Thursday, March 5, 2015

Moat Or Fence, Your Highness?

A  L  O  H  A   from USA's Only 
                              Royal Palace
Seat of Hawaiian Royalty
High Chiefs 
occupied this piece of land
in today's downtown Honolulu.
behind a wooden palisades. 
In 1862 this magnificent 
palace was built.
[Makai/seaward side] 
Illuminated by 
Edison Electric 
before the White House 
was electrified!

Mauka/Mountain Side

You can see the monarchy era 
Troop Barracks
through this 19th Century gate.

A proper castle! 
Look at those regal spikes!
King Kalakaua was 
the first royal head of state 
to make a journey around the world. 
He was a favorite personality
 all over Europe, visiting
his brother royals.

Glance inside the book
"Around the World With a King"
Click on "Preview"
to see a smashing 
frontispiece of the King.

Today the book is
chiefly noteworthy
for the blatant,
matter of fact racism
of the author's
 attitude towards
his Hawaiian King! 

The Caucasian (Hawaiian)
officials who accompanied
the beloved King
[including author]

The chief job of 
Hawaiian royals from
Kamehameha the Great
onward, was to remain
independent and not a
colony in a frankly colonial
age. This they accomplished
with great dignity
until island-born
American business men
[including the children of missionaries]
overthrew the monarchy
in a bloodless coup
because Queen Liliuokalani
wanted none of her people
shot. And she trusted in the 
justice of the USA,
even lobbying Congress
in person!

She did fly the US
flag over her lovely
[private] home during
You see, this was not
so very long ago.

We are all guests
of the Hawaiian People.

That should ALWAYS
be respected!

- 1883 -
Aloha `Oe
"Aloha to You"
                   warmly, cloudia

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Nancy Chan said...

Aloha, interesting sharing.

A Cuban In London said...

Wow, that looks regal! :-)

Greetings from London.

eViL pOp TaRt said...

Thanks for that extremely interesting and informative information about Hawaiian history. Have a swell day, Cloudia!

Charles Gramlich said...

Such beautiful iron work.

The Bastard King of England said...

It's a beautiful palace!

Teresa said...

Totally cool! A royal fence, and a great story of Hawaiian royalty! Thanks for this wonderful post.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

It is beautiful indeed Cloudia, is it open to the public these days? Queen Liliuokalana was a wise woman not to go to war, she actually cared for her people.. would be nice if more today did.

Karen S. said...

Absolutely, of all people, and animals too. What a sight to see, your captures are beautiful. Aloha dear one.

TexWisGirl said...

beautiful palace! and lovely fencing around it!

ThreeOldKeys said...

Lovely photos and fascinating history!

Anonymous said...

That's nice palace.

Brian Miller said...

we are all guests of this planet...and should respect that as well..its pretty sad how we colonize and try to form the native people into ourselves...

aloha from va

eileeninmd said...

It is a beautiful palace, thanks for sharing some of the Hawaiian history..Have a happy day!

Stephanie said...

Beautiful place and love the close up shot of the fence.

Rajesh said...

Interesting article.

Cloudia said...

You may visit the palace when you are next in Honolulu <3

Thanks, Friends

Bob Bushell said...

Pleasure to see it Cloudia.

Ida said...

What a wonderful fence/gate. That 3rd shot down of the close-up of the gate is awesome. Such a rich history this place has.

Elephant's Child said...

Thank you so much for the images and the history.

William Kendall said...

Impressive and enlightening, Cloudia!

Lois said...

It is very grand! I love the fence.

RedPat said...

A royal post, Cloudia!

Felicia said...

pretty palace and fence.

Spare Parts and Pics said...

I've seen the palace live! It's beautiful. Interesting about being electrified before the White House.

Adam said...

such a grand fence

Chandra Eswaran said...

Hi Karen,
A very nice thought-provoking post, with a history lesson for me. Thank you for the same. The pictures, both the contemporary ones and the ones from many years ago are fantastic. I am fascinated by the ornate gates and other relics of the palace.

I love your fine sentiments about the knavery that took place.

Thank you for visiting my blog.

Have a Beautiful Day!
Peace :)

Margaret Adamson said...

Lovely Palace and great fences