We celebrate King David Laʻamea Kalākaua, who was sovereign over the Hawaiian kingdom from 1874 through 1891, on his birthday each year on 16 November. This year, we invite you to celebrate with us at the Mission Houses Museum in an event that would have made the King very proud. An avid supporter of musics of all kinds, the King himself was known to be a baritone of beautiful tone who staged and starred in classical-music recitals and Italian operas the likes of Verdi's La Traviata. This year, we celebrate the King's birthday with music of the Royal Hawaiian Band, a string quartet from the Hawaiʻi Youth Symphony, and with the King's own Hawaiian compositions. These festivities are FREE, open to the public, and perfect for those interested in an informal and casual atmosphere. Don't be surprised, however, if you find yourself learning about Hawaiʻi's rich history, culture, and musical past.