Failing health for some months past made it seem advisable that King Kalākaua should seek to regain it by a voyage to the more bracing climate of California, and inspired with this hope, he left his kingdom in November 1890. The voyage and change of circumstances at first seemed to benefit him.
Then, the sad news … he passed away at 2:35 pm of Tuesday, January 20, 1891; there were close friends and advisors at his bedside. His body was returned to the Islands and he was buried with great state on February 15th, 1891 at Mauna Ala.
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