Posted: February 14, 2019 Filed under: Day in History, Kalakaua, Teasers
Today in history — February 14, 1883 — King Kalakaua unveiled the King Kamehameha I statue. Wearing a Hawaiian flag and a royal standard, the statue stood in front of Aliiolani Hale across from Iolani Palace.
As the hundreds of spectators watched, the Royal Hawaiian Band played the Kingdom’s pieces, and the military stood in attention.
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
Posted: January 21, 2018 Filed under: Articles, Day in History, Deaths, Kalakaua, Kingdom of Hawaii, Royalty, Teasers
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
Posted: November 16, 2017 Filed under: Articles, Birthdays, Day in History, Kalakaua, Teasers
Happy Birthday, King Kalakaua! Today in history–November 16, 1917–Honolulu quietly observed his birthday while mourning the death of his sister Queen Liliuokalani. Kalakaua might be no more, but the “Merry Monarch’s” legacy through hula and boat races live on.
Read more about it in “King Kalakaua’s Birthday Today.”
“King Kalakaua’s Birthday Today”
Honolulu star-bulletin, Nov. 16, 1917, Page 2
Posted: March 1, 2017 Filed under: Day in History, Iolani Palace, Kalakaua, Kingdom of Hawaii
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
Posted: December 27, 2016 Filed under: Articles, Day in History, Deaths, Events, Kalakaua, News, Newspaper History, Pacific Commercial Advertiser, Royalty, Teasers, U.S. History
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
Posted: November 16, 2016 Filed under: Birthdays, Day in History, Kalakaua, Kingdom of Hawaii, Royalty, Teasers, Topic Guides
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
Posted: November 9, 2016 Filed under: Articles, Day in History, Kalakaua, Kapiolani, Kingdom of Hawaii, Royalty, Teasers | Tags: Kapiolani
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