The current situation, 1893.

A VOICE OF ALOHA,

From the Queen, thus: O My beloved people, return to your homes, and keep the peace of the land. The voice of the alii has mana, and her command is in force. This is mana by which war will not be started; and the people will abide by her command.

The Overthrow of the Government.

This was an act that was planned in advance, and it is an act to gain glory. It’s foundation was laid by the group of missionaries and group of sugar planters, and on Jan. 17, 1893. Weapons were taken up, and the Government Building [Hale Aupuni] was seized by those treasonous ones.

The Annexation Committee.

There are five members of that Committee; They left, fled, and reached Washington; and they returned separately all with nothing to show and much embarrassment. [a hoi liiilii mai ana me na alaala pakahi ma ka a-i, he mai nui ka hilahila.]

The Deceitful Laws.

This Administration ended some parts of their bayonet constitution [kumukanawai elau-pu] of 1887, and enforced oppressive, limiting [?? paikole], and burdensome laws; these were laws not made by the Lahui, but by a group of just 17 people.

Bloodshed of Hawaiians.

There have been two Hawaiians whose blood has flowed unto the earth; they were shot with guns of the evil ones; However, they survived with their precious lives. It is God who spares Hawaii. This bloodshed of Hawaii’s own will become seeds from which will grow equal rights for the Lahui and the land. Rise together O Hawaii—and listen to the Gospel of Christ.

(Leo o ka Lahui, 10/13/1893, p. 2)

HE LEO ALOHA,

Ka Leo o ka Lahui, Buke II, Helu 790, Aoao 2. Okatoba 13, 1893.

Joseph Emerson interrupts meeting at the Kapuukolo Church, 1893.

DEVOTIONS DISTURBED.

Disruption of a Prayer Meeting With Political Dynamite.

A Visitor Miscalculates Hawaiian Feeling On Affairs.

The members of the little native church at Kapuukolo near the Fish Market held their regular prayer meeting yesterday evening. As is usual at these meetings a subject was proposed for discussion among members. The subject was, “Whether it is right to worship two Gods?” Argument was going along peacefully when Mr. Jos. Emerson entered the church and, after listening a little while, asked to be allowed to take part in the discussion. Mr. E. was given permission and spoke for some time, finally bringing in the name of the dethroned Queen and reflecting on her career. Among other remarks he is said to have referred to stories that the Queen was in the habit of consulting kahunas regarding her chances for restoration to the throne.

 Some of the congregation arose in a body and demanded that Mr. E. close his mouth or he would be summarily removed. S. Kaloa, a native preacher, then addressed the meeting, saying that a committee of church members had had communication and meetings with her Majesty during a year past, and she had told them emphatically she did not believe in kahunas. Now here came a foreigner and told them that she was harboring them. Who would they believe, this man or their committee, who has been in constant communication with the Queen?

Mr. E. asked all who were in favor of the Queen returning to the throne to stand up. All stood up with the exception of five, one a clerk in the office of the Board of Missions.

Kaloa again interfered and asked who dethroned the Queen, was it her people? Another, did Mr. E. consider that the members of the Council, where not a single Hawaiian was present, represented the people?

The argument became hot and finally Mr. Emerson retired and Kaloa held the fort.

A committee from the Church has an advertisement in a native paper calling on all the members to pray to God for the restoration of the Queen.

The foregoing report was gathered by our reporter from several native Hawaiians who was at the meeting. Some of the statements said to have been made by Mr. Emerson have been eliminated on the strength of his emphatic denial that he uttered them. A representative of the Bulletin gained an interview with Mr. Emerson to obtain his side of the story, which is given below:

STATEMENT OF MR. EMERSON.

In answer to questions Mr. Emerson gave in substance the following account of the meeting and his part in it:

 “I had been asked by some of the people to visit their meetings. When I went to the meeting last night I sat for some time listening to the discussion. Then I asked if they would like me to speak on the relations of Christianity with the monarchy, and they said they would.

“I began by telling of the difference between the Hawaiians and the natives of other groups, such as the Marquesas. In those islands tribal wars on single islands were common, while in the early times of the Hawaiian Islands each island had its own king. There were human sacrifices on these islands, but not for the purpose of eating the victims. An advance was made when all the islands were brought under the single rule of Kamehameha I.

“In the time of Kamehameha II., I told them, another great advance was made when Queen Kaahumanu, aided by her priest, threw off the shackles of the tabu and caused the idols to be renounced. Then, until Lot (Kamehameha V.) became King, there was a period free from the old system. Lot began a course of returning to the ancient superstitions.

“With the exception of the brief reign of Lunalilo, I said, down through the reign of Liliuokalani there was a disposition to return to heathen customs. They agreed with me that Kalakaua had gone back toward the ancient superstitions. I mentioned the time when Kaunamano in the presence of King Kalakaua at Kailua advocated a return to the old gods. I said I had heard stories about Queen Liliuokalani’s having sacrificed pigs to Pele at the Volcano, and they probably knew whether these stories were true, and they did not deny their truth.

“Is it true, I then asked, that J. W. Alapai was circulating a petition to have a day of fasting and prayer for the restoration of the Queen? They answered yes. Is it true that Alapai claims to have a unihipili (familiar spirit), and that his wife is the kahu (priestess) of that spirit? They said yes. Is it tre that Alapai is a confessed heathen who is at the same time a luna in Kaumakapili church? To these questions they answered in the affirmative.

“Then, I asked, what should be the attitude of Christian people toward this day of fasting and prayer? Are we to join in with a man who is a pronounced heathen and make no distinction between those who are pronounced opponents of heathenism and those who practice it? Shall we join with Alapai for the return of the Queen to the throne? Can we make common cause with a heathen?

“I did not pronounce my own opinion—I simply drew them out. There was a noisy discussion and some left the room.

“No, I was not threatened to be turned out. I said if my remarks gave offense I should sit down. I shook hands with everyone who had not left the room. My question was, ‘Shall we join with Alapai to pray for the restoration of the Queen?’

“Dr. Emerson, who was also present, tried to conciliate the people. He told them it was right for them to pray for the late Queen’s welfare. They should pray for her soul.

“Yes, I took a vote. There were five who voted against joining with Alapai and three in favor of doing so, but most of those present at the time refrained from voting. The question was not whether they thought the Queen should be restored, but whether it was right to join in a movement to that end with Alapai.”

Mr. Emerson, in answer to a question, admitted that results showed it was injudicious to have introduced the question of restoration at all. Had he known that it would have awakened so much feeling, he said, he would have abstained from questioning the people in the manner described.

[This article was translated in Leo o ka Lahui, 2/9/1893, p. 2. It is interesting that there is a note appended to the end of the translated article that they did not have time to translate Emerson’s response.]

(Daily Bulletin, 2/7/1893, p. 3)

DEVOTIONS DISTURBED.

The Daily Bulletin, Volume V, Number 644, Page 3. February 7, 1893.

On hope, faith, and love, 1896.

CONTINUE TO HOPE.

While we publish the words of this thought, we print it knowing for certain in the spirit of faith, that there is a path of light that bursts through the darkness of the black clouds in the heavens.

It is unclear to those who do not believe in righteousness and truth, but everything is clearly visible to the eyes of one whose spirit has aloha for his land of birth.

Do you have aloha for your birth land? Do you have aloha for your Monarch and your people?

If you have true aloha, then you have no trepidation, you do not just believe with uncertainty, you do not believe in lies, but your aloha is steadfast like the snow atop very tall mountains. It never melts and disappears, it will never vanish from the eyes of many generations living for thousands of millions of years in this life.

That is the way one who continues to patiently be patriotic for his land is; that is the single precious gift God gave this Lahui of Hawaii nei.

(Aloha Aina, 7/18/1896, p. 4)

E HOOMAU I KA MANAOLANA.

Ke Aloha Aina, Buke II, Helu 29, Aoao 4. Iulai 18, 1896.

“Queen of the Cannibal Islands,” 1894.

A Tale for the Nursery.

Beyond the green Pacific shore,
Westward, 2,000 miles, or more,
Dwelt a lady-monarch, with griefs galore—
The queen of the Cannibal Islands.

Some people describe her as “fair,” and yet,
It must be admitted, with much regret,
She’s unmistakably a brunette,
This queen of the Cannibal Islands.

Her lot was pleasant, they say, until
Her subjects kicked ‘gainst the royal will,
And smashed the throne and christened her “Lil,”
Ex-queen of the Cannibal Islands. Continue reading

Princess Kaiulani proclaimed heir of the crown, 1891.

By Authority

PROCLAMATION!

We, LILIUOKALANI, by the Grace of God, Queen of the Hawaiian Islands, agreeably to Article twenty-second of the Constitution of the Hawaiian Kingdom, do hereby appoint, failing an heir of Our body, Our beloved Subject and Niece Her Royal Highness VICTORIA KAWEKIU KAIULANI LUNALILO KALANINUIAHILAPALAPA to be Our Successor on the Throne after it shall have pleased God to call Us hence.

Done at Iolani Palace in Honolulu, this ninth day of March, in the year of Our Lord one thousand eight hundred and ninety-one.

LILIUOKALANI.

By the Queen:

Samuel Parker,

Minister of Foreign Affairs.

[Sometimes there are typesetting errors in newspapers, which is why important numbers are often given in numeric form as well as in words. The Hawaiian proclamation found in the Leo o ka Lahui only used the numeric form of the date, and the typesetter seems to have flipped the “9” over.]

(Hawaiian Gazette, 3/17/1891, p. 4)

By Authority

Hawaiian Gazette, Volume XXVI, Number 11, Page 4. March 17, 1891.

Observations from an Englishman, 1893.

From a Travelling Englishman.

From the time I arrived in Honolulu until today, I’ve heard often of matters pertaining to those referred to as the circle of missionaries, and the dimness of their ideas; I’ve observed their actions very carefully.

I saw today in the Advertiser [Avalataisa] about the party being given for Captain Wiltse, and how they will sit at this party for two hours and a half with just wine to drink and nothing to eat.

Giving a banquet for a high ranking Captain without serving Glasses of Champaigne [Kamapeni] during all that time is like acting out Hamlet without the ghost.

This will not become something that is greatly ridiculed, but this goes back to the way of life of the old Missionaries, with  their humbling station of evil thoughts.

On the day after this party, I saw that Queen Liliuokalani was sent an invitation under the name Mrs. J. O. Dominis, and this is something quite vile by the Committee who did it; Should the Committee think that are considered adults, then it was improper of them to have sent such an invitation to the Queen.

The first thing taught to schoolchildren in Britain is not to kick a man when he falls down. But this is a woman they are kicking, and that woman is Queen Liliuokalani. This is action that can be called despicable of the meanest form, and should this Committee want to be freed of these words, then they must explain it from their side, or this contemptible act will be carried upon their backs.

Charles G. Nottage.

Hawaiian Hotel [Hotele Hawaii], Feb. 28, 1893.

[Perhaps this was meant to say that there was no wine, and only sparkling water? The article he seems to be talking about is found here on the Chronicling America site. PCA 2/28/1893, p. 2.

There is also reference to a separate party that he was invited to. The Queen is mentioned as “Mrs. J. O. Dominis”. This can be found also at Chronicling America, PCA 2/25/1893, p. 4.]

(Leo o ka Lahui, 3/3/1893, p. 3)

Mai Kekahi Haole Pelekane Kaahele Mai.

Ka Leo o ka Lahui, Buke II, Helu 654, Aoao 3. Maraki 3, 1893.

David Kawananakoa speaks on annexation, 1893.

WILL APPEAL TO CONGRESS.

Ex-Queen Liliuokalani’s Commissioner Arrives at the National Capital.

Washington, Feb. 18.—Paul Neuman, the envoy of Queen Liliuokalani to the United States, accompanied by Prince David, of the royal family, and two servants, reached the city late last night, and took apartments at the Richmond. To-day Mr. Neuman held a conference with acting Secretary of State Wharton, with whom he had a long talk concerning the object of his visit. Mr. Wharton could, of course, do nothing, and Mr. Neuman expressed himself as satisfied that his only chance for successfully representing the claims of the ex-Queen lay through the medium of Congress. Prince David said: “We do not intend to make a struggle against annexation. If the United States government sees fit to annex Hawaii we shall make no complaints.”

[I am not sure if this statement was ever published in any Hawaii newspaper.]

(Indianapolis Journal, 2/19/1893, p. 4)

WILL APPEAL TO CONGRESS.

The Indianapolis Journal, Page 4. February 19, 1893.