A boy is the royal waker-upper with the job of waking up King Kalakaua in Hawaii. A mynah helps him when he unexpectedly loses his voice.
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Once upon a time not so long ago, in the tropical kingdom of Hawaii, a young boy lived in a cottage behind the palace of the king.
The boy's name was Mele.
His mother was the Royal Pastry chef. His father was the Royal Guardsman. Their jobs were very important.
But Mele's job was most important of all. Every morning, just before the sun peeked over the Ko'olau mountains in the east, Mele began to sing, very softly. He started at the front door of his cottage and strolled toward the palace, letting his voice grow stronger as he walked.
The King had decreed that he would wake up only to the clear sweet voice of Mele singing a special waker-upper song. The King ordered this to be done because he did not, most CERTAINLY did not...like...alarm clocks!
Mele was the Royal Waker-Upper.
(Note at end of book)
King David Kalakaua, monarch of the Kingdom of Hawaii from 1874 to 1891, actually did have a young boy awaken him by singing. The history books do not tell us if the boy's name was Mele, nor if he sang in harmony with a mynah, but those birds are amazing imitators. It's possible that the two of them existed just like in the story.