King William Charles Lunalilo

King William Charles Lunalilo (HM8XX)

Location: Honolulu, HI 96813 Honolulu County
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N 21° 18.283', W 157° 51.493'

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Jan. 31, 1835 - Feb. 3, 1874

King Kamehameha V died on December 11, 1872, without naming a successor to the throne. Prince William Charles Lunalilo was the highest ranking Chief at that time. Instead of claiming his birthright to the throne, he wanted the people to choose their next ruler in a democratic way. Lunalilo requested a special election which pitted him against David Kalakaua, a High Chief, but not of the Kamehameha line. Seven days later on January 8, 1873, an entire city cheered as the Legislature proclaimed that Lunalilo was not only "the people's choice" for king, but "the Legislature's choice" too. On January 9, 1873, the coronation of Lulalilo took place in Kawaiaha?o Church.

King Lunalilo died at thirty-nine years of age on February 3, 1874. He had reigned for only one year and twenty five days. Lunalilo did not name a successor to the throne. He insisted that the choice of the next monarch should rest in the hands of his people. The service for Lunalilo was conducted by the Reverend Henry Parker of Kawaiaha?o Church and his body was temporarily taken to the Royal Mausoleum in Nu?uanu Valley until his tomb at Kawaiaha?o Church was ready.

One of the king's last wishes was to be put to rest at Kaiwaia?o Church instead of the Royal Mausoleum. Lunalilo was "the people's choice." They had loved him and he had returned their love. By being buried at the cemetery with the common people he loved he felt he would be closer to them. When the remains of Hawai's royalty were removed from the Royal Tomb on ?Iolani Palace grounds and taken to the Royal Mausoleum in Nu?uanu, the remains of Lunalilo mother, Kekauluohi, were not taken to the Royal Mausoleum. This may have been an oversight; no one knows. However, Lunalilo chose to be buried on Kawaiaha?o Church grounds and not at the Royal Mausoleum.
HM NumberHM8XX
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Date Added Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 at 9:57am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)4Q E 618427 N 2356300
Decimal Degrees21.30471667, -157.85821667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 21° 18.283', W 157° 51.493'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds21° 18' 16.98" N, 157° 51' 29.58" W
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Area Code(s)808
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 979-989 Punchbowl St, Honolulu HI 96813, US
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