Queen Emma returns to Hawaii, 1866.

About Queen Emma Lani.

We extend aloha to Queen Kaleleonalani with her safe return to her birth sands, and to the bosoms of her makaainana and the makaainana of her Chief one who has departed.

We give our thanks to Almighty God for lovingly watching over and guiding her, on her voyage over the ocean and the great lands of the Earth. And for the giving of kind and loving receptions in all places she went, in Royal courts as well as amongst the commoners.

We are pleased with the joy of their Highnesses, the Alii, the Kaukau Alii, and all of the Honorable ones of this Archipelago at the return of this Royal Descendant of Hawaii nei.

We are pleased as well along with all the makaainana of the Entire Nation, at seeing once again her face.

Along with this joy is also some sadness and grief for the taking of Her Royal Sister-in-Law [Kaikoeke Lani],¹ and her Foster Mother [Makuahine Hanai].² We remember this, and we ask of the Benevolent God to envelope in the protection of His Aloha, all who are grieving because of their aloha for those who have departed.

¹Victoria Kalohelani Kamamalu Kaahumanu (11/1/1838–5/29/1866)

²Grace Kamaikui Ruka [Rooke] (1808–7/24/1866)

(Kuokoa, 10/27/1866, p. 2)

No ka Moi Wahine Emma Lani.

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke V, Helu 43, Aoao 2. Okatoba 27, 1866.

More on Queen Emma, Leleonalani, 1866.

Pertaining to Queen Leleonalani.—This past Saturday, our beloved Queen returned to her residence Rooke House, seaside of Kaopuaua; and there many people went to give gifts [hookupu], and give their warm aloha to her. There was great and numerous hookupu given to her. This past Friday, she left the stifling air of town and returned to her Home in the uplands [Hanaiakamalama], where they relaxed to the sweet call of the singing snails [pupukanioe], and her royal husband and their beloved child who left for the dark lands.

[Here is another example where the initial "Ka" or "Ke" in a distinctive name is left off. Whereas Queen Emma is usually known as "Kaleleonalani," here she is called "Leleonalani." This works just as long as there is no confusion as to what or who is being referred to.

Kaumualii = Umualii, Kawaiahao = Waiahao, Kamoiliili = Moiliili, &c., &c., &c.]

(Au Okoa, 11/5/1866, p. 2)

No ka Moiwahine Leleonalani.

Ke Au Okoa, Buke II, Helu 29, Aoao 2. Novemaba 5, 1866.

Queen Emma’s foreign travels and patriotism abroad, 1866.

Hawaiian Boy in New York.

U. S. Steamer “Don” Navy Yard,

New York, August 13, 1866.

O Kuokoa Newspaper: Aloha oe:

I am P. K. Someone under your care; I am stating my hope before the friends living under the protection of King Kamehameha V, the King of the Hawaiian Islands.

The Queen of the Hawaiian Archipelago landed in New York on the 8th of August, 1866 from Britain. The ship Java entered New York harbor and a 21 gun salute was sounded at the fort, in aloha for Queen Emma Kaleleonalani.

Another day thereafter, the Queen went aboard the welcoming vessel called the Receiving Ship Vermont. When she went aboard, a 42 gun salute was sounded, and afterwards, she went aboard the Revenue Cutter ship. There were many distinguished people who went along with her to show honor to her Queenship, and there were many prominent girls of the United States of America who went touring along with her within New York City, and they felt admiration for the Queen and they called her Her Excellency before all other foreign lands [? imua o na aina e]. She was brought from the Nation of Hawaii.

Thereafter, she went to the city of the president [? alii kui] of the United States, where she was hosted with dignity for their aloha for the Queen of the Hawaiian Islands, Emma Rooke.

Therefore, I am overjoyed for our Queen, as I speak before the girls of the Nation of Hawaii about the grandeur of their Queen Emma, and because of this they should be joyful when the Queen arrives in the Hawaiian Nation. Here is another thing which I say before you all, our Queen is someone who is greatly honored by the enlightened nations, by her travelling in foreign lands with humility. She is not pretentious like some other women; she is greatly spoken of by reputable women of other nations, and they hold her in high esteem; therefore, O Girls of the Hawaiian Nation, be respectful of your Queen, like the fine girls of the United States who admire your Queen, the Queen Dowager Emma.

With appreciation,

P. Kelekai.

(Kuokoa, 10/ 13/1866, p. 3)

Keiki Hawaii ma Nu Ioka

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke V, Helu 41, Aoao 3. Okatoba 13, 1866.

Queen Emma abroad,

Queen Emma.

The latest heard of our beloved Queen is that she is staying at Hyeres, in the south of France. We are greatly pleased to say that she is in excellent health, and so are her attendants. By the kindly invitation of His Highness, the Naval Minister,  she toured the places where arms are stored, and the harbor of Toulon, and she was well received with all honors appropriate for her stature. There was given a grand reception on the evening of the day on which she went there.

The Queen plans to go to tour Italy, and to return by way of the Helvetic state. Emalani kindly agreed to the urging by the Emperor of France to return for a bit with him and to stay for some weeks in Paris, and from there to Britain and all the way back to Honolulu nei.

[There is much printed in the Hawaiian-Language Newspapers about Queen Emma's travels abroad. Here is but one report informing her people of her progress.]

(Au Okoa, 4/23/1866, p. 2)

Ka Moiwahine Emma.

Ke Au Okoa, Buke II, Helu 1, Aoao 2. Aperila 23, 1866.

Beginning of the Daughters of Hawaii, 1903.


An organization to be known as the “Daughters of Hawaii” was formed November 18, this year by Mrs. Emma L. Dillingham, Mrs. Sarah Collin Waters, Mrs. Lucinda Severance, Mrs. Ellen A. Weaver, Mrs. Annie A. Dickey, Mrs. Cornelia H. Jones and Miss Anna M. Paris. Its object is “To perpetuate the memory and spirit of old Hawaii and to preserve the nomenclature and correct pronunciation of the Hawaiian language.” No one is eligible to membership who was not born in Hawaii of parents who came here before 1869.

[I had a nice time at Queen Emma Summer Palace yesterday. They have a new exhibit called "Kiakahi," dealing with the Queen's travels abroad. Here is one of the first articles mentioning the Daughters of Hawaii found in the English newspapers. There are many more interesting accounts which can be found at http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/ and by choosing Hawaii as the state and using the search term "Daughters of Hawaii" (in quotations).]

(Hawaiian Star, 12/7/1903, p. 7)


The Hawaiian Star, Volume XI, Number 3654, Page 7. December 7, 1903.

The birthday of Queen Emma, 1880.

The Birthday of Emma Lani.—Friday (yesterday), the 2nd of January, 1880, was the 44th birthday of the life of Queen Emma Kaleleonalani. Just as usual, the day on which her royal mother suffered birthing pains arrived. There were throngs gathered at the walls of her estate. We are very happy to inform the public that as always the “beloved elegance of lehua blossoms” top her sweet rounded cheeks, and the figure of that “Rare Blossom” of the people is in fine shape. And as the people happily celebrate the arrival of this fine day, we also reminisce as we join in the celebration, while we utter a prayer, wishing that she and her family live long in ease and prosperity. The King kindly made his way by to give his congratulations to the Queen of one of the famous Kings of Hawaii nei.

[The Daughters of Hawaii announced that today, 1/2/2014, in honor of Queen Emma's 178th birthday, there will be a new exhibit opening, along with free admission to Hanaiakamalama, with a short program at 11 a. m. So if you are on Oahu, this sounds like a good way to spend the Queen's birthday!]

(Kuokoa, 1/3/1880, p. 2)

Ka La Hanau o Emma Lani.

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke XIX, Helu 1, Aoao 2. Ianuari 3, 1880.

Princess Kaiulani celebrates the new year in Waimea, 1899.

New Year’s Celebration in Waimea.

The people of Waimea held a Happy New Year party at 3 p. m. on this past Tuesday [1/3/1899], at the Courthouse here in Waimea. The table was given honor by the young Princess, Her Highness Kawekiulani Ahilapalapa Kaiulani and her entourage: the honorable ladies and gentlemen of Mana; the ladies of the mountainous land of the Kipuupuu Rain [Waimea]; and the lasso-flicking youth, Paul Jarrett. They ate until full, and drank until satiated of the delicacies of the table—Hape Nu Ia!

On the following night at 7 o’clock, European entertainment was held in the courtroom decorated with palai fronds of the forests, under the direction of an honorable gentleman giving welcome to the esteemed guest, the Wohi Princess, on that night of festivities, along with the other dignified ones accompanying her. In this European entertainment, the honor of the American Nation was paid first to Waimea, by the visit of the Young Alii Kawekiulani, Kawananakoa, Kuhio Kalanianaole, and his wife, along with the attending ladies of the alii for three nights; and it is said of the final night that it was Number 1 and better than Honolulu. According to the witnesses, “Waimea is the best.”


Waimea, Hawaii, Jan. 5, 1899.

(Makaainana, 1/9/1899, p. 1)

Hoomanao Nu Ia ma Waimea.

Ka Makaainana, Buke XI—-Ano Hou, Helu 2, Aoao 1. Ianuari 9, 1899.