Weary of myself, and
sick of asking
What I am and what I ought to be.
But I will cut short these rambling reminiscences and proceed to my story.
The monthly call of the little "Kilauea," at that time the only steamer plying between the islands, was always an occasion of interest to Hilo, bringing as it did the latest news from the capital and from the outside world, as well as passengers and freight; but on the
occasion of its arrival this time the excitement rose to
fever-heat, for the royal flag was flying, and before
the little black smoke-stacks had ceased pufling, or the
steamer dropped anchor the news was all over town that
the king had come.
This was David Kalakaua, the present monarch, and this
was his first visit to Hilo after he had been proclaimed