Kalakaua, the firemen’s king! 1875.

Burning of the Ship Emerald.—At half-past two o’clock on Monday morning an alarm of fire was sounded by the watchmen in the bell-tower, which proved to be for the ship Emerald, at anchor in the roadstead. Fire brigades, about two hundred officers and men, were immediately dispatched from the Pensacola in port, which took off two or three of the patent fire extinguishers. The city firemen also turned out promptly, with their machines, hose carts and ladders, ready to assist whenever ordered. At early dawn, the ship was towed into the harbor alongside the steamboat wharf, where the firemen and engines could get access to her. The fire was first discovered soon after midnight, but when the naval force reached the ship the hole was so full of smoke that the fire extinguishers could could not be successfully applied, and little could be done towards checking the fire until the engines could be brought to bear on it. From six oʻclock, the firemen, mariners and citizens worked faithfully till after noon, when the fire was apparently subdued, and the firemen returned home. Continue reading

Na olelo ponoi o Kalani Kalakaua ma kona la hanau, 1874.

“Aloha oukou:

Ua lawe mai au i keia la, oia hoi kuu la hanau, i la hoomaikai i ka Mea Mana, no na pomaikai o ko kakou ola kino a kokoke i ka puni o keia makahiki. A ano ka mea hoi, ke kokoke mai nei ka manawa o Ko’u holo ana aku i na aina e, e imi i ka pomaikai o na hana nui a ko kakou aupuni; ua puili ae au i keia wa, e hai aku i Ko’u aloha ia oukou e na makaainana.

Ke hele nei au e hooko aku i ka mea a ke kau Ahaolelo i hooholo iho nei.

He mea mau iloko o na moolelo kahiko o na aupuni a me ko keia wa no hoi, ke kaahele ana o na Aimoku iloko o kekahi mau aupuni e aku, e imi ana no i pomaikai lahui iho. Continue reading

A beautiful Figgs composition for his brother Leleiohoku, 1872.

Kuu Lei Lilia.

Melody—Lordly! Lordly! Swell.

Oi ala kuu Lei Lilia,
O nei ano ahiahi,
He nanahe ke pili ia,
Me ka lau lahilahi.

Oia ala ka’u kaunu,
I ke kai wa malino,
He welo na ka hae kalaunu,
E kohu ai nei kino.

A he wai kapi i ka pali,
Wai kili huna a ka manu,
Na ka iwi polena i hali,
Wai laahia o ka hanu.

E ke anu koni nei,
E ka hau kololio,
Owau ka i punihei,
I ka ia la hokio.

Auhea wale ana oe,
Ke oho maiewa o ka palai,
Ua pulu i ka ua noe,
Ke luhe nei la i ka wai.

He iniki olu ka ia ‘la,
E lokuloku i ka ili,
He meheu no ka io, a mala,
Lehiwa wale hoi ke pili.

Nawai oi ala e piliwi,
He kale na ka ale loa,
He pipi kaulua na kiwi,
He uli na ka heepuloa.

E hoi no au e pili,
Me ka lai o ke kaona,
I wai kilihe i ka ili,
Ka wahine o Kaiona.

(He inoa no Leleiohoku.)  Figgs

(Au Okoa, 1/25/1872, p. 1)

Kuu Lei Lilia.

Ke Au Okoa, Buke VII, Helu 41, Aoao 1. Ianuari 25, 1872.

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.”]

“ALOHA TO YOU ALL:

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