Prince Albert Kunuiakea Died

Today in history — March 10, 1903 — Kamehameha III’s son, Prince Albert Kunuiakea, died in a house. His body was interred at the Royal Mausoleum in Nuuanu with the Kamehameha family. Considered the heir presumptive, Kunuiakea served in the House of Representatives of Hawaii during the Provisional Government’s rule. Read more about it in “Prince Kunuiakea Joins the Majority.”

“Prince Kunuiakea Joins the Majority: Last of the Kamehameha Heirs to Hawaii’s Throne Will Be Buried Sunday in the Royal Mausoleum in Nuuanu”
The Hawaiian gazette, March 13, 1903, Page 2
http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn83025121/1903-03-13/ed-1/seq-2/

Advertisements

The Genesis of the Honolulu Fire Department

This week in history–December 27, 1850–King Kamehameha III established the Honolulu Fire Department. Famous firefighters would include modern baseball inventor Alexander Cartwright and King David Kalakaua.

Read more about it in “The Genesis of a Fire Department.”

The Genesis of a Fire Department
Pacific commercial advertiser, November 28, 1909, Image 9
http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85047084/1909-11-28/ed-1/seq-9/


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
http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn82015408/1855-01-13/ed-1/seq-2/


Hawaiian Islands for Sale?

This month in history — December 1854 — King Kamehameha III was rumored to offer to sell the Hawaiian islands to the United States. The price: a pension of $300,000 (about $7.5 million today) per year. The Grand River Times from Michigan’s newspaper commented,

That these islands will eventually be incorporated into our Union is beyond a question, but not on such exorbitant and indefinite terms.–There is a possibility, if not a probability, that the heir ‘apparent’ may live fifty years, and it is scarcely to be supposed that our Government would lay itself liable to give him twelve times the salary of the President during this period.

Read more about this rumor in “Purchase of the Sandwich Islands.”

“Purchase of the Sandwich Islands”
Grand River times, December 20, 1854, Image 1
http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85026466/1854-12-20/ed-1/seq-1/