I first learned about Princess Ka’iulani when I was researching pikake flowers. Having just returned from a family trip to Waikiki, I had fallen head over heals for the flower. As it turns out, so had Princess Ka’iulani, who is credited with giving the flower its Hawaiian name, which also means peacock, after the peacocks that lived in her garden. When looking further into the life of this inspirational woman, I was amazed by her story. She was incredibly powerful and strong. She loved her country, Hawaii and at age 17 she began her fight to keep the US from what she saw as overthrowing her government by annexing Hawaii as a state. She made trips to Washington DC in an effort to beg the president to consider her government legal. At age 23, it is said she died of a broken heart when Hawaii finally became a state of the US. Princess Ka’iulani is a hero. She is revered as a person who fought for her beliefs. And she is one of the great women in history. Everyone who travels to her "country" should know her story. It is in honor of her that I created the scent Waikiki Pikake.