King Kalakaua’s expected treatment in the United States, 1874.

To King Kalakaua will go the honor of being the first ruling monarch to travel to the Nation of the United States of America since it was established as a nation. He will meet with a very grand reception greater than anyone else who has gone there.

When the battleship Benecia enters the entrance of the Golden Gate with the Hawaiian Flag waving in the wind on it central mast, it will be given a salute from the nation of the United States of America by the guns of the forts of Pine and Alcatraz when it passes before each of them. And should there be no obstructions or accidents, perhaps General Schofield [Sekofila], the Commander of the U. S. Forces in the division of the Pacific will meet and welcome Him in the name of the President, at a Hotel which he deems as fitting for the honor of the Monarch to spend the night. General Schofield appeared amongst us in the early months of Lunalilo reign. The length of their stay in San Francisco is not clear, but from what is known, it will not be for many days. Continue reading

King Kalakaua leaves for America, 1874.

The Alii, the King, boarded the battleship Benecia at 10 oʻclock and 30 minutes on the morning of this past Tuesday [11/17/1874] to go to the United States of America. When he reached the wharf, seaside of Halemahoe, it was an awesome sight; the seeing off by his subjects of the King on his travels to foreign lands. The people crowded together to shake his hand, give gifts, kiss his hand, and chant his name songs, but the King did not dawdle. When the skiff came by for him, accompanied by the Prince Regent [Kahu Aupuni] and the attendants, the sailors of the battleships Tenedos, Scout, and Benecia climbed the yard, and as the skiff moved on, the battery of Ainahou and the two British battleships each gave a 21 gun salute,— Continue reading