Posted: August 12, 2017 Filed under: Articles, Day in History, government, Interviews, Iolani Palace, Kingdom of Hawaii, Liliuokalani, Profiles, Royalty, Teasers, U.S. Annexation, U.S. History
Today in history — August 12, 1898 — people gathered at Iolani Palace to celebrate the “U.S. annexation” of Hawaii. U.S. troops came ashore from Honolulu Harbor. But Queen Lili’uokalani was nowhere to be seen.
Instead, dressed in black in the Washington Place mansion, she and her family members and loyalists mourned losing their Kingdom, as she explained to newspaper reporter Alice Rix in an interview:
Alice Rix: “I thought perhaps you would go away—into the country.”
Queen Lili’uokalani: “Why? I came here to be near my people—to show them how to meet this. It has come upon us together—you understand? Together. I am not alone. My people lose their country; they lose their identity. Should I run away and shut my eyes and my ears when so many of them had to remain here in their homes? My home is also here, in Honolulu [Washington Place]. It gives us all courage to think of others. I remembered my people this day and they remembered me. We bore our trouble together. I did not leave my house….”
Read more about it in “How the Ex-queen Passed the Twelfth of August.”
“How the Ex-queen Passed the Twelfth of August.”
The San Francisco call, August 28, 1898, Image 17
Posted: July 26, 2017 Filed under: Articles, Day in History, Kingdom of Hawaii, Liliuokalani, Royalty, Teasers
This month in history — July 1902 — Liliuokalani hosted a musicale and reception at the Ebbitt House in Washington, D.C. Guests included representatives and senators. Large palms and flowers decorated the rooms, and the orchestra played Hawaiian music.
Read more about this reception in “Music and Song for Her Invited Guests.”
“Music and Song for Her Invited Guests”
Hawaiian gazette, July 29, 1910, Page 7
Posted: July 11, 2017 Filed under: Articles, Day in History, Deaths, Kapiolani, Kingdom of Hawaii, Royalty, Teasers
This month in history — July 4, 1899 — Queen Kapiolani’s funeral. Flowers and kahili decorated Kawaiahao Church, and it was “crowded to its utmost.” To the organ’s melody, choirs sang solemn funeral selections such as Handel’s Largo.
To read more about the funeral of King Kalakaua’s wife, read “Passing of the Queen Dowager.”
The Hawaiian gazette, July 5, 1899, Image 1
Posted: June 19, 2017 Filed under: Articles, Day in History, Emma, Kamehameha IV, Kingdom of Hawaii, Teasers
Today in history–June 19, 1856–King Kamehameha IV married Emma Rooke. In a ceremony conducted in both Hawaiian and English, they exchanged their vows in front of 3,000 people and did something different:
“The kneeling of the royal bridegroom and his bride before the altar and exchanging their vows before the audience was so different from the simple custom usually observed here in marriage…”
Read more about this wedding in the article “Marriage: Of His Majesty Kamehameha IV.”
“Marriage: Of His Majesty Kamehameha IV”
Pacific commercial advertiser, July 2, 1856, Image 2
Posted: June 3, 2017 Filed under: Articles, Day in History, Kingdom of Hawaii, Teasers
This week in history — June 1893 — the Provisional Government converted Iolani Palace from a Hawaiian royalty residence to a government building.
A few months after the overthrow, Iolani Palace was now called the “Executive Building” for the Republic of Hawaii. Government offices moved in, redesigned the interior, and auctioned off the furniture and furnishings:
The old carved table upon which the bodies of the Kamehamehas were laid out after death was seen standing in the walk on the Ewa side of the building. It was tabu to the natives around the premises, and none of them would go near it or touch it. They did not seem to have the same fear of the tabu lately laid upon ‘the ex-queen’s palace’ by the kahunas to keep the haoles out …
Read more about it in “At the Capitol.”
The Hawaiian gazette, June 6, 1893, Page 3
Posted: May 20, 2017 Filed under: Articles, Birthdays, Day in History, Emma, Kamehameha IV, Kingdom of Hawaii, Lasts, Prince Albert, Royalty, Teasers
Happy birthday, Prince Albert Kamehameha! The last child born from a reigning Hawaiian monarch entered the world with fanfare on May 20, 1858. A gun salute was heard around Honolulu. Raised flags and colorful streamers festooned homes and businesses. At Iolani Palace, children visited the newborn with gifts, including a baby carriage with an embroidered pillow and three silk flags.
Read more about the prince in “Prince Albert Kamehameha.”
Prince Albert Kamehameha