Announcement for a Play about Kahekili, 1913.

Kahekili, King of Maui, Lord of the Paelekulani

On Saturday, February 22, at the Opera House (Hale Mele Hou), will be opening a play about the story of King Kahekili of Maui, put on by the “Daughters of Warriors of Hawaii.” [Kaikamahine a na Pukaua]

Also appearing will be the kapu chief, Kalanikauiokikilo and the alii Mahana who carry the kapu Pulikoliko of Kalani Waiakua Waikanakaole (Kalanikauaiokikilo and Kalola) the grandchildren and Kalanimehameha, Ka Na’i Aupuni.

Come and see for yourself. The tickets are now available from the Promotion Committee for $1., .75c., and 50c.

(Kuokoa, 2/14/1913, p. 8)


Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke XLIX, Helu 7, Aoao 8. Feberuari 14, 1913.

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.

Sumo in Hawaii, 1914.

Famous Japanese Wrestler Arrives.

The Japanese of Honolulu are lately planning to welcome the famous Japanese wrestler named Tachiyama.

He is the wrestling champion in Japan, and famous because the other wrestlers can’t topple him, according to the rules of that sport.

This Japanese and his fellow wrestlers are on their tour around the world, staying at each place they will visit, and while he is here in town, the Japanese here who are skilled in that sport will try to face him, and so too other famous contestants here of other ethnicities.

According to the Japanese who have seen him and are familiar with this famed wrestler, the people here will be astounded when they see him, when this Japanese enters into the wrestling ring.

(Kuokoa, 7/10/1914, p. 5)


Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke LII, Helu 28, Aoao 5, Iulai 10, 1914.

Diving story, 1867.

Almost Done in by a Shark—On the 24th of August past, a man named Kukahi of Puueo, Hilo, Hawaii, went to spearfishing at Milo in Hilo. When he was diving in the ocean, he speared and caught a maiii, and he took it off and stuck it behind him. An ulua shot by and after appeared a shark right before his face, and he drove that sharp-toothed fish away. Then he swam to a dry coral bed, and that shark came by again and grazed his side; he thrust his spear and it pierced the gill plate, and then the fish swam away and the man survived.

(Kuokoa, 9/7/1867, p. 3)

Mai pau i ka Mano

Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke VI, Helu 36, Aoao 3, Sepatemaba 7, 1867.

Theater advertisement, 1919.


Beginning This Saturday Night at 7:40.


These are the New Pictures of the Latest Episodes of the


From the Book Written by Edgar Rice Burroughs


Full of excitement, beauty, and Wonderful Wilderness Scenes; this movie that was shot has been greatly anticipated by millions of people for months. They are Filled with Enthusiastic Acclaim.

A thrilling story about a Wild Man, the Jungles, and the Palaces.

Entrance: 15, 25 and 35 Cents. Reserved seats: 55 Cents.

(Kuokoa, 4/25/1919, p. 2)


Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke LVII, Helu 17, Aoao 2. Aperila 25, 1919.

Theater Advertisement, 1862.

A Good Performance!

The Man Will Perform once again

Amazing Acts
he being the
Fakir of Shiva,

this evening, at the Theater on the corner of Hotel and Alakea Streets. And on this night will be done

greatly bewildering feats

of all sorts. He will send a Cloak to the homes of those so desiring using his powers.

Come at once!

Don’t be late! Lest you all not witness the astonishing performance this Saturday night, the 16th of August. Before the act, a balloon will be sent up, therefore, O friends who want to see these awesome things, it is best for you to come straight over.

(Kuokoa, 8/16/1862, p. 3)


Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke I, Helu 38, Aoao 3. Augate 16, 1862.

Theatres of Hawai‘i: Places of Performance in the Islands, 1847 to 1970

There are many theaters described in the Hawaiian-Language Newspapers… They featured all sorts of entertainment, both local and foreign–from magicians to music to moving pictures. This brown bag presentation on Thursday (10/27/2011) at Center for Biographical Research should be interesting!

Theatres of Hawai‘i: Places of Performance in the Islands, 1847 to 1970