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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