King David Kalākaua was the last king & penultimate monarch of the kingdom of Hawai'i. Kalākaua was the last elected monarch of Hawai'i, afted he succeeded King Lunalilo. He was married to Queen Kapi'olani--a college in Hawai'i is named after her.
Kalākaua was called the "Merrie Monarch". He sung & played the ukulele to entertain guests, and he brought back the BANNED hula dance as a sign of Hawaiian culture at his coronation & birthday jubilee.
Hawai'i flourished under Kalākaua's reign, thanks to the "Reciprocity Treaty". Kalākaua traveled the world during his reign; he wanted Native Hawaiians to broaden their educations beyond the Hawaiian nation & he issued a government program to sponsor smart students to study abroad.
Kalākaua built the King Kamehameha Statue & rebuilt 'Iolani Palace. He was forced to sign the Bayonet Constitution that made the Hawaiian Monarchy become basically a figure head position--Kalākaua lost most of his governing powers thanks to Annexing nations (like the USA). Kalakāua was the 1st reigning monarch to EVER visit America. The first ever State Dinner in US history was held for Kalākaua by President Ulysses S. Grant. He was later going to meet President James Garfield, but he was murdered right before. Kalākaua met Thomas Edison, and he wanted to install electricity in Honolulu one day for his subjects. He also visited: Japan, China, SE Asia, Portugal, and other areas in Europe. He refused to act 'lavish' in his travels, and instead acted like a common man and traveled around with no royal entourage unlike other monarchs at his time (Kalākaua wasn't showy, he was modest). Kalākaua boosted the Hawaiian military, trade floruished under his rule, and to honor him, the US Government issued a 1883 Silver Dime of King Kalākaua. King Kalākaua was a modest king who wanted young Native Hawaiians to have access to good education at low costs, he wanted Hawaiians to protect their heritage/embrace it, he wanted to teach future people the history of Hawaiian history, and he loved to have fun with his friends. "Hula is the language of the heart, therefore the heartbeart of the Hawaiian people." ~ King Kalākaua
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