Next Tuesday, Feb. 9, marks the 182nd birthday of King Kamehameha IV, but it was celebrated at the Queen Emma Summer Palace on Saturday with free admission.
The daughters of Hawaii provided a rare opportunity to see the king’s personal items, including a copy of his journal from his travels to Nova Scotia, England, North America.
Alexander Iolani Liholiho was born Feb. 9, 1834.
He was the grandson of Kamehameha the Great and hanai’ed by his uncle, Kamehameha III.
When he passed, Liholiho ascended the throne at the age of 20.
“At that time it was suggested to him that he marry to secure the crown and so it was his choice to court his childhood friend Emma Rook,” said Kelela Jenison, a member of Daughters of Hawaii.
Rook then became Queen Emma.
Among his accomplishments, Alexander Iolani Liholiho helped establish Queen’s hospital and Iolani School, which is named after him.
The king died at age 29, 15 months after the death of their young son, Prince Albert Edward.