THE DEATH OF LUNALILO
Our beloved King died from the night of Tuesday to the day of Wednesday [February 3, 1874], at 8 o’clock and 50 minutes in the evening. 44 hours went by after his birthday, and he died at 39 years old.
His death was quick without a struggle. He died before the alii, Ke alii Pauahai, F. Naea, R. Keelikolani, the Minister of Finance Sterling, Dr. Trousseau (Kauka Palani), and Dr. Oliver.
We visited the Palace and saw the makaainana murmuring about with worried faces, saying, “The King is dead.” The Lahui are sad and grieve over the quick passing of Lunalilo. The Lahui must at once look with hope to his Replacement, the one who will occupy the throne, and there is but one who is fitting, that is Kalakaua.
(Nuhou Hawaii, 2/10/1874, p. 3)