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H.M. King Kalākaua


King Kalākaua married the Chiefess Kapi'olani, but had no children. He issued the titles of Prince to his wife's nephew's, David Kawananakoa, Kuhio Kalanianaole and Edward Keli'iahonui and became very fond of them.


His Majesty King David Kalākaua was named David  Laʻamea Kamananakapu Mahinulani Naloiaehuokalani Lumialani Kalākaua and was born on November 16, 1836, a son of High Chief Kapaʻakea & the Chiefess Keohokālole.

 Kalākaua was officially eligible for the throne declared by HM King Kamehameha III and was entered in the Chiefs' Children's School.  

He became king by election on February 13, 1874 under the Hawaiian constitutional law when the throne was left vacant after the death of King Lunalilo . The other proclaimed candidate from the eligible members to the throne was the Queen Dowager Emma Rooke, granddaughter of Kealiʻimaikaʻi (Kamehameha's brother). The controversial election resulted in an uproar of Queen Emma's supporters, comprised by the majority of the Hawaiian people. The Marines from American & British vessels were called to restore civil order and eventually Queen Emma acknowledged Kalākaua as the new king.


In 1881, Kalākaua went on tour of the world to visit the heads of state of which he was royally received. He was a 33rd degree Masonic member and Knights Templar, who built the grand replacement of ʻIolani Palace.  


 In 1887, Kalākaua was forced by death to sign the "Bayonet Constitution", restricting him of his powers which eventually led to the downfall of the kingdom, when his sister who became Queen drafted a new Constitution to replace it.


Queen Kapiʻolani's nephews, Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole, Prince David Kawananakoa, Prince Edward Abnel Keliʻiahonui

Queen Consort Kapiʻolani, wife of Kalakaua

On February, 14, 1874 Kalākaua appointed his brother, Prince William Pitt Leleiohoku his successor, but Leleiohoku died on April 9, 1877.  The day after on April 10, 1877, Kalākaua's sister, Princess Lydia Kamakaʻeha was named heir to the throne.


 Kalākaua's brother, Prince William Pitt Leleiohoku

H.M. King Kalākaua died on January 20, 1891 while he was in San Francisco. Princess Lydia Kamakaʻeha ascended the throne on January 29, 1991 and became Queen under the title of Liliʻuokalani.

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