Thurston and Kalaniana'ole have to be two of the oddest political allies in American History. Thurston led a movement of missionary descendants which overthrew the duly elected constitutional monarchy and helped reconstruct it into a government run by his peers. They passed laws disenfranchising most of the Native Hawai’ians. He became a wealthy and influential man.
Prince Kuhio Kalaniana'ole, the designated heir to the throne plotted for the overthrow of the government formed by the “Bayonet Constitution” and was convicted of treason and sentenced to death. He and the other plotters were given clemency and a year in prison. On his release, the Prince went to England and joined the British army, fighting in the Boer War in South Africa. When he returned to Hawai’i he joined the Home Rule Party, ran for election and served ten terms as Hawai’i’s non-voting delegate in the U.S. Congress. Without voting power Prince Kuhio developed a poker table strategy. He rented space for a men's club near the Capitol and, with his wife providing refreshments, hosted Congressmen for poker games. It is my belief that the success of Prince Kuhio was largely accomplished at the poker table and through his hard work with congressional committees. He died at age 51, probably from a heart attack, and is buried with the other bygone royals on Oahu.