Bullets stored on shore by men of the USS Boston during the overthrow?

Bullets Dug Up Hidden in Dirt.

After being hidden in dirt for many years, many bullets were uncovered: twenty, six, and three inches in length, behind 1319 Queen Emma Street. These are bullets thought to have been left by the rebels when Mr. Morgan was living there.

The hiding of these bullets were cloaked to Honolulu’s people, and it was not known that bullets were in that location until the land changed owners; while the dirt was being dug a little while ago to lay sewer pipes, a great number of bullets were dug up, and some were carried away by car for disposal because it was so heavy.

Amongst the old timers of Honolulu, Mr. W. G. Brash said, according to his recollection, all of those bullets were hidden underground twenty years ago.

He stated, according to what he remembered, those bullets were hidden where they were found, when the revolution in Honolulu was started, and when the warship Boston was in the harbor; and he believed that the bullets were transported from the warship and hidden in the dirt at the residence of Mr. W. J. Morgan, because he was one of the commissioners who oversaw safety [komisina kiai maluhia?].

He thinks the bullets were stored under the orders of Mr. Morgan, to save him should the soldiers of the queen stand in opposition.

However, when Mr. Brash was asked where the guns were to shoot the bullets, he explained that when an uprising broke out, it would be a very easy thing for the soldiers from the Boston to move to Mr. Morgan’s place, and being that the bullets were previously stored on shore, it would be short work to come down upon the troops of the queen encamped at Washington Place.

Some Hawaiians witnessed that Mr. Morgan’s place was being guarded, but the reason for this is only now clear; come to find out, there were bullets buried underground.

(Kuokoa, 4/30/1915, p. 3)


Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke LIII, Helu 18, Aoao 3, Aperila 30, 1915.

2 thoughts on “Bullets stored on shore by men of the USS Boston during the overthrow?

  1. Although these are all called “bullets” in this article, the larger ones (20″ in length) would more correctly be called “shells” in English. They would’ve been used by large artillery guns, on wheels.

    I believe Mr. Morgan is being described here as a member of the Committee of Safety, a pro-overthrow group.


  2. Sorry about that. “Bullets” was my lazy mistranslation of “pōkā,” which is inclusive of all of those types of projectiles, from cannon balls to bb gun pellets.
    I was trying to find a Morgan listed amongst the Committee of Safety, but in a semi-fast search, came up with nothing…


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