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Let There Be Light

A cache by Kailua Al Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 10/6/2007
2 out of 5
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Size: Size: micro (micro)

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Geocache Description:

Nano Cache in a high muggle area.

Iolani Palace

Iolani Palace

King David Kalakaua

King David Kalakaua

King David Kalakaua was called the Merrie Monarch, he earned the nickname "the Merrie Monarch," because of his love of the joyful elements of life. He also had a technical side to him as well. He studied science and he was very curious about the new technical inventions of the day. In Kalakaua's time gas lamps or candles were the main source of light at night. In the late 1870's electricity was the hottest topic in new technology. Kalakaua having heard about this new type of energy wanted to know more. He could see the potential for electricity to the Kingdom. In 1881, King Kalakaua left Hawaii on a trip around the world to study the matter of immigration and to improve foreign relations. He also wanted to study how other rulers ruled.

The King traveled to San Francisco, the Empire of Japan, China, Siam, Burma, India, Egypt, Italy, Belgium, the German Empire, Austria-Hungary, the French Third Republic, Spain, Portugal, the United Kingdom and Ireland and back through the United States before returning to Hawaii. On his visit to the United States while he was in New York, Kalakaua met with Thomas Edison the inventor of the incandescent lamp. He found out more about electricity and its practical application in lighting.

Kalakaua wanted to see a practical demonstration of electric lighting. With the help of Charles Otto Berger, a Honolulu-based insurance executive with mainland connections a demonstration of electric lighting was setup. It was to take place at Iolani Palace on the night of July 26, 1886. The Pacific Commercial Advertiser wrote this about it; "Shortly after 7 o'clock last night, the electricity was turned on and, as soon as darkness decreased, the vicinity of Palace Square was flooded with a soft but brilliant light which turned darkness into day... by 8 o'clock an immense crowd had gathered. Before 9 o'clock, the Royal Hawaiian Military band commenced playing and the Military Companies soon marched into the square... a tea party was given under the auspices of the Society for the Education of Hawaiian Children organized by her Royal Highness the Princess Liliu'okalani and Her Royal Highness, the Princess Likelike. The Palace was brightly illuminated, and the large crowd moving among the trees and tents made a pretty picture."

The King was impressed and wanted to have the palace lit by electric light. Kalakaua had an electrical system installed on the palace grounds. The dynamo that powered the incandescent lamps was powered by a small steam engine. Iolani Palace became the world's first royal residence to be lit by electricity on Kalakaua's birthday, November 16, 1886. This was five years before the White House in Washington D.C. got electric light. He didn't stop with just lighting Iolani Palace. Plans were laid to use a water powered turbine to power lights in Honolulu. Princess Kaiulani, Kalakaua's niece turned on the first lights in Honolulu on the night of March 23, 1888. The Honolulu Gazette wrote; "At 7:30 p.m. the sound of excitement in the streets brought citizens, printers, policemen and all other nocturnal fry rushing outdoors to see what was up. And what they did see was Honolulu lighted by electricity. The long looked for and anxiously expected moment had arrived." There was no stopping it, in 1889 the first few homes and businesses had electricity and by 1890 almost 800 homes were enjoying electric lighting.

This is now a nano sized cache, all it has is a tiny roll log. You will need to bring your own pen or pencil. Stealth will be required as there are lots of muggles in this area. Please put everything back just the way you found it. This is my first hide, hope you enjoy it.

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Muggles Beware of Muggles! Historic Site Historic Site Kid Friendly Kid Friendly Pencil Bring a pen or pencil

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