Kalākaua, King of Hawaii

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Kalākaua, King of Hawaii Gender: M
David Laʻamea Kamananakapu ....
born on 16 November 1836 at 02:00 (= 02:00 AM )
Place Honolulu, Hawaii, 21n18, 157w52
Timezone LMT m157w52 (is local mean time)
Data source
Rodden Rating B
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_scocol.18.gif 24°15' s_mo.18.gif s_piscol.18.gif 04°14 Asc.s_vircol.18.gif 25°54'

King of Hawaii Kalākaua


Hawaii's last king and the penultimate monarch of the Kingdom, he was sometimes called The Merrie Monarch. Succeeding Lunalilo, he was elected to the vacant throne of Hawaii against Queen Emma. He reigned from 12 February 1874 until his death in San Francisco, California, on 20 January 1891 at age 54. Kalākaua had a convivial personality and enjoyed entertaining guests with his singing and ukulele playing. At his coronation and his birthday jubilee, the hula that had been banned from public in the kingdom became a celebration of Hawaiian culture.

During his reign, the Reciprocity Treaty of 1875 brought great prosperity to the kingdom. Its renewal continued the prosperity but allowed the United States to have exclusive use of Pearl Harbor. In 1881, he took a trip around the world to encourage the immigration of contract sugar plantation workers. Kalākaua wanted Hawaiians to broaden their education beyond their nation. He instituted a government-financed program to sponsor qualified students to be sent abroad to further their education. Two of Kalākaua's projects, the statue of Kamehameha I and the rebuilding of ʻIolani Palace, were expensive endeavors but are popular tourist attractions today.

Extravagant expenditures and his plans for a Polynesian confederation played into the hands of annexationists who were already working towards a United States takeover of Hawaiʻi. In 1887, he was pressured to sign a new constitution that made the monarchy little more than a figurehead position. He had faith in his sister Liliʻuokalani's abilities to rule as regent when he named her as his heir-apparent following the death of their brother, William Pitt Leleiohoku, in 1877. After his death, she became the last monarch of Hawaiʻi.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • Relationship : Marriage 19 December 1863 (Kapiʻolani)
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  • Work : Gain social status 12 February 1874 (Elected to the throne)
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  • Death by Disease 20 January 1891 at 2:35 PM in San Francisco (Bright's Disease, age 54)
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Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes from Kalakaua: Hawaii's Last King by Kristin Zambucka (Kristin Zambucka Books, 2003): "King Kalakaua—David Laamea Kalaka-ua—was born on the 16th day of November, 1836, in the city of Honolulu, near the site of the Queen's Hospital. ... The High Chiefess Haaheo Kaniu waited anxiously at the home of her parents on the night of the expected birth which occurred about 2 a.m."

Same data given in "His Majesty King Kalakaua" in Honolulu Almanac and Directory (1885).


  • Traits : Body : Race (Polynesian, Hawaiian)
  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Kidney (Bright's Disease)
  • Family : Relationship : Marriage more than 15 Yrs (Kapiʻolani, 1863-1891)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids none
  • Lifestyle : Social Life : Other Social Life (Singer and ukulele player)
  • Personal : Religion/Spirituality : Western (Church of Hawaii)
  • Personal : Death : Illness/ Disease (Bright's Disease)
  • Vocation : Politics : Heads of state
  • Notable : Famous : Royal family (House of Kalākaua, Hawaii)