Happy birthday, Kamehameha IV!

Today in history — February 9, 1834 — Happy birthday, King Kamehameha IV! Born Alexander ʻIolani Liholiho, he would eventually become the fourth monarch of Hawaii. Read more how he celebrated his twenty-eighth birthday in “His Majesty’s Birthday.”

“His Majesty’s Birthday”
Polynesian, February 15, 1862, Image 2

Hawaii’s First Movie Night

Today in history — February 5, 1897 — the first motion pictures were shown for the first time in Hawaii at the Opera house. Advertisements proclaimed, “It produces life!” “It baffles analysis!” and “It amazes all!” Read more about it in “First Night at the Movies.”

First Night at the Movies

A Chinese Marries a Japanese: A Rare Occurrence in Hawaii in 1907

Interracial marriages are accepted in Hawaii today, but it wasn’t always like that. In 1907, a Chinese man married a Japanese widow in Honolulu. The judge remembered only one other case in which a Chinese person married a Japanese. Read more about it in “Chinese Marries Japanese Widow.”

“Chinese Marries Japanese Widow”
The Pacific commercial advertiser, October 12, 1907, Image 1

Princess Likelike’s Death

Today in history — February 2, 1887 — Princess Likelike, the mother of Princess Victoria Kaiulani, died at age 36. Afterwards, she was lying in state in the throne room of Iolani Palace:

“In the center, resting upon a catafalque, … lay the body of the deceased Princess clad in a robe of spotless satin, whose snowy folds depended over a pall of yellow plush, bordered with blue of a similar material. Her white gloved hands were crossed upon her bosom in an attitude of resignation. The shadeless hue of the garment she wore was scarcely relieved by the pallid countenance, which was marked by an expression of peaceful tranquility, the head resting upon a pillow of white satin.”

Read more about it in “Lying in State.”

“Lying in State”
The Pacific commercial advertiser., February 04, 1887, Image 3

Lili’uokalani Becomes the Queen

Princess Regent Lili’uokalani Source: Wikimedia.org

Today in history — January 29, 1891 — After King Kalakaua’s body arrived in Honolulu Harbor from San Francisco, Princess Regent Lili’uokalani became Her Majesty Queen Lili’uokalani, the eighth ruling monarch of the Kingdom of Hawaii.

Read more about it in “Proclamation” and “Resolutions and the Privy Council.”

“Proclamation” and “Resolutions and the Privy Council”
The Daily bulletin, January 30, 1891, Image http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn82016412/1891-01-30/ed-1/seq-2/

King Kalakaua’s Homecoming

The USS Charleston

This week in history — January 29, 1891 — Hundreds of spectators crowded on Honolulu Harbor, chattering among themselves, to greet King Kalakaua, who was returning from San Francisco. The USS Charleston sailed to the harbor, and the crowd waited for the Merrie Monarch to exit the ship. But rather, naval officers in blue jackets carried a casket onto the harbor, and the news quickly spread: The King has died!

Read more about it in “Returned to Rest.”

“Returned to Rest: King Kalakaua’s Body Landed from the ‘Charleston’”
The Daily bulletin, January 30, 1891, Image 3

Captain Cook’s Contact with Native Hawaiians

This week in history — January 18, 1778 — Captain James Cook and his crew sailed past Oahu and a few days later landed at Waimea, Kauai. While the Native Hawaiians initially welcomed the British explorer and his crew as gods,

“… a difficulty arose between Captain Cook and the Chief of the island, and the brave navigator lost his life at the hands of the savages. It was a most unfortunate affair for science, for when Cook fell the whole world was called to mourn the loss of one of its greatest captains and discoverers.”

Agree with this depiction and labeling Hawaiians as “savages”? Read more about it in “Captain Cook.”

“Captain Cook: The Story of the Discovery of Hawaii”
The Hawaiian gazette., August 22, 1893, Page 5, Image 5


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