#Onthisday in 1984, the newly restored Chamberlain’s office was blessed. The position of Chamberlain was created during the Reign of Kamehameha IV. David Kalakaua served as chamberlain for Kamehameha V.
During Kalakaua’s reign, the following men served as his chamberlain:
• William L. Moehonua (served for 6 months before being appointed as Minister of the Interior)
● Edwin H. Boyd (10 months)
● Frederick W. Beckley Sr. (1875-1878)
● Charles H. Judd (1878-1886)
● Edward W. Purvis (acting Chamberlain while Judd was on a trip)
● Curtis P. Iaukea (1886-1887)
● James William Robertson (Vice-Chamberlain - 1887)
● George W. Macfarlane (1888)
The photo of Kalakaua and men on the palace steps features four of the eight men who served as chamberlain. From left to right are James H. Boyd, Curtis P. Iaukea, Charles H. Judd, Edward W. Purvis, George W. Macfarlane, John O. Dominis, A. Burrel Hayley, John Dominis Holt II, and Antone Rosa.
PC: Hawaii State Archives
In the following images, Frederick W. Beckley (PC: Hawaii State Archives) is pictured wearing a bow tie, while the pencil drawing retrieved from Ancestry.com depicts Edwin H. Boyd. The sepia image is of William L. Mohoenua and the final image is of James W. Robertson holding a hat in his hand. (PC: Wikimediacommons)
Learn more about this important position during the Palace’s Chamberlain’s Tour.