THE CORONATION OF
KING LUNALILO OF HAWAI'I
On January 8th 1873, Prince William Lunalilo,
the highest ranking chief, became King Lunalilo of Hawai'i. The next day,
on January 9th 1873, his coronation took place before a crowd of 3,000 at
the Kawaiaha'o Church in Honolulu. See cachet text (below) for a description
of the Coronation ceremony.
ENVELOPE: White. Size 6.5" x 3.5"
(165mm x 92mm).
CACHET: Black and White picture of Kawaiaha'o
Church as it appeared in the 1870's (from an original photo). Plus a small
black and White picture of King Lunalilo (from an original photo). (bottom
CACHET TEXT: "125TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE
CORONATION OF KING LUNALILO OF HAWAI'I (in red). At noon on January 9th
1873, King Lunalilo of Hawai'i entered the Kawaiaha'o Church to the sound
of cheering. He was handsomely dressed in black with a broad scarlet ribbon
across his body and wearing the silver star of Royalty. Present was the
Chief Justice and members of the late King Kamehameha Fifth's cabinet. An
immense crowd filled the church and grounds outside. The King sat in a throne
chair covered with a royal mantle of golden feathers. Guards wearing feathered
capes and bearing royal kahilis stood on each side. The King took the oath
of office and then gave a speech. Afterwards the choir sang "God save
the King" as Lunalilo left the church and walked back to Iolani Palace."
STAMP: 32c yellow rose stamp (Scott # 3048).
CANCELLATION: Circular date stamp cancel "HONOLULU
HI WAIKIKI STA - JAN 9 1998."
CACHET MAKER: Enelani.
NUMBER MADE: 50.
ITEM # 98JAN09