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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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