Arrival of the Alii, 1844.

Honolulu, August 6, 1844.

Pertaining to the Arrival of the Chiefs.

We awaited the alii but they did not arrive, and on the 30th of July, canon fire was heard from Punchbowl [Puuawaina] announcing their arrival. A little thereafter we saw the approach of the three double-masted ships: Hooikaika, Paalua, and Victoria. And at midday, they all entered the harbor. When the alii were close by the American warship, the Warren, they boarded and canon were shot off in salute to the king; the salute was a fine thing. The King went ashore and the soldiers were waiting; cannons and drums were sounded, and he and his wife along with the alii and the officers went into his house at Maunakilika, and it is there that he resides these days.

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