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David Kalakaua

Kalākaua (David Laʻamea Kamananakapu Mahinulani Naloiaehuokalani Lumialani Kalākaua; November 16, 1836 – January 20, 1891), sometimes called The Merrie Monarch, was the last king and penultimate monarch of the Kingdom of Hawaiʻi, reigning from February 12, 1874, until his death in 1891. Succeeding Lunalilo, he was elected to the vacant throne of Hawaiʻi against Queen Emma. Kalākaua had a convivial personality and enjoyed entertaining guests with his singing and ukulele playing. At his coronation and his birthday jubilee, the hula, which had hitherto been banned in public in the kingdom, became a celebration of Hawaiian culture.

During Kalākaua's reign, the Reciprocity Treaty of 1875 brought great prosperity to the kingdom. Its renewal continued the prosperity but allowed United States to have exclusive use of Pearl Harbor. In 1881, Kalākaua took a trip around the world to encourage the immigration of contract sugar plantation workers. He 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 his projects, the statue of Kamehameha I and the rebuilding of ʻIolani Palace, were expensive endeavors but are popular tourist attractions today.

Extravagant expenditures and Kalākaua's plans for a Polynesian confederation played into the hands of annexationists who were already working towards a United States takeover of Hawaiʻi. In 1887, Kalākaua was pressured to sign a new constitution that made the monarchy little more than a figurehead position. After his brother William Pitt Leleiohoku II died in 1877, the king named their sister Liliʻuokalani as heir-apparent. She acted as regent during his absences from the country. After Kalākaua's death, she became the last monarch of Hawaiʻi.

Birth and Death Data: Born November 16, 1836 (Honolulu), Died January 20, 1891 (San Francisco)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1908 - 1940

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, lyricist, songwriter

Notes: King David Kalakaua wrote some songs under the pseudonym "Figgs"

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= Recordings were issued from this master. No recordings issued from other masters.

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 26 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-6555 10-in. 10/16/1908 Akahi hoi Genevra Johnstone-Bishop Female vocal solo, with piano composer  
Victor B-13140 10-in. 4/16/1913 Akahi hoi Hawaiian Quintette Male vocal quintet, with instrumental quintet (Hawaiian) composer  
Victor B-15342 10-in. 11/5/1914 Huila o Kilauea Toots Paka Hawaiian Troupe Vocal and instrumental ensemble (Hawaiian) composer, lyricist  
Victor B-15354 10-in. 11/6/1914 Akahi hoi Toots Paka Hawaiian Troupe Vocal and instrumental ensemble (Hawaiian) composer  
Victor B-19192 10-in. 2/19/1917 Hawaiian medley no. 1 E. K. Rose Guitar solo (Hawaiian) composer  
Victor B-19193 10-in. 2/19/1917 Hawaiian medley no. 2 E. K. Rose Guitar solo (Hawaiian) lyricist  
Victor PBVE-42047 10-in. 3/2/1928 Alekoki Kane's Hawaiians Vocal and instrumental ensemble (Hawaiian) lyricist  
Victor BS-75276 10-in. 2/22/1933 Alekoki Noi Lane Hawaiian Orchestra Instrumental ensemble, with female vocal solo and vocal trio (Hawaiian) lyricist  
Victor BVE-89003 10-in. 3/13/1935 Alekoki Royal Hawaiian Girls Glee Club Female vocal chorus, with instrumental ensemble (Hawaiian) lyricist  
Victor BVE-89133 10-in. 4/10/1935 Hawaii ponoi Royal Hawaiian Band Band (Hawaiian) lyricist  
Victor BS-058273 10-in. 12/18/1940 Kokohi Native Islanders ; Johnny Kaonohi Pineapple Vocal trio, with guitars and string bass (Hawaiian) composer  
Columbia W145908 10-in. 3/24/1928 Alekoki Sol Hoopii's Novelty Trio Instrumental trio, with male vocal ensemble (Hawaiian) lyricist  
Columbia W146663 10-in. 5/20/1928 Sweet lei lehua Ernest Halbron Male vocal solo, with male vocal chorus composer  
Columbia W146709 10-in. 5/29/1928 Alekoki Royal Hawaiian Band Glee Club Female vocal solo, with vocal chorus and instrumental ensemble (Hawaiian) lyricist  
Columbia [W]147454 10-in. 11/9/1928 Sweet lei lehua Frank Ferera's Hawaiian Trio ; Annette Hanshaw Instrumental trio (Hawaiian), with female vocal solo composer  
Columbia W149813 10-in. 2/11/1930 Koni e koni au Keaumoku Louis and his Tropical Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and male vocal ensemble (Hawaiian) composer  
OKeh S-71001 10-in. Nov. 1922 Hawaii ponoi Prince Lei Lani Male vocal solo, with instrumental trio lyricist  
OKeh [OK cat 1171-A] 10-in. approximately 1918-1919 Sweet Lei Lehua Hawaiian Troupe Instrumental ensemble (Hawaiian) composer  
Brunswick LAE113 10-in. Mar. 1928 Sweet lei lehua David Burrows Trio ; Johnny Noble's Hawaiians ; Ray Kinney Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo and steel guitar trio composer, lyricist  
Brunswick LAE523 10-in. 6/6/1929 Alekoki Johnny Noble Hawaiian Music Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo lyricist  
Brunswick LAE831 10-in. 7/3/1930 I’ll come sailing home to you Johnny Noble Hawaiian Music ; Ray Kinney Jazz/dance band (Hawaiian), with male vocal solo composer  
Brunswick LAE832 10-in. 7/3/1930 I’ll come sailing home to you Johnny Noble Hawaiian Music ; Ray Kinney ; Winona Love Jazz/dance band (Hawaiian), with female-male vocal duet composer  
Brunswick [Br cat 55022-b] 10-in. Mar. 1928 Sweet lei lehua Johnny Noble's Hawaiians ; Kamakau Glee Club ; Ray Kinney Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and vocal chorus (Hawaiian) composer, lyricist  
Edison 2931 10-in. 4/6/1914 Akahi hoi Toots Paka's Hawaiians Vocal and instrumental ensemble (Hawaiian) composer  
Edison 5104 10-in. 10/27/1916 Akahi hoi Ford Hawaiians Male vocal solo and male vocal ensemble, with instrumental ensemble (Hawaiian) composer  
(Results 1-25 of 26 records)


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Kalakaua, David," accessed February 24, 2024,

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