not only had stores in Honolulu but on the neighbor islands as well.
"By the time he was in his 30's, he was the father of three daughters, Helen, Rose, and Annie by an Hawaiian lady named Elizabeth.  In addition to his several stores, he had a house on Queen Emma Street in downtown Honolulu.
"If Cleghorn had a green thumb in business he had an even greener one for things botanical.  His Emma Street home boasted beautiful gardens, all due to his own efforts and to the talen for horticulture inherited from his father.
"When he was 35, he married 19 year old Miriam Likelike, an Hawaiian girl from a chiefly family.  Later, she would be given the rank of Princess when her brother, Kalakaua was elected King of Hawaii.
"Likelike, pretty, vivacious, and a social leader of Honolulu, did much entertaining at the home on Emma Street.  The Emma Street home was only a forerunner to the garden spot Archibald Cleghorn would create in Waikiki -- an estate befitting Likelike and Kaiulani.
"The garden spot was Ainahau, the "cool place," built on Waikiki land given to Kaiulani by her godmother, Princess Ruth, and named by Kaiulani's mother because of a cooling breeze from Manoa Valley.
"Archibald Cleghorn could at last indulge his lvoe for gardening to the maximum.  Ainahou was indeed a worthy domicile for the two princesses.  There were 10 acres of land on which Cleghorn planted the famous "Kaiulani" banyan, the tree that was the parent to the Honolulu banyan.  In addition, he planted eight varieties of mango trees, trees of teak, cinnamon, soap, and an Indian tree with scarlet flowers shaped like a tiger's claw.  In addition to camphor trees, date palms, kamani trees, sago palms and 14 varieties of hibiscus, he created three lily ponds by the inclusion of an artesian well.  And then, to add some variety to the plant life, he brought in a community of peafowl."

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From the book "The View From Diamond Head:"
 
A wealthy merchant and man about town, Archibald Cleghorn, at the age of 37, married Miriam Likelike, the nineteen-year-old great-granddaughter of chief Kepo'okalani, a cousin of King Kamehameha I of the Hawaiian Islands.  This marriage brought the Scotsman into the midst of Hawaiian royalty and governmental affairs when his wife's brother, David Kalakaua, became king in 1874.  The King appointed Cleghorn to the House of Nobles and upon the death of John Dominis in 1891, Queen Lili'uokalani made him governor of Oahu.
 
One of the more prominent men of his day, Cleghorn played an instrumental role in the founding of Kapi'olani Park in 1877.  He served as vice president, and later president of the Kapi'olani Park Assn., and planned the landscaping of the park.  The stately ironwood trees that adorn Kalakaua Avenue's route through the park were planted under his supervision, as were the grand banyans at Thomas Square.
 
Cleghorn not only beautified Waikiki through his work on the park, but also at his estate, Ainahuau, which he purchased in 1872 for $300.  Inheriting a love of horticulture from his father, Cleghorn lavishly landscaped this parcel, making it the most beautiful private estate in the Hawaiian Islands.  At first he used it as a country retreat.  However, it soon became his family's primary residence, and his stately home on Emma Street was turned over to the Pacific Club, an organization he had joined in 1853 and presided over for 46 years.  As a royal residence in Waikiki, Ainahau was the scene of various parties and entertainments, and visitors such as Robert Louis Stevenson departed the Islands with fond memories of the estate.
 
 Not only a site of pleasant pastimes, these lands also were associated with grief and tragedy.  Here, Princess Likelike died on 2 Feb., 1887 at the age of 36, and 12 years later, in 1899, Cleghorn's daughter Kaiulani, passed away here in the springtime of her life, at the age of 24.  Following her death, Cleghorn led a less active life, although he remained involved in the affairs of Queens Hospital and in 1909 he became its first elected president, a post which previously had been occupied by either the reigning monarch or the territorial governor.
 
Cleghorn died of heart failure at Ainahau on Nov. 1, 1910.  Several months before his death he had witnessed the reinterment of Likelike and Kaiulani into crypts in the Royal Mausoleum.  This event left him "strangely agitated," and some speculated it led to his own demise.  His remains were accorded every official honor of the Territory, and as a drizzling rain drifted down Nu'uana from the Pali, his casket was placed in a crypt next to those of his wife and daughter.  The Pacific Commerical Advertiser editorially described him as "A gentleman of the old school, one who regretted the passing away of the monarch, but who accepted the new condition time brought to the Islands, and lent his aid in helping shape events for the best."
 
Cleghorn's will left Ainahau to the Territory of Hawaii, with the stipulation that it become Kaiulani Park.  Both the 1911 and 1913 legislatures refused this gift, thanks to the efforts of Rep. Archibald S. Robertson, one of the heirs that inherited the land after the park offer was rejected.  The estate was eventually subdivided and sold for residential purposes, which the Pacific Commercial Advertiser found to be "a severe shock to the sentiments."
 
For additional biographical information on A.S. Cleghorn see Pacific Commercial Advertiser, June 18, 1901, pg 5; and Dorothea Woodrum, "Governor Cleghorn, Princess Kaiulani and Ainahau (Honolulu: Island Development Corporation, 1964)

Thanks to Sandra DiNanni for this information


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