Princess Kaiulani’s Funeral

Today in history — March 12, 1899 — thousands of people visited Princess Kaiulani’s body in Kawaiahao Church to see her one last time. After the funeral service, a procession went from King Street to the Mausoleum, and 25,000 people watched the hearse surrounded by carriages pass by. Military men, clergies, pall bearers, kahili bearers, and torch bearers followed. In the Royal Mausoleum, Princess Kaiulani was laid to rest with her mother Princess Likelike.

Read more about it in “Princess Kaiulani Is Laid to Rest.”

“Princess Kaiulani Is Laid to Rest”
The Hawaiian star, March 13, 1899, Image 1


Princess Kaiulani’s Death

Today in history — March 6, 1899 — Princess Kaiulani died at age 23 in her Ainahau home. Sadness enclosed Hawaii. Many spoke of Kaiulani as gentle, generous, gracious, and unassuming. A stream of carriages visited her home, and family and friends mourned with her father Archibald Scott Cleghorn and brought flowers. Government building flags flew half-mast. Read more about it in “Day of Sorrow.”

“Day of Sorrow: All Grieved to Learn of Kaiulani’s Death”
Pacific commercial advertiser, March 7, 1899, Image 1

Kaiulani’s Guardian, Theo H. Davies Died

Today in history — May 25, 1898 — Theophilus Harris Davies, a British businessman and guardian of Princess Victoria Kaiulani, died.

As the namesake of a Big Five company in Hawaii, “Theo” directed and owned Theo H. Davies & Co.

As Princess Kaiulani’s guardian, Theo accompanied the kingdom’s heir apparent when she studied in England for four years and traveled around the United States. During the latter after the Hawaiian Monarchy’s overthrow, Theo watched Kaiulani deliver impassioned speeches about her people losing their monarchy and disprove her reputation as the “Barbarian Princess.”

In her last living years, the royal bachelorette faced rumors about marriage engagements with Theo’s sons: Theophilus Clive Davies and George Davies.

In 1898, Theo suddenly left the princess through death, two years before hers.

Read more about Theo’s life in  “Mr. T. H. Davies.”

“Mr. T. H. Davies: Sad News of His Sudden Death in England”
The Hawaiian gazette, June 3, 1898, Page 4

Princess Kaiulani Named Successor to the Throne

This month in history — March 9, 1891 — Queen Liliuokalani proclaimed her niece Princess Kaiulani the successor to the Hawaiian throne. Outside, the Hawaiian battery and U.S. warships fired a royal salute. In the streets of Honolulu, heralds shouted in Hawaiian and English that Kaiulani is the heir apparent.

Read more about it in “The Succession: Princess Kaiulani Proclaimed Successor to the Hawaiian Throne.”

“The Succession: Princess Kaiulani Proclaimed Successor to the Hawaiian Throne”
The Daily bulletin, March 9, 1891