Rare 1880s Cabinet Card of King Kalakaua by Williams
Superb tonal value.
Measurements: 4 1/4″ x 6 1/4″
Taken by J. Williams & Co., Honolulu HI.
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.