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

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