Bonin Islands and Hawaiians abroad, 1830 / 2014.


Historical Work Soon to Be Published Will Contain Letters From Honolulans

New and interesting facts concerning the conditions and history of the Hawaiian Islands during the first few decades of last century are promised in a history of the Bonin Islands which will be published in October by Constable London.

One feature is the tale of how the British consul in Honolulu in 1830 sent out a band of colonists to settle the Bonin Islands an attempt at colonizing the tiny archipelago for the British Empire which was destined to failure, for the islands now belong to Japan.

The book is by Rev. L. B. Cholmondeley, honorary chaplain of the British embassy at Tokio, who was for many years in charge of the mission at the Bonin group, and has since made frequent visits there. Continue reading

Democratic candidates, 1910.

W. S. EDINGS, For Senator

M. E. SILVA, For Supervisor

E. K. RATHBURN, 4th District

SOLOMON MEHEULA, For Representative, 4th District

W. P. JARRETT, For Sheriff

CHARLES H. ROSE, For Deputy Sheriff of Honolulu

H. H. PLEMER, For Supervisor

WADE WARREN THAYER, For City and County Attorney

F. COSTA BENEVEDES, For Representative, 4th District

J. S. KALAKIELA, For Senator

W. M. McCLELLAN, For Supervisor

E. H. F. WOLTERS, For Representative, 4th District

J. C. ANDERSON, For Auditor


FRED TURRILL, For Representative, 4th District

M. C. PACHECO, For Supervisor

[This is an interesting group of Democratic candidates for the race in 1910.]

(Democrat, 11/5/1910, p. 4)


The Democrat, Volume I, Number 11, Page 4. November 5, 1910.

John G. M. Sheldon passes away, 1914.


John G. M. Sheldon, brother of Henry Sheldon, of Lihue, and Wm. J. Sheldon, formerly of Waimea, died in Honolulu of hemorrhage last Friday morning. He had been in rather poor health for several years. Henry Sheldon left by the Kinau Saturday for Honolulu to attend the funeral, which took place Sunday afternoon.

Mr. Sheldon was one of the oldest printers in the Islands, having begun work as such when quite young. Being proficient in both the English and Hawaiian languages, he was frequently employed as interpreter in the courts and elsewhere. He had many friends by whom he was well liked.

(Garden Island, 3/31/1914, p. 1)


The Garden Island, Volume 10, Number 12, Page 1. March 31, 1914.

Kahikina Kelekona, John G. M. Sheldon, editor of the Hawaii Holomua, arrested for speaking, 1893.


Has Anybody Any Rights Under the Provisional Government?

Argument of the Question in the Circuit Court.

John G. M. Sheldon, editor of the Holomua, who is deprived of his liberty under a warrant issued by the President of the Provisional Government, was produced in the First Circuit Court before Judge Frear, at 11 o’clock this forenoon, under a writ of habeas corpus. Attorney-General Smith and F. M. Hatch appeared for the Government, and C. W. Ashford, C. Creighton, A. Rosa and J. L. Kaulukou for the prisoner.

Mr. C. W. Ashford argued for the discharge of the prisoner, speaking to the following effect: There was no authority vested in the Executive and Advisory Councils to issue warrants of arrest. President Dole had no right in the Proclamation of the Provisional Government to issue a warrant of arrest. The Government could not go behind that proclamation, he presumed. “We the People of the Hawaiian Islands” gave him no such power. If “We the People of the Hawaiian Islands” had intended to exercise that power they would have given it to him. The Proclamation stated that the President’s duties were to preside over the meetings of the Executive Council. Mr. Dole now holds no judicial position in these islands. He did hold such position before, but resigned it to become President of the Provisional Government. If that warrant, of President Dole was valid, then there was no security of liberty for any man, woman or child under these tropic skies. There was then nothing to prevent any resident of this country being consigned to a dungeon or bound in irons. It should be known whether the Provisional Government had such tremendous powers. He was not making a covert attack on the late revolution. He believed in the sacred right of revolution, and he considered the late revolution was a good thing. But it might not be good if the Provisional Government introduced anarchy and despotism. Some persons were led by their philosophy to believe that a beneficent despotism was the best form of government, and he believed that members of this school of philosophy had seats in the Advisory Council. Continue reading

More Hawaiian-Language in English newspapers, 1922.


A he ohohia nui no Keoni Waika
Ka elele hiwahiwa a ka lahui
Hui like mai kakou
E koho me ka lokahi.

Hookahi mea nui i anoi ia
O ka pono kaulike o ka lehulehu
Mai Hawaii o Keawe
A Kauai o Mano.

Ua kini ua mano kou aloha
Maluna hoi a o kou lahui
A he sure maoli
Pela io nohoi.

Kiina ko lei i Wakinekona
A ka manu aeko e hii mai nei
Nau hoi ia la elei
No ka nani a o Hawaii.

Eia makou mahope ou
A hiki aku i ka lanakila ana
Goodie idea kela
Lokahi na puuwai.

Hainaia mai ana ka puana
A o oe ka makou i anoi ai
John Wise no ka elele
Feelah goodie kahi manao.

—ILIHIA CLUB, Kalaupapa.

[Chronicling America only has newspapers up to 1922. I am not sure how much longer Hawaiian-Language articles appear in the Maui News, but it is pretty interesting to see that they did appear until at least 1922. Here is a political song written for Keoni Waika, the renaissance man, John Wise.]

(Maui News, 11/3/1922, p. 8)


Semi-Weekly Maui News, 22nd. Year, Number 1215, Page 8. November 3, 1922.

Farming in Hawaii, 1913.


Beginning January 5, The Advertiser will publish a weekly list of wholesale prices for Island produce in Honolulu markets while A. T. Longley, superintendent of the home markets division of the Hawaii Experiment Station will also supply a weekly market letter for publication. The marketing division was authorized by the last legislature, an appropriation having been made for the purpose.

Dr. E. V. Wilcox has been a close student of cooperative marketing organizations for the last twenty years. He stated to The Advertiser Saturday that there are ten times as many cooperative marketing organizations in the United States as in England and Germany combined, although there is very little American literature on the subject. One Southern farmer’s organization that both sells produce and purchases machinery, fertilizers, seed and supplies for its members includes over three million farmers and planters. California, Oregon, Idaho, Washington, Utah and Colorado have their fruit marketing organizations. In the Central States the farmers have to together on their corn, wheat and oat crops as well on the scores of minor products usually associated in the Hawaiian public mind with “small farming.” There are cooperative societies in New York and New England; in Kentucky, Tennessee and the Carolinas they united in the marketing of tobacco, early truck crops, peach and berry crops; and in the Gulf States they are almost a controlling factor in cotton.

The prime objects of farmer’s cooperative unions are, continuity of supply, an honest and uniform pack, and standardization of grades. The idea is to put the growing, packing and marketing of farm produce on a business basis.

Continue reading

Stopping by at Washington, D. C. on the way to see the Queen, 1887.



Arrangements Made for the Queen to Call on the President and Mrs. Cleveland—A Benevolent Creature on Her Way to Visit Victoria—Queen Emma.


Washington, May 4.—Queen Kapiolani, of the Hawaiian Islands, who arrived in San Francisco on April 20, arrived in Washington to-day and immediately went to the Arlington Hotel. Arrangements have been made for the queen to call on the president and Mrs. Cleveland at noon on Wednesday. The queen and suite will arrive here early Tuesday evening and go at once to the Arlington. A time will be appointed by the queen during her stay here for the diplomatic corps to call on her, and she will also probably receive calls from the naval officers who have been stationed at Honolulu, all of whom have met her majesty, and many of whom have danced with her.

After spending a few days here sight-seeing she will go to New York. From there she goes to England to be present at the Queen’s jubilee. She has never been out of her own country before, and is quite anxious to see the “greatest woman on the face of the earth,” as she calls Queen Victoria. Queen Kapiolani is not of what is known as royal blood in Honolulu. Strictly speaking neither is King Kalakaua of royal blood, as he was elected to the throne and did not inherit it. Continue reading

Nipper and Hawaiian Music, 1917.


To insure Victor quality, always look for the famous trademark, “His Master’s Voice.” It is on every Victrola and every Victor Record. It is the identifying label on all genuine Victrolas and Victor Records.

All the fascination of Hawaiian music is in these Victor Records

There is a quaint and dreamy beauty to the music of Hawaii as it comes like the whispering breeze from the mid-Pacific. It breathes the lightsome spirit of this land of sunshine. Its laguorous rhythm is typical of Hawaiian life, of the swaying trees, the beating surf, of the joys and sorrow of this interesting music-loving people.

And all the enchantment of Hawaiian music, all the charms of their quaint instruments, all the peculiar beauties of their light voices are brought to you on Victor Records. You are in fancy transported to these far-off islands.

18132 10 in. 75c
On the Beach at Waikiki—Medley Hula (with Ukulele and Guitar by Louise and Ferera) Horace Wright-Rene Dietrich
My Luau Girl (with Ukulele and Guitar by Louise and Ferera) Horace Wright-Rene Dietrich

17701 10 in. 75c
Hawaiian Waltz Medley (Guitar Duet) Lua and Kaili
Kilima Waltz (Guitar Duet) Lua and Kaili

65344 10 in. 75c
My Honolulu Hula Girl In English and Hawaiian (with Quintette) E. K. Rose
One—Two—Three—Four In English Hawaiian Quintette

65348 10 in. 75c
Aloha Oe (Farewell to Thee) (Liliuokalani) Hawaiian Quintette
Kuu Home—Native Plantation Song (with Quintette) S. M. Kaiawe

17710 10 in. 75c
Honolulu March (Guitar Duet) Pale K. Lua-David Kaili
Kohala March (Guitar Duet) Pale K. Lua-David Kaili

17767 10 in. 75c
Hilo—Hawaiian March Irene West Royal Hawaiians
Wailana Waltz Irene West Royal Hawaiians

Hear this fascinating Hawaiian music today at any Victor dealer’s. He will gladly give you a copy of the special Victor catalog of Hawaiian Records, and play any music you wish to hear. And he will demonstrate the various styles of Victor and Victrola—$10 to $400.

Victor Talking Machine Co., Camden, N. J.

Important Notice. All Victor Talking Machines are patented and are only licensed, and with right of use with Victor Records only. All Victor Records are patented and are only licensed, and with right of use on Victor Talking Machines only. Victor Records and Victor Machines are scientifically coordinated and synchronized by our special process of manufacture; and their use except with each other, is not only unauthorized, but damaging and unsatisfactory.

New Victor Records demonstrated at all dealers on the 28th of each month.


“Victrola” is the Registered Trade-mark of the Victor Talking Machine Company designating the products of this Company only.

Warning: The use of the word Victrola upon or in the promotion or sale of any other Talking Machine or Phonograph products is misleading and illegal.

[It is interesting to note that many of these records can still be heard today (although well worn) on Youtube!]

(Bismarck Tribune, 2/20/1917, p. 2)


The Bismarck Tribune, Twenty-Seventh Year, Number 43, Page 2. February 20, 1917.

The Hypnotists at the Savoy, 1911.

Savoy Theatre








Packed to the Doors Last Night.


Rightly Termed the Funniest Show

on Earth.

If You Want to Laugh, Don’t Miss It.


(Hawaiian Star, 9/12/1911, p. 6)

Savoy Theatre

The Hawaiian Star, Volume XIX, Number 6070, Page 6. September 12, 1911.

Sleeping in a window front, 1911.


Kawaa, father of S. W. Mosis, who at the present time lies asleep in J. Hopp & Co.’s window, is frightened of the effects that the long sleep may have on his son and asked this morning that Barnett should wake him up.

Barnett argued the point with him however, and refused to do anything of the kind stating that the boy was all right and that no harm would come to him. The father went away very dissatisfied with the whole business and Mosis will sleep on until tomorrow night when he will be brought back to life at the Savoy.

(Evening Bulletin, 9/12/1911, p. 6)


Evening Bulletin, Number 5029, Page 6. September 12, 1911.