To save the Hawaiian culture and people…

To save the Hawaiian culture and people from disappearing, Kalākaua, the last king of the Hawaiian kingdom, went on a world tour in 1881, and travelled to Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and the United States, and he became the first reigning monarch to circumnavigate the globe. He met with Edison during that tour and because of that meeting Hawai’i had relatively early adoption of the phonograph. This allowed for recordings of Hawaiian songs from as early as the 1900s/1910s.



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