William Charles Lunalilo (1835 – 1874)
King Lunalilo, who ruled over the Kingdom of Hawai’i from January 8, 1873 until February 3, 1874, was known as the People’s King. Rather than simply accepting the throne after the death of Kamehameha V, he held a democratic election, which he won by a landslide.
On his deathbed, it is said that Lunalilo requested that a 21 gun salute be part of his funeral service. The next king, David Kalakaua, who had been defeated by Lunalilo in the previous election, supposedly denied this request. However, a storm gathered on the day of Lunalilo’s funeral.
There were 21 claps of thunder.