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Monthly Archives: November 2014
The coronation and its critics
This is the sixth installment of a series about King David Kalakaua of Hawaii. The coronation of King Kalakaua nine years after his ascension to the throne was one of a series of events that brought him under attack. When … Continue reading
An Italian scoundrel visits Hawaii
This is the fourth installment in a series about King David Kalakaua of Hawaii. The rulers of the Kingdom of Hawaii improvised as they went along. After all, the kingdom only had its first constitution in 1840. That was substantially … Continue reading
Reciprocity between unequal parties
This is the third installment of a series about King David Kalakaua of Hawaii. Under Lunalilo’s reign, attempts to negotiate a reciprocity treaty with the US failed amidst disagreement over the details. Hawaiian sugar planters pushed for a deal that … Continue reading