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Portrait of Kalakua, King of Hawaii in uniform seated with four other men and holding sword
King Kalakaua was the last king of Hawaii. His reign lasted from 1874-1891. The Kingdom of Hawaii was not included in Grants' world tour. An invitation from King Kalakaua was sent to Japan where Grant was spending the last days of his world tour. As the Grants would be traveling home across the pacific, King Kalakaua suggested Grant and his party make a stop in Hawaii. Grant thanked the King for his invitation but explained as the arrangements for the return trip to the United States were uncertain at the time, he was unable to make any commitments. When the time came to end the world tour and return home, Grant and his party sailed straight from Yokohama, Japan to San Francisco. A year later, while Grant was visiting Mexico, the King of Hawaii sent another invitation. This time General Grant made the excuse that the ladies in his party brought too much baggage preventing them from making extensive journeys.
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