The Lanai Earthquake

Today in history — February 19, 1871 — The Lanai Earthquake rocked Hawaii with a magnitude of 6.8 at 10:11 p.m. This earthquake caused the most damage to buildings of all recorded Hawaii earthquakes. An “attentive” correspondent wrote about experiencing the earthquake:

“[The earthquake] commenced with a dull roaring noise, accompanied by a violent rocking of the earth, increasing to a louder roar and a lively rattle of things generally, and finally subsided with a low rumbling sound. … my house was fearfully shaken. The vibrations were from south to north.

Read more about the earthquake’s effects in “The Earthquake on Molokai.”

“The Earthquake on Molokai”
The Pacific commercial advertiser., March 04, 1871, Image 3
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Valentine’s Day in 1916

Valentine’s Day in 1916 meant afternoon and evening parties in Honolulu. Read about it in “Many Valentine Parties in Celebration of Happy Day.”

“Many Valentine Parties in Celebration of Happy Day”
Honolulu star-bulletin, February 14, 1916, SPORTS, CLASSIFIED AND SHIPPING, Page 12, Image 4
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King Kalakaua’s Ascension

Today in history — February 12, 1885 — Kalakaua became the King of Hawaii. During a couple of the anniversaries of his reign, instead of celebrating at home, King Kalakaua was traveling in the U.S. Mainland or on the Pacific Ocean to Yokohama, Japan. Read more about what he did during these anniversaries in “God Save the King.”

“God Save the King”
The Pacific commercial advertiser., February 12, 1885, Image 2
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King William Charles Lunalilo’s Death

Today in history — February 3, 1874 — King William Charles Lunalilo died in his bedchamber, surrounded by the royal family. After his death, wailings were heard across Hawaii. The next night, hundreds of people gathered at Lunalilo’s home. Read more about it in “Death of the King.”

“The Death of the King”
Pacific commercial advertiser, February 7, 1874, Image 2
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First Taxi Cab in Hawaii

This month in history — January 1914 — Hawaii’s first taxis debuted in Honolulu. Prominent citizens rode in the seven taxi cabs, and the cabs, all Ford models, paraded through the main streets.

“Call a taxi!,” the Honolulu Star-Bulletin exclaimed. “Whether it be a trip round the island, a jaunt to the Pali or a ride about town–call a taxi.”

Read more about it in “Taxicab Company Opens for Business Here”!

“Taxicab Company Opens for Business Here”
Honolulu star-bulletin, January 24, 1914, Page 5
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Prince Kuhio Arrested in Washington D.C. for “Disorderly Conduct”

This month in history — January 1904 — Hawaii congressional delegate Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole said policemen in Washington D.C. hit him from behind, tackled him to ground, and arrested him for “disorderly conduct” in a billiard saloon. But they said the Hawaiian prince was arguing with a man, they told him to quiet down, and he told them he was a congressional delegate and acted abusively.

Which side do you believe? Read more about it in “Kuhio’s Account of His Arrest.”

“Kuhio’s Account of His Arrest.”
The Hawaiian star, January 22, 1904, Image 1
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King Kalakaua’s Death

Today in history — January 21, 1891 — King Kalakaua died at the Palace Hotel, San Francisco.

In December 1890, King Kalakaua took his last trip to San Francisco, never to see home again. A doctor recommended the ill king to seek medical treatment in San Francisco, California. Unfortunately, Kalakaua’s health worsened, and he died of Bright’s disease.

Read about the Hawaiian Kingdom’s bereavement in “King Kalakaua Dead.”

“King Kalakaua Dead”
Hawaiian gazette, February 3, 1891, Image 1
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