King Kalakaua’s address in English, 1874.

[Found under: “THE ROYAL BIRTH-DAY.”]

My People: On this the first anniversary of my birth-day occurring after my accession to the Throne, I have thought it fit and proper that it should be made a day of national thanksgiving to the Almighty God, for His many mercies and blessings to us as a people; and, as it occurs on the eve of my undertaking a long journey to a far country, that you may also on this day implore the Divine protection for me in my absence, and a blessing on my mission. Continue reading


King Kalakaua’s stirring address to his people on his 38th birthday, 1874.

[Found under: “La Hanau o ka Moi ma Honolulu.”]


I take this day, that being my birthday, to thank the Powerful One for the blessings of our lives as this year nears its close. And also, the time is near for My travels to the foreign lands in search of benefits for the industries of our nation is quickly upon us; I seize this time now to express my Aloha for all of you, my makaainana.

I am leaving to carry out what was recently decided in the Legislative session. Continue reading

A mele for Kalakaua, 1874.

A Song for the King.

(This below is a mele sung by the students of the school run by the Catholic Roman Nuns, before the Alii, the King, when He went to see them on this past Sunday, February 22.)

Tune.—Par la voix du canon d’alarmes.

O ka Moi e noho nei
O Kalakaua ia;
Mai ke Kiekie mai
Kona lei, kona mana.

E kuokoa mau
Kona Aupuni a mau loa’ku.

Oluolu ka noho ana,
Pomaikai kakou,
Na keiki me na makua,
Malalo o kona malu.

E kuokoa mau, &c.

Like pu ka helehelena,
Aole he olelo e,
Ka olelo a na kupuna
Ko kakou makemake.

E kuokoa mau, &c.

Mamalahoa kanawai
E kau mau no ia,
Mai Hilo a Kauai
I ko ka Moi aloha.

E kuokoa mau, &c.

Ola ko kakou aina
Mai na kupuna mai,
Ola ia Kalakaua
I ko kakou Alii.

E kuokoa mau, &c.

Mai kanalua kakou
Na ‘Lii me na kanaka,
I hookahi ka naau,
I hookahi ke aloha.

E kuokoa mau
Ko kakou Moi o ke one hanau.

(Ko Hawaii Ponoi, 3/4/1874, p. 1)

He Mele no ka Moi.

Ko Hawaii Ponoi, Buke I, Helu 37 [38], Aoao 1. Maraki 4, 1874.