A composition by Davida Malo, 1864.

A mele by David Malo.

O Nupepa Kuokoa; Aloha oe:—Some subscribers of your newspaper have asked me to send in to you a mele by David Malo written for his wife, Pahia. And should it please you to print it once more, being that it is not offensive, and it is fine thing for the youth to read with aloha. Therefore. Here below is the mele:

Oia aloha kiai ka ula hailiaka,
I ke ohana lau opua haili aloha,
He-ae he aka,
He aka he haili aloha no kuu wahine eia e,
Kuu wahine mai ka ua lili lehua hee-koko,
Makau pili heekoko ula i ke kula,
Ula kana wai ula i Kanaha e,
Naha kaawale ka pili me ka wahine,
Me kuu wahine aloha i nalo aku la,
I hele hookahi aku nei aole,
Aole kuu hoa eia e,
Kuu hoa pili i ka ua ulalena,
He ua ulalena no Lilikoi,
Kuu wahine hoapili o ke anuanu,
Kuu hoa pupuuanu oia uka,
Oia aina koekoe ke noho,
E loku ana iloko o ka io ka hoi,
Ka li anu, haukeke a ka ua kiu,
I kahi a maua e noho ai,
Me kuu wahine i ka ua hamakualoa e, he loa e,
Loa wale hoi ka noho ana a ke aloha,
E kau ana ke aloha i kuu maka,
E haka loa nei no aole i pau,
Ke aloha o kuu wahine aole i nalo e eia e.

S. Lohiau.

Pauoa, Oct. 12, 1864.

[David Malo's wife died on January 5, 1845, and this kanikau is first printed in the newspaper Nonanona, 3/18/1845, pp. 113–114.]

(Kuokoa, 10/15/1864, p. 3)

He mele na David Malo.

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke III, Helu 42, Aoao 3. Okatoba 15, 1864.

Mafia? 1893.


“The Queen never will be restored to the throne, for she will be shot within 24 hours, and every man who takes office under her will be shot also—we have men secretly sworn to do it.”

Such was the remark made to the writer by a brainless young sprig of the “citizens reserve,” such is the tenor of numerous open threats of the canaille composing the annexation club, the citizens reserve and the American league organizations that pretending to be patriotically American are in fact veritable nests of socialism, fenianism and mafia.

To their shame be it said that these mafias are organized under men calling themselves Americans, men who heretofore have been regarded as respectable and intelligent citizens: Hatch, Castle, Wilder, Jones, Smith, McGrew, Emerson, and so on, whose names will pass into history as knavish pirates in a plot to steal a nation and compel America to receive the stolen goods.

A recent article in the Holomua warned that a wave of insanity had struck Honolulu in accordance with a well known theory of cycles. The malady appears to be growing worse, for certain it is, that all the men and women concerned in the overthrow of the Queen, the terrorism and misgovernment of a P. G. military despotism, and the present display of hostilities against the United States, all act like people demented. Continue reading

Annual Firemen’s Parade, 1864.


of the

Fire Department!

THE ANNUAL PARADE of the “Honolulu Fire Department,” happening on this coming Monday, the 12th. The Companies are asked to gather in the front of the firehouse NUMBER 2 at 10 o’clock in the morning, with their uniforms and engines.

By order of


Secretary of the O. K. [Oihana Kinaiahi]

Honolulu, Dec. 10, 1864.

(Kuokoa, 12/10/1864, p. 3)

Olelo Hoolaha a ka Oihana Kinaiahi!

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke III, Helu 50, Aoao 3. Dekemaba 10, 1864.

Bishop Museum, art exhibit highlighting their collections, 2014.

Nature’s Wonders

I just checked out this new exhibit today at the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum. It is awesome! If you are here on Oahu nei from now until the 27th of October, you have to go check it out. Once it is done, it will be gone like so many sand mandalas. The creations will be carefully taken apart and the specimens returned to their proper drawers for safe keeping.

Here is a little peek.

Nature's Wonders: Butterflies

Nature’s Wonders: Butterflies

Nature's Wonders: Fern

Nature’s Wonders: Fern

Nature's Wonders: Shells

Nature’s Wonders: Shells

Engine Company #1 of Hilo and the Fourth of July, 1865.


Engine Company Number 1 of Hilo.—J. A. Kealohanui of Hilo, Hawaii wrote of the appearance of the cheerful boys of that Company on this past 4th of July. On the night of the third, they went to the house of Poonahoahoa [Thomas Spencer], and there they played their horns and drums, which woke him up, and he came outside and thanked them. On the next day, they went there again, and from there to the place of the Governor [Keelikolani] and gave her three cheers, and three for the Hawaiian Flag. She remarked that this is a fine Company. With them go our warm aloha.

(Kuokoa, 7/22/1865, p. 2)

Ahahui Puali Kaawai Helu 1 o Hilo.

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke IV, Helu 29, Aoao 2. Iulai 22, 1865.

Old fire engines up for auction, 1868.

Old Fire Engines [Kaawai].—In the midday of this past Monday, directly in front of the auction office of E. P. Adams, some old Fire Engines were put up for auction. Engine Number 1, “Hoomanawanui,” and Engine Number 4, “Holokahana” of the Hawaiians. When they were auctioned, Engine Number 1 went to James L. Lemon for $90, and Number 4 went to D. Foster for $126. What the two will do with the Fire Engines, we were not told; perhaps they will send it somewhere else.

(Au Okoa, 2/6/1868, p. 2)

Na Kaawai Kahiko.

Ke Au Okoa, Buke III, Helu 42, Aoao 2. Feberuari 6, 1868.