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ROYAL PALACE, HONOLULU, SANDWICH ISLANDS If this residence of the King of the Sandwich Islands appears plain and unpretending, we have only to recall the fact that Honolulu harbor was discovered less than a hundred years ago, (1794), by Captain Brown, who was promptly murdered by the natives. Great changes have certainly taken place here in a century! The contrast between this palace of King Kalakua, and the hut of one of his royal ancestors is as remarkable as that between the palace of the German Emperor, and this abode of royalty in Honolulu. Some members of the royal family are visible in this illustration at the left. King Kalakua stands beside the lofty palm tree, and near him are his wife and daughter. In the rear is seen Col. Judd, his Secretary of State. If “Divinity doth hedge a King” in these days of Democracy, a tailor must help make the king divine. A uniform, even though it be a semi-civilized one, is more imposing than a plain sack coat, and a diadem, even if it be of feathers, is preferable, for a monarch, to a straw hat, such as are worn by all the world besides. A broad piazza entirely surrounds this palace. Its chief apartment is one in which the throne is placed, and where the royal levees are held. Honolulu itself has a population of about 14,000 souls. The buildings consist largely of one-story wooden houses, mingled with grass huts embowered in luxuriant foliage. Still it has several churches, hotels and public buildings of some architectural beauty. Its streets are straight and clean. Charming tropical scenery abounds; and there is always pleasant foreign society here, chiefly English and American. Honolulu cannot be called isolated from the world, for steamers run thence to San Francisco, Australia, England, New York, Germany, China and Peru. (from John L. Stoddard, Glimpses of the world; a portfolio of photographs of the marvelous works of God and man – 1892)

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