New exhibit at Bishop Museum, 2014.

Check out the new exhibit at the Museum commemorating the very beginnings of the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum in 1889.¹ Take your parents, and aunties and uncles, and your children, and take a walk with them into the past. Perhaps it will help in bringing back to life family stories! History is cool.

Bishop Museum Change Exhibit


In this exhibit, explore how everyday life in Hawai‘i has changed since Bishop Museum was founded in 1889. Some changes have been for the worse and some for the better, and the future holds still more changes that will inevitably transform this place and the people who call it home. [For more, see here at the Bishop Museum page.]

¹The Museum however did not open to the public until 1891.

Bishop Museum, 1891.


THE BISHOP MUSEUM IS NOT open to the public until the arrangement of the collections is completed, of which due notice will be given; and until then visitors cannot be admitted.

W. T. BRIGHAM, Curator.

May 14, 1891.

(Pacific Commercial Advertiser, 5/16/1891, p. 2)


The Pacific Commercial Advertiser, Volume XIII, Number 2766, Page 2. May 16, 1891.

Transfer of treasures of the National Museum to the Bishop Museum, 1891.


Barring any obstacles, during some of the days of this week, the location of the artifacts housed in the National Museum Office at Aliiolani Hale will be transferred to the Bishop Museum Office at Kamehameha School, to go under the care of Prof. W. S. Brigham of the Bishop Museum.

If the artifacts of the Nation are moved to their intended new nest, then that office will be open for other Government Agencies, like the Department of Land Survey, and its space will become an office for the two houses, and that is great because it is directly adjacent to the Attorney General’s Office; but this all depends on the decision of the one who sings.

(Leo o ka Lahui, 1/26/1891, p. 3)


Ka Leo o ka Lahui, Buke II, Helu 115, Aoao 3. Ianuari 26, 1891.

A birthday, a name song, and never knowing where you will find information, 1891.

[Found in the story: “He Moolelo Kaao No Kamapuaa.”]

Ia wahine hele la o Kaiona,
Wahine hahai alualu Wailiula,
Pua Ohai o ke Kaha,
Uhane kui pua lei o Kamau-a,
Uumi ia iho ke aloha o ke kane,
Ua inaina, ua manawa ino,
Nona ka na hale i puu o Kapolei,
Ke nonoho ‘la no me na wahine o ka ma’o.

[On her 183rd birthday, here is a mele inoa for the princess found in of all places, a story about Kamapuaa. There is a scene where Kamapuaa is coming upon Puu o Kapolei, and the writer interjects: this is the hill about which goes the mele inoa for the deceased princess Pauahi. You never know where you can find information, you just have to look…]

(Leo o ka Lahui, 7/1/1891, p. 4)

He Moolelo Kaao No Kamapuaa.

Ka Leo o ka Lahui, Buke II, Helu 227, Aoao 4. Iulai 1, 1891.

Kamehameha School for Girls, 50th Anniversary, 1944.


By Betty Yim

Featuring the education of the Hawaiian people from early times up to the present day, an historical pageant of authenticly staged scenes with more than 100 characters climaxed the celebration of the founding of the Kamehameha Schools for Girls.

Three performances were given, on Wednesday, December 6, for students; the others on Friday, December 8, for parents and guests and Saturday, December 9, for alumnae and alumni. Continue reading

More on the malihini, Joseph Rock, 1916.


Prof. Joseph F. Rock, head of the botany department at the College of Hawaii and author of the book, “Indigenous Trees of the Hawaiian Islands,” will return to Honolulu tomorrow on the Shinyo Maru, according to advices that have been received here.

During the summer months the professor has been in the islands of Java and Sumatra and in the Philippines collecting specimens and doing research work in his line. He left here about the middle of June.

(Honolulu Star Bulletin, 9/4/1916, p. 3)


The Honolulu Star-Bulletin, Volume XXIV, Number 7612, Page 3. September 4, 1916.