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The Sprucing up of Some Buildings on the Palace Grounds:–Some of the buildings on our Palace Grounds are being refurbished again, they being the building called Ihikapukalani and the one called Hoihoikeea, under the management of the King’s Chamberlain [Kalakaua]. We were pleased to meet with him and with his interesting conversation with us.
The King is in fine health, He is at Hoihoikea Hale [Hoihoikeea Hale]. In the middle of the day this past Thursday, He met with his Ministers at Iolani Palace [Iolani Hale Alii].
Her Highness Princess Kamamalu is in good health; she is living at Haimoeipo.
His Highness M. Kekuanaoa K. G. C. K. remains fine; he can be found traveling about in the early morning by foot or by carriage. This past Wednesday morning, he went to Kakaoko [variant? of Kakaako] to build the stone pillar of the House of Keauiaole.
The Dowager Queen K. Hakaleleponi is in very good health. She is living at her residence Haimoeipo.
The King is in good health; these days he resides at Hale Hoikea*, on the Royal Grounds of Iolani Hale. In the evening of Tuesday, He went to Helumoa, Waikiki, and returned that very evening to town. On Wednesday morning at 11:30, He boarded the American warship Lancaster docked at port. A twenty-one gun salute was given while the Sailors on the ship manned the yards,** and when he left, a 21-gun salute was given once more. The Alii who accompanied the King on this journey to see the warship were, Hon. Col. J. O. Dominis K. C. Governor of Oahu, Hon. C. C. Harris Minister of Finance, Hon. C. Kapaakea K. C., and Col. Prendergast messenger of His Highness Kekuanaoa.
Her Highness V. K. Kamamalu is a bit sickly these days. His Highness M. Kekuanaoa K. G. C. is in good health.
The Queen Dowager.
The Dowager Queen is in good health, she goes carriage riding every morning.
*Hoikea, the residence of the Kings since Kamehameha III on the grounds of the Palace, is also seen as Hoihoikeea, and Hoihoikea.