Happy Birthday Merrie Monarch David Kalakaua

The Royal Hawaiian Band brought their talents to The Iolani Palace today to commemorate the birthday of King David Kalakaua. Known affectionately as the Merrie Monarch, Kalakaua achieved much during his all too brief reign (1874 to1891). Among his most noteworthy accomplishments is the remodeling and modernization of the Iolani Palace. His efforts resulted in this famous palace’s distinction as the very first palace in the world to have working electricity.
Another significant achievement brought on by Kalakaua’s effort was the perpetuation of Hawaiian artistic customs. Specifically, Hawaiian chants and Hula dancing, –which had previously been suppressed by missionaries– were rejuvenated thanks to the Merrie Monarch. He also encouraged the practice of new art-forms and was a major force behind the initial popularization of Ukulele’s on the Islands.

To celebrate Kalakaua’s love of the performance arts, The Royal Hawaiian Band will be entertaining Hawaiian music fans all month. The band itself is not without an interesting history. Having been established back in 1836 as the “Kings Band,” it is widely considered the oldest organized band on earth.

If you are going to be on the Islands this month, check out some of the times and places listed below and make sure you get an ear-full of this historic band’s mele.

Fridays, Nov 5, 12, 19 & 26

12 noon, Iolani Palace

Sundays, Nov 7, 14, 21 & 28

2:00 p.m., Kapiolani Bandstand

Nov 20, 9:00 a.m.

Wilson Elementary School

Fun Fair

Nov 22, 12:00 p.m.

Tamarind Park – Salvation Army

Red Kettle Kick-Off

Nov 27, 5:00 p.m.

Windward City Lights festivities

Near Ben Parker Elementary School

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