The Merry Monarch Kalakaua died in San Francisco. His funeral was one that Hawaiians will never forget.
King Kalakaua's return from San Francisco was a sad ending. On January 29 the Charleston was on the shore with mourning dress. Words were spread around that King Kalakaua had died. The sailors on the ship, hung their flag in the middle of the pole to show a sign to the Hawaiians, that their King had died. Heartbroken Oueen Liliu'okalani had to watch this tragedy happen to her brother.
On the Sunday of the funeral, the Hale Naua Society organized Kalakaua's ancient customs. Twelve women lifted up and carried lighted candles that circled the body of King Kalakaua. The koa casket that Kalakaua was in was partly covered by a feather cape. In the back and on the front of the casket that Kalakaua was in were four kahilis. The black ones were in the front and the white ones were in the back. They marked Queen Kapiolani and her sister Princess Poomaikelani. Kahilis also were on the side of Queen Lili'okalani and her consert Governor Dominis.
Behind them was the carriage of Governor Cleghorn and Princess Likelike, sister of the king. Kalakaua lay in a state throne room. Around him were ancient kahilis and feather capes. There also were his Hawaiian and foreign orders, his hat as governor of Oahu, and his Masonic emblems.