Letter from President Grant to the new king, Lunalilo, 1873.

Letters of Condolences from the European Monarchs to our King.

On the 14th of April, the letter from General Grant, the President of the United States, was received, expressing to our King, that he joins in the grieving for the death of Kamehameha V, and that the President was happy for Chief Lunalilo’s good fortune in ascending the throne of Hawaii nei.

And on the 29th of May, the letters arrived from the alii shown below, and we translated them into our language.

(Ko Hawaii Ponoi, 6/18/1873, p. 3)


Ko Hawaii Ponoi, Buke I, Helu 1, Aoao 3. Iune 18, 1873.

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

Ia oe e ka la e alohi nei… 1874.

The Birthday of the King.

Monday, the 16th of November, is the birthday of our beloved King Kalakaua. He was born in the year 1833, and he will be making forty-three years old. In the column ‘Ma ke Kauoha’ [By Authority], seen is the Government notice that the birthday of our King will be held as a Day of Thanks to the Almighty God, for the blessings received by our lahui this past year; He has kindly assisted our King and His People in progressive endeavors and in things that will benefit our homeland, and may He watch over the King during His time away from his Kingdom of Islands on His travels.

Therefore, we ask the lahui from Hawaii to Niihau to heed the good announcement of the Government, that this day shall be a day of prayer, and that meetings will be held to kneel and give appreciation to the Almighty Father; and let us not forget to ask of the Heavens to watch over the King who He in his benevolence has placed as a Father to the lahui of these islands in the Pacific Ocean, while He will be travelling to seek blessings for us all.

On Tuesday, November 17th, our King and the Governor of Oahu, J. O. Dominis, along with the Governor of Maui, J. M. Kapena, will go on a trip to Washington to meet with the President of the United States of America.

(Kuokoa, 11/7/1874, p. 2)

Ka la Hanau o ka Moi.

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke XIII, Helu 5, Aoao 2. Novemaba 7, 1874.