Birthday of the Heir to the Throne.
This coming Sunday, the 10th of January, is the birthday of Prince W. P. Leleiohoku, and he will be twenty years old. He was born on the 10th of January, 1855, on the day of King Kauikeaouli’s funeral, and for that reason, he is called Kalahoolewa. According to what we have heard, the day will be held as a holiday [la hoomanao kulaia]; however, because the day falls on a Sunday, the commemoration will be postponed until Monday, that being the 11th of January this year; and this will be the first time that his birthday will be widely celebrated, for us to give high tribute to the one who is Prince Regent in place of his Brother the King who has left for lands afar. With stirrings of expectation, we are hopeful that this will be a day set aside as a holiday that will be celebrated all over the kingdom appropriately.
[King Kalakaua was away from the Kingdom, travelling to Washington, DC, to secure a reciprocity treaty with the United States. Leleiohoku served as Prince Regent during this period from the Kalakaua’s departure on the morning of 11/17/1874 until his return on the morning of 2/15/1875.
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(Lahui Hawaii, 1/1/1875, p. 2)
Ka Lahui Hawaii, Buke I, Helu 1, Aoao 2. Ianuari 1, 1875.