King David Kalakaua

High Chief David  Laʻamea Kamananakapu Mahinulani Naloiaehuokalani Lumialani Kalakaua was born on November 16, 1836, a son of High Chief Kapaʻakea & the Chiefess Keohokalole,

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

He became king by election on February 12, 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 Kalakaua as the new king.


In 1881, Kalakaua 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, Kalakaua 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.

King Kalakaua married the Chiefess Kapiʻolani, 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.  

In Kalakauaʻs will he had recommended a line of succession naming his wifeʻs nephews, but it was not an official proclamation or a legal line of succession under kingdom law.

Queen Consort Kapiʻolani, wife of Kalakaua
Statue of Robert William Kalanihiapo Wilcox
Queen Kapiʻolani's nephews, H.H. Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaʻole, H.H. Prince David Kawananakoa and H.H. Prince Edward Abnel Keliʻiahonui

On February, 14, 1874 Kalakaua appointed his brother, Prince William Pitt Leleiohoku his successor, but Leleiohoku died on April 9, 1877.  A few days later on April 12, 1877, Kalakaua's sister, Princess Lydia Kamakaʻeha was named heir to the throne.

Prince William Pitt Leleiohoku

 Kalakaua's brother, H.R.H. Prince William Pitt Leleiohoku 

Kalakaua died on January 20, 1891 while he was in San Francisco. Princess Lydia Kamaka'eha ascended the throne on January 29, 1991 and became Queen under the title of Lili'uokalani.