Painting of lying in state of Queen Liliuokalani by Lionel Walden? 1917.


Lionel Walden, noted artist, whose representations of Hawaiian scenes met with great favor here and elsewhere, was occupied yesterday in making a sketch of the interior of Kawaiahao church. The painting on which Mr. Walden will be at work again this morning will give to posterity a vivid and realistic picture of the lying in state of the last of Hawaii’s monarchs. The somber background, setting off in brilliant contrast the many beautiful flowers that are being sent to the dead queen, the tall kahilis, the graceful palms, the waiting people, will have proper place in the picture, and dominating all will be the royal casket, with its covering of feather cape, its tabu sticks guarding the queen in death as her proud station guarded her in life, while surrounding her stand the faithful kahili-bearers, keeping the last vigil over the last ruler of a vanished kingdom.

[Wow. Does anyone know if this painting was completed and if so, where it is now?]

(Honolulu Star-Bulletin, 11/15/1917, p. 2)


Honolulu Star-Bulletin, Volume XXV, Number 7985, Page 2. November 15, 1917.

Peleioholani’s response to the Queen? 1902.


A Hawaiian Chief Who Fought in Africa.


Decapitated Morrocan of High Rank—Was Owner of Famous Feather Cloak.

WITHIN THREE months a stalwart Hawaiian will leave Honolulu and journey to London to attend the reunion of the survivors of one of England’s wars of conquest fought more than thirty years ago. Upon the Hawaiian’s body are the scars inflicted by sword, spear and bullets, received while he was fighting under the flag of St. George in the service of Queen Victoria upon the battlefields of Southern Africa. According to a romantic story which the Hawaiian tells, few amongst the veterans who will gather in the capital of the British nation will have more honorable records for bravery and conspicuous gallantry in the face of a dark-skinned enemy than he, and few will there be whose entire lives are so wrapped in a halo of romance. Linked with this Hawaiian’s life are those of Kings and Queens, Dukes and Admirals, Generals and Captains, and yet today he is an humble resident of the Hawaiian Islands. Continue reading

Keeaumoku ahuula destroyed in Peleioholani house fire, 1901.

Couple of years ago, I posted two articles on an insurance claim by Peleioholani after a priceless ahuula was destroyed in the great Chinatown fire of 1900. I just ran across this just now:



Liliuokalani Will Testify—Alleged That the Cloak Was Stolen From the King’s Palace.

Queen Liliuokalani will testify before the Fire Claims Commission regarding the royal feather cloak lost in the big fire by Peleioholani.

It is said that the royal family lays claim to the ownership of the destroyed cloak. The costly article is alleged to have belonged to King Kalakaua, and been stolen from Iolani Palace many years ago.

[See: Ancient Relics Were Destroyed & Pau ka Ahuula i ke Ahi]

(Evening Bulletin, 11/2/1901, p. 1)


Evening Bulletin, Volume XI, Number 1984, Page 1. November 2, 1901.

Enoch Wood Perry Jr. arrives, 1864.

An Artist.—Among the passengers by the Comet last week, was Mr. E. W. Perry, Jr., a portrait and landscape painter. A specimen of his work can be seen in the bookstore—being a portrait of Rev. Mr. Corwin. A glance at the picture is sufficient to satisfy any one that it is a perfect copy of the original, and that the person who executed it, has the skill of a true artist. Mr. Perry visits our islands to take views and paintings af our principal landscape scenery, and starts for Kilauea on Monday next in the steamer, via Kealakekua and Kau, intending to sketch the crater, Hilo and other scenery of that island worthy of being copied. We commend him to the attention of our friends wherever he may visit. While travelling through California, Mr. Perry was in company with Messrs. Williams and Bierstadt. The former will arrive here shortly. The latter having sold his fine painting of Yosemite Falls and Valley to a New York publishing house for $15,000, has gone East on business connected with the same. It was the intention of the three artists to visit our group in company. Messrs. Perry and Williams will undoubtedly succeed in taking some views that will be very valuable. Now while they are here, let us suggest that the Government secure their services to paint correct full-size portraits of the late King and His Majesty the present King, as also, perhaps, Queen Emma and Gov. Kekuanaoa, to be preserved as national property to adorn the Palace. It is so seldom genuine artists visit the islands that this opportunity should not be lost.

[Perry is the artist who painted the famous portrait of Ka Haku o Hawaii with his dog. He also seems to have painted a portrait of Levi Haalelea!

I am not sure who the Williams mentioned in the article is, but the other painter is most likely Albert Bierstadt.]

(Pacific Commercial Advertiser, 10/1/1864, p. 2)

An Artist.

The Pacific Commercial Advertiser, Volume IX, Number 14, Page 2. October 1, 1864.

Champions, Duke Kahanamoku and Frances Cowells, 1915.


Duke Kahanamoku and Frances Cowells, two of America’s greatest swimmers. The Duke was the hero of the last Olympiad and is the holder of several world’s records, while Miss Cowells holds four American records. The picture was snapped at the World’s Fair in San Francisco shortly after the exposition swimming meet, of which Miss Cowells was the undefeated champion among the women. This is an unusual picture of the swimmers as it shows them in their street clothes.

(Day Book, 8/11/1915,  p. 24)


The Day Book, Volume 4, Number 268, Page 24. August 11, 1915.

Swimming trophies brought home by the Hawaii boys, 1913.


Yesterday and today a good-sized crowd gathered about the window of Thrum’s book store, on Fort street, admiring the cups and medals brought back by the Hawaii swimmers. The lion’s share of these are the property of Duke Kahanamoku, who now has a large enough collection of gold medals to start a jewelry store.

In the above picture, the cups, from left to right, are for the rough water swim at Redondo; the Indoor Yacht Club cup, for the team making the greatest number of points at the San Francisco meet; the cup presented to W. T. Rawlins, manager of the Hui Nalu team by Charles Y. Williamson of the British Empire Club, and Al Coney of the South End Rowing Club; and the relay cup, won at San Francisco by the Hui Nalu team.

The medals are for first prize in the 50, 100, 220, 440 yard, and the 50 yard back stroke, won by Duke at San Francisco; second prize in the back stroke, won by D. Kaupiko; third prize in the half mile, won by Frederick Wilhelm; a gold medal presented by the Los Angeles Athletic Club to Duke; and a first prize medal won by Duke at the Los Angeles Swimming Association meet.

The trophy presented to W. T. Rawlins is a handsome loving cup, which was given the local man at the Stewart Hotel just before the team left San Francisco.

[I wonder if we will be able to see any of these at the upcoming Duke exhibit at the Bishop Museum!]

(Honolulu Star-Bulletin, 7/22/1913, p. 9)


Honolulu Star-Bulletin, Volume XX, Number 6643, Page 9. July 22, 1913.

Duke Kahanamoku trophy, a champagne cup? 1913.


Duke Kahanamoku’s Trophy Is Utilized by Colonel Parker for Purpose Designed

Aboard the liner Sierra a loving cup was used yesterday for the purpose for which it was designed.

The cup was one of the trophies carried home by Duke Kahanamoku, the Hawaiian swimmer, who sailed on the vessel for his home.

Colonel Sam Parker was also a passenger. The colonel insisted on filling the cup with champagne. He then invited Duke’s friends into the Sierra’s saloon and, passing the brimming bowl to a pretty girl, begged her to drink [to] the dark skinned swimmer’s health.

Until the cup was empty everybody was Duke’s devoted friend.

(San Francisco Call, 8/13/1913, p. 4)


The San Francisco Call, Volume 114, Number 74, Page 4. August 13, 1913.