King Kalakaua’s Silverware for Sale

This month in history — March 1916 — King Kalakaua’s silver knife and spoon and other “Hawaiian trinkets” were seen at a Los Angeles grocery window. The flatware was reportedly engraved with the monarch’s coat of arms.

Twenty-three years before after the overthrow of the Hawaiian Monarchy in 1893, royal heirlooms were sold off. Their whereabouts were unknown, and they included furniture, jewelry, fine China, sterling flatware, and paintings.

Read more about it in “Trinkets from Hawaii in Los Angeles Store Delight Street Goers.”

“Trinkets from Hawaii in Los Angeles Store Delight Street Goers”
Honolulu star-bulletin, March 22, 1916, Page 4
http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn82014682/1916-03-22/ed-1/seq-4/

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Pau Hana for Hawaii’s Sugar King

This week in history  — December 26, 1908 — Hawaii’s “sugar king,” Claus Spreckels, died after a brief illness. As one of the ten richest Americans, Spreckels dominated the sugar industries on the U.S. West Coast and in Hawaii from mid-1800s until his death. In Hawaii, he owned a plantation town, Spreckelsville, Maui; and incorporated Hawaiian Commercial and Sugar Company (HC&S).

Today, the name “Matson” is synonymous with Hawaii’s shipping industry–a lifeline for the world’s most isolated population center. In its early years, Spreckels financed William Matson’s ships for his new shipping company.

Spreckels gave loans and bribes to King Kalakaua and cabinet members. In return, Spreckels got land and water rights. The water rights for the Northeast Maui streams included complete ownership and control over the water. He irrigated the water to Spreckelsville plantation.

Read more about the “sugar king” in “Hardy Pioneer and Benefactor of State Died.”

“Hardy Pioneer and Benefactor of State Died”
The San Francisco call, Dec. 27, 1908, Page 18
http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85066387/1908-12-27/ed-1/seq-18/


King Kalakaua’s Happy Returns

Happy Birthday David Laʻamea Kalakaua!

Entering the world near the Punchbowl Crater, the last king of Hawaii reigned from February 12, 1874 through January 20, 1891. The “Merrie Monarch” was known for throwing big parties for the entire kingdom and played an instrumental role in reviving Native Hawaiian arts, including hula. After his year-round trip in 1881, Kalakaua became the first king to travel around the world.

Read about how Kalakaua celebrated his fiftieth birthday in “King Kalakaua’s Silver Jubilee.”

King Kalakaua’s Silver Jubilee
https://hdnpblog.wordpress.com/historical-articles/king-kalakauas-silver-jubilee/


The Kapiʻolani Home for Girls

Today in history — November 9, 1885 — Queen Kapiʻolani and King Kalakaua dedicated the Kapiʻolani Home for Girls. The Pacific Commercial Advertiser described the scene at the ceremony:

“Prompt at 11 o’clock their Majesties the King and Queen, accompanied by … the Royal Family, .. were received by Vice Chamberlain, the Queen’s own saluting in a soldierlike manner.

“… the royal anthem [was] being played by the [Royal Hawaiian Band].

“… The room was tastefully decorated with palms, evergreen wreaths and flowers. A large picture of Queen Kapiolani … was hung in the center of the room, surrounded by wreaths.”

For the next fifty-three years, this charity would help daughters of leprosy victims.

Read more about it in “Kapiolani Home.”

“Kapiolani Home: Formal Dedication of the Building by Her Majesty the Queen”
Pacific commercial advertiser, November 10, 1885, Image 2
http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85047084/1885-11-10/ed-1/seq-2/


The Merrie Monarch Returned

Today in history — October 29, 1881 — King Kalakaua returned from his nine-month trip around the world as the first monarch to ever travel around the globe.

He traveled through the continental United States, Europe, Southeast Asia , and East Asia. Kalakaua met heads of states including U.S. President Chester A. Arthur, Queen Victoria of England, Pope Leo XIII, the Emperor of Japan.

Read about his trip in “King Kalakaua Travels Around the World.”

King Kalakaua Travels Around the World
https://hdnpblog.wordpress.com/historical-articles/king-kalakauas-travels-around-the-world/


King Kamehameha Statue

If you’ve ever rode down S. King St. in downtown Honolulu, chances are you have seen the Kamehameha statue in front of Aliiolani Hale.

On February 14, 1883, King Kalakaua would unveil the statue, which was covered with a Hawaiian flag and a royal standard, with the band playing, and the military.

Read more about the ceremony in “Unveiling of the Statue of Kamehameha I.”

“Unveiling of the Statue of Kamehameha I”
Pacific commercial advertiser, Feb. 17, 1883, Page 2
http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn82015418/1883-02-17/ed-1/seq-2/