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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

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Election and violence in Hawaii, 1874

This is the second in a series about King David Kalakaua of Hawaii. It was a contest between a large boisterous man and a solemn, pious widow. Once again, a king had died without a successor, and Hawaii’s constitution called … Continue reading

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Lunalilo: Hawaii’s democratic, alcoholic king

This is the start of a series centering on King David Kalakaua of Hawaii. The first installment concerns Kalakaua’s predecessor on the throne, Lunalilo. On December 11, 1872, King Kamahameha V died. He was the last of the House of … Continue reading

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King Kalakaua of Hawaii: New series

King Kalakaua ruled the kingdom of Hawaii from 1874 to 1891. He was the next-to-last ruler, succeeded by his sister Lili’uokalani. She lasted just two years before she was overthrown by a group of local politicians and businessmen, most of … Continue reading

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