Cover Image: Masthead of Ka Elele Hawaii published on January 1, 1855.
Aloha Nūhou Monday!
When a leader or someone held in high esteem by the nation died, the order of the funeral procession was something publicized in the newspapers so people knew ahead of time in what position they stood. The following for instance is the order of the funeral procession for Kauikeaouli, Kamehameha III. It is followed by instructions for the day by Mataio Kekūanāoʻa, the Grand Marshall of the procession.
Image: “Ka Hoonohonoho ana i ka Huakai Hele o ka Hoolewa ana i ke Kupapau o ka Moi Kamehameha III.” Ka Elele Hawaii, January 1, 1855, p. 83.
Order of Procession
For the Funeral of
King Kamehameha III
Grand Marshal of the Procession
Physicians [interestingly called here Kahuna Lapaʻau]
Other Schools with Their Teachers—Six Deep
The King’s Band
The King’s Purveyor and Servants
The King’s Personal Physician and the other doctors in attendance while he was sick.
The King’s Standard
[On each side of the coffin, from outside in: Soldiers, Aliʻi, Kāhili]
Her Highness, Victoria Kamāmalu, and the King,
and His Highness, Lot Kamehameha
Chief Justice, Kuhina Nui, Chamberlain
Representatives of Foreign Nations
The Governors of the Islands
The Members of the Privy Council and Their Wives
The Foreign Consuls, the Custom Officers, and other Government Officers—Four Deep
Soldiers aboard the warships
Fire Companies—Four Deep
Ladder and Hook Companies
The King’s Yeomanry [Hulumanu]
The Haole and Those Aboard the Trade Ships—Six Deep
Kānaka Maoli—Eight Deep
Those attending the funeral are to gather on King Street at 10 o’clock in the morning, and the procession will begin at 11 o’clock.
The line of the procession will be formed on the makai side of the Palace until Richards Street. Those who are walking with the Body of the late King will stand at the north of the Palace until Richards Street. Come all.
M. Kekūanāoʻa, Grand Marshal.
(Elele Hawaii, 1/1/1855, p. 83)
Image: Seated portrait of King Kamehameha III, from a daguerreotype; Hawaiʻi. ca. 1850. Bishop Museum Archives. SA 1041.
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