King Kamehameha III’s Funeral

Today in history — December 15, 1854 — King Kamehameha III died. During his reign, he initiated the Great Mahele and oversaw the Westernization of Hawaii. The Hawaiian Kingdom mourned his death and held a grand funeral for him at Iolani Palace, complete with processions, black kahili, feather cloaks, and a glit crown.

Read more about it in “Funeral of Kamehameha III.”

“Funeral of His Late Majesty: Kamehameha III”
Polynesian, January 13, 1855, Page 142, Image 2
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Hawaiian Islands for Sale?

This month in history — December 1854 — King Kamehameha III was rumored to offer to sell the Hawaiian islands to the United States. The price: a pension of $300,000 (about $7.5 million today) per year. The Grand River Times from Michigan’s newspaper commented,

That these islands will eventually be incorporated into our Union is beyond a question, but not on such exorbitant and indefinite terms.–There is a possibility, if not a probability, that the heir ‘apparent’ may live fifty years, and it is scarcely to be supposed that our Government would lay itself liable to give him twelve times the salary of the President during this period.

Read more about this rumor in “Purchase of the Sandwich Islands.”

“Purchase of the Sandwich Islands”
Grand River times, December 20, 1854, Image 1
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Sun Yat-Sen in Honolulu

This month in history–November 12, 1866–Iolani School graduate Sun Yat-Sen (孫中山) was born in Cuiheng, China. The first president of China grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii, and attended Oahu College (Punahou School) and Iolani School.

Read more about his developing years in “He Is a Honolulu Boy.”

“He Is a Honolulu Boy”
The Hawaiian star, November 21, 1896, Image 1
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The Apology Resolution

Today in history–Nov. 23, 1993–US President Bill Clinton signed the “Apology Resolution.” United States Public Law 103-150 apologized on behalf of the United States for its role in the overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy.

Read about Hawaii becoming the fiftieth state: “Statehood.”

Statehood
https://hdnpblog.wordpress.com/historical-articles/statehood/


King Kalakaua’s Somber Birthday

Happy Birthday, King Kalakaua! Today in history–November 16, 1917–Honolulu quietly observed his birthday while mourning the death of his sister Queen Liliuokalani. Kalakaua might be no more, but the “Merry Monarch’s” legacy through hula and boat races live on.

Read more about it in “King Kalakaua’s Birthday Today.”

“King Kalakaua’s Birthday Today”
Honolulu star-bulletin, Nov. 16, 1917, Page 2
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Tribute to the Last Hawaiian Monarch

100 years ago today — November 11, 1917 — Queen Liliuokalani died. Dressed in a holoku of borcaded duchesse satin trimmed with rose-point lace, her body rested in state on a yellow-draped koa table in Kawaiahao Church. Hundreds of people went to pay tribute to Hawaii’s former head of state.

Read more about it in “Body of Hawaii’s Queen Rests in State.”

“Body of Hawaii’s Queen Rests in State”
Honolulu star-bulletin, November 13, 1917, Image 2
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Prince Kuhio Ordered to Leave

This week in history – November 1903 — Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole and his wife were  asked to leave a theatre box because he was a “negro.” Read more about it in “Kuhio Ordered from Theater Box.”

“Kuhio Ordered from Theater Box”
Pacific commercial advertiser, November 14, 1903, Page 8, Image 9
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