MINT HINGED - Complete Set
Historic issue1899 (All stamps are REAL and GUARANTEED as such) issues of the REPUBLIC OF HAWAII (After the Bayonettee Rebelion)
Upon ascending the throne, Kalakaua named his brother, William Pitt Leleiohoku, as his heir, putting an end to the era of elected kings in Hawaii.
In October 1874, Kalakaua sent representatives to the United States to negotiate a reciprocity treaty to help end a depression that was ongoing in Hawaii. In November, Kalakaua himself traveled to Washington DC to meet Ulysses S. Grant. An agreement was reached and the treaty was signed on January 30, 1875. The treaty allowed certain Hawaiian goods, mainly sugar and rice, to be admitted into the United States tax-free.
During the early part of Kalakaua's reign, the king made full use of his power to appoint and dismiss cabinets. King Kalakaua believed in the hereditary right of the alii to rule. Kalakaua continually dismissed cabinets and appointed new ones. This drew criticism from people of the "Missionary Party" who wanted to reform Hawaiian government based on the model of the United Kingdom's constitutional monarchy where the monarch had very little real power over the government but had a position of great dignity and was the head of state. The party believed the legislature should control the... read more