Pair of Rare 1880s Cabinet Cards of King Kalakaua and Queen Kapiolani
Done by The London Stereoscopic and Photographic Company, London, Photographers to the Queen, the Prince of Wales and Other Members of the Royal Family, during visits by the Hawaiian King and Queen to London in the 1880s.
Measurements: Each card measures 2 1/2″ x 4 1/8″.
King Kalākaua (November 16, 1836 – January 20, 1891), born David Laʻamea Kamananakapu Mahinulani Naloiaehuokalani Lumialani Kalākaua, was the last reigning king of the Kingdom of Hawaii. He reigned from February 12, 1874 until his death in San Francisco, California, on January 20, 1891. King Kalākaua earned the nickname “the Merrie Monarch,” because of his love of joyful elements of life. During his reign, hula was revived, and today, his name lives on in the Merrie Monarch Festival, a hula festival named in his honor. He wrote “Hawaiʻi Ponoʻī,” which is the state song of Hawaii today. In 1881, King Kalākaua left Hawaii and became the first monarch to venture on a trip around the world to study the matter of immigration and to improve foreign relations.
Queen Kapiʻolani (1834–1899) was married to King Kalākaua and reigned as Queen Consort of the Kingdom of Hawaii. Her full name was Kapiʻolani Napelakapuokakaʻe. In 1887, Queen Kapiʻolani traveled to London to attend Queen Victoria’s 50th Jubilee celebration. Crown Princess Liliʻuokalani, King Kalākaua’s sister, traveled with Kapiʻolani as her interpreter since though Kapiʻolani was brought up understanding English, she refused to speak anything but Hawaiian. The Hawaiian Royal family were treated as dignitaries, and were seated with the British Royal family in the front of Westminster Abbey.