Sisters’ of Hawaii Ponoi celebrating their 5th year, 1912.

Celebrating Fifth Anniversary

At 3 in the afternoon yesterday, January 25, 1911 [1912], a banquet was held lavished with Hawaiian delicacies of all sorts, by the Heads and members of the organization, The Sisters’ of Hawaii Ponoi, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Manuel Reis in Makiki Heights, to celebrate the 5th Anniversary of their existence. Present was our manager, Joseph Kamai Nalulu because of an invitation he received, and he heartily at his fill.

Manager Joseph Kamai Nalulu offers to the Head and Members of the Hui Sisters’ of Hawaii Ponoi, whose names appear bleow, his great unending appreciation and congratulations for the generosity bestowed upon him. And he also gives his prayers that their existence, progress, and good fortune continues for the benefit of your Organization, through the Omnipotent Heavenly Powers, Amen.

OFFICERS OF 1912.

First Honorary President,

—Mrs. Leihulu Keohokalole

Second Honorary President,

—Mrs. E. K. Reis

President—Miss Kamoani

Vice President—Mrs. Malie Auld

Treasurer—Mrs. E. K. Reis

Secretary—Mrs. H. Wm. Aylett

Vice Secretary—Mrs. Punua

Executive Committee

Chairman, Mrs. Geo. Mahe

Mrs. Malie Auld, Miss Kamoani, Mrs. Punua, and Mrs. Kaleikau.

MEMBERS

Mrs. Ema Fern; Miss Hickey, Miss Lizzie Fern; Mrs. Alohikea, Mrs. Luka Norton, Mrs. Rose Kapela, Mrs. Mapu; Mrs. Onuila [Oniula?], Miss Spencer, and Julia Hao

With appreciation,

MRS. H. WILLIAM AYLETT, Jr.

Secretary of the Organization of Sisters of Hawaii Ponoi

[Anyone familiar with this organization?]

(Kuokoa Home Rula, 1/26/1912, p. 4)

Hoomanao no ka piha ana o Elima Makahiki

Kuokoa Home Rula, Buke X, Helu 4, Aoao 4. Ianuari 26, 1912.

5 thoughts on “Sisters’ of Hawaii Ponoi celebrating their 5th year, 1912.

  1. There are many descendants today of the original officers and members.
    Mrs. Eugenia Keoho’okalani Reis was a founder of the Daughters and Sons of Hawaiian Warriors-Mamakakaua in 1917. (Perhaps Sisters of Hawai’i Pono’i was a forerunner?)

    Manuel Reis, her husband, was Queen Lili’uokalani’s coach driver and an ardent royalist, imprisoned in January 1895 at O’ahu Prison.
    See the article: “The Manuel Reis Case”, Hawaiian Journal of History article (Vol. 16, 1982, p. 134): http://evols.library.manoa.hawaii.edu/bitstream/handle/10524/232/JL16142.pdf?sequence=2

  2. My great grand parents are Manuel and Eugenia Reis, Corinne is correct and by the grace of the internet more of us are reuniting as time goes on. To my knowledge not only was she a member of Mamakakaua but also she belonged to the Daughters of Hawaii founded 3 years earlier than the “Sisters”. Prior to this post I was unaware of their existence too. I’ll do some digging and get back to you

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