RARE Original 1916 Inaugural Kalakaua Day Reception & Ball Invitation
An exceptional historic item from Hawaii’s past, this RARE invitation from 1916 invites the bearer to be present at the very FIRST Kalakaua Day Reception and Ball in honor of Hawaii’s Kalakaua Dynasty, on Thursday, November 16, 1916. We have never seen another like it, and it is certainly a gem for the collector of items from Hawaii’s Monarchy Era!
Will include a copy of the 1916 Honolulu Star-Bulletin newspaper clipping announcing ball.
Measurements: 6 1/4″ x 5 1/4″
Provenance: From a private Hawaii collection.
From the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, 11/15/1916, p. 8:
KALAKAUA DAY TO BE OBSERVED FOR FIRST TIME
Morning Reception, Appearance of Pa-u Riders and Dance at Night Make Up Program
In honor of the Kalakaua Dynasty which ruled over the Hawaiian Islands for 22 years, Honolulu will celebrate tomorrow, and the day will be filled with many pleasant features.
The big affair of the day will occur in the evening when the reception and ball at the armory will be held. Because of the illness of Queen Liliuokalani, she will not be able to attend, but in her place Prince and Princess Kalanianaole will receive the guests. After the reception three orchestras will furnish music for the dancing and a gala time is anticipated. A large number of invitations have been issued and to be sure that no one was overlooked Princess Kawananakoa chairman of the invitation committee, wishes all who have not received invitations to go to the Promotion Committee rooms on Bishop street.
The festivities of the day will begin in the morning when 21 pa-u riders will gather at Princess Auto Stand on King street and from there, headed by Princess Theresa Wilcox, president and wife of the first delegate to congress, and Mrs. J. Fern, vice-president, will march up King street to Aala park. From there the march will return on King and up Fort, to Hotel, then Bishop, King and up Richards to the residence of Queen Liliuokalani, where a short call will be made. From the queen’s residence the riders will follow Beretania street to Pensacola street to the home of Princess Kawananakoa, where a reception will be held from 9 to 12 in the morning. Here a short speech will be made by a member of the riders. In the evening the pa-u riders will attend the ball in full costume of royal purple with leis around their necks and a golden band on which is the word “Kaohelelani,” the name of a descendant of the royal house of Keoua, the father of the Kamehamehas.
The reception of Princess Kawananakoa is for Hawaiians only and therefore no one else will be permitted inside the grounds unless they have a special invitation.