King William Charles Lunalilo

King William Charles Lunalilo

$479.85 + tax

Pictured Here: 20 1/4″ X 23 1/8″

Canvas: Glossy Finish Archival Canvas
Frame: Green/Gold Renaissance
Liner: Linen Liner & Gold Fillet
COA: Certificate of Authenticity
Available Sizes: 20 1/4″x 23 1/8″, 29 1/4″ x 34 3/8″, 42 1/4″ x 50 5/8″

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King Kamehameha V, the last of the Kamehameha kings, died on December 11, 1872 without naming a successor. Under the Kingdom’s 1864 constitution, if the king did not appoint a successor, a new king would be elected by the legislature from the eligible Hawaiian royals still alive. The other candidate was David Kalākaua. Lunalilo was the more popular of the two. His grandfather was Kalaimamahu, a half brother of Kamehameha I and was thus a cousin of King Kamehameha V. His grandmother was Queen Kalakua Kaheiheimalie, sister of Queen Kaʻahumanu. Because of this, many people believed the throne rightly belonged to Lunalilo since the only person more closely related to Kamehameha V, Bernice Pauahi Bishop, made clear she did not want the throne.

The popular vote was held on January 1, 1873 and Lunalilo won by an overwhelming majority. The week after, the legislature unanimously voted Lunalilo king. It has been speculated that the reason for the unanimous vote was because each legislator was required to sign his name on the back of his ballot, and the legislators were afraid to go against the wishes of the people.


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Your canvas prints will pick up dust over time. You can gently wipe the dust off with a clean, soft, dry cloth. You can also use a vacuum with a soft brush attachment to get rid of any dust on the surface of the canvas.

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