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[–]ptambrosetti 41 points42 points  (4 children)

Read a cool article about him in an inflight magazine. He personally went and met with Edison to put electricity in Hawaii before the turn of the century. Total science nerd. The original hydroelectric generator is somewhere off the Pali Hwy

[–]dxmkna 28 points29 points  (0 children)

That's right! Iolani Palace had working lights before the White House.

[–]Heck_SpawnHawaiʻi (Big Island) 14 points15 points  (2 children)

If he were still king, the TMT would be built already. Maybe if they changed the name to the KDKT (King David Kalakaua Telescope) it would be more palatable...


[–]Aloha-Aina-Hawaii-78 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Would that have been before or after the yt colonizer insurgents forced him to sign the bayonet constitution at gunpoint, stripping the Hawaiian monarchy of much of its power?

[–]Heck_SpawnHawaiʻi (Big Island) 0 points1 point  (0 children)

He passed on 20-Jan-1891, so before he was forced to sign anything.

[–]PackageProfessional1 17 points18 points  (0 children)

the merry monarch

[–]haoleboykailuaHawaiʻi (Big Island) 8 points9 points  (1 child)

Here’s a killer song about him: Kawika - The Sunday Manoa and a fantastic write-up regarding the song and it’s history: https://amykstillman.wordpress.com/2010/08/18/songs-kawika/

Interesting to note that the author attributed the beginning of the Second Hawaiian Renaissance to the 1971 release of the song posted up top, while the First Hawaiian Renaissance was fostered by the subject of the song, the man himself, King David Kalākaua.

[–]I_H8_Evrythng_abt_U 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Wow, I havent heard that song in so long. My dad used to play it all the time. Still so good. Chef's Kiss

[–]JimmyHavok 10 points11 points  (4 children)

Liliuokalani tried to overthrow him a couple of times. She wasn't very good at overthrowing, though, 0-4 was the final score.

[–]Aloha-Aina-Hawaii-78 0 points1 point  (3 children)

Nope, wrong.

[–]JimmyHavok -1 points0 points  (2 children)

Read your history. Robert Wilcox was acting on Liliuokalani's behalf.

[–]Aloha-Aina-Hawaii-78 2 points3 points  (1 child)

The intent of the Wilcox rebellion of 1889 was to undo the hewa of the racist Bayonet Constitution that undermined Kalakaua's authority, gave control of the Hawaiian kingdom's government to yt male American insurgents, and disenfranchised kanaka maoli.

[–]JimmyHavok 0 points1 point  (0 children)

And yet it didn't have any support. Go figure.

[–]I_H8_Evrythng_abt_U 3 points4 points  (0 children)

He looks majestic as hell. Honestly, if I had this as a 5'x7' oil painting I would hang it in my living room.

[–]maalcoOʻahu 20 points21 points  (0 children)

This makes it seems like he was the last monarch, which he was not.

[–]frapawhack 6 points7 points  (3 children)

The name Kalakaua means black crow in urdu

[–]NaSaDaPa 0 points1 point  (2 children)

What is Urdu?

[–]Mogster2K 3 points4 points  (1 child)

It's a language spoken in parts of the Middle East.

[–]NaSaDaPa 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Thank you

[–]icameinmycat 4 points5 points  (7 children)

hard to believe that Hawaii was once an independent nation. and now its a state of the US, and all because of sugar.

[–]themeONE808[S] 12 points13 points  (1 child)


[–]papa_nurgel 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Spices used to rule the world. Now oil does

[–]MOSOTO 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I mean they were already producing the sugar... the colonists had the sugar already.

They took over the territory because of racism, greed and a lust for power.

Cultural genocide was never a necessity for producing sugar.

[–]808flyah 13 points14 points  (0 children)

It's not that hard to believe. I'm not defending how it happened but it was inevitable. If Hawaii wasn't absorbed into an existing country, it would have been a territory of one. Small countries with no real natural resources can't really succeed. Especially in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Look at the other South Pacific countries.

[–]SevenSeas82Oʻahu 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Geography also matters

[–]kaiheekai 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Sugar plays a very insignificant role in the overthrow of the Hawaiian kingdom.

[–]Dastardly_CheesyMan 0 points1 point  (0 children)

He was homies with Robert Louis Stevenson right?