J. K. Mokumaia and Keoni Paakaula, 1927.

One of the reasons i posted the return of the ahuula article is because it reminded me of another post just put up—Moanalua, then and now. 1922.

In the image of the Palace Guards from the day of the return of the feather cape, you can see J. K. Mokumaia in the middle of the front row, and John Paakaula, far right on the back row.

I am wondering if this is the same Keoni Paakaula, the kumu hula of Moanalua. He would in theory be 107 years old in this picture.

[It is always important to look up name variants when you are searching for people (and even places). Biblical names in Hawaiian also appear in English, like “Keoni” and “John”. Also, Biblical names are sometimes abbreviated, like “Jas.” for “James”… It would be very helpful if there was a list of names and their variants up online.]

Another image of the return of Kamehameha III’s ahuula, 1927.

The guards of the Palace, when the Ahuula was returned to the Palace on this past Monday. Starting from the left, on the bottom row: E. K. Kaihe, John Hicky [John Hickey], J. K. Mokumaia, D. Hoke, and M. K. Reuter. The row in the back, from the left: S. K. Levi, Joseph Kawai, and John Paakaula.

(Kuokoa, 12/1/1927, p. 4)

Na kiai keia o ka Halealii...

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke LXVI, Helu 53, Aoao 4. Dekemaba 1, 1927.

Images of the return of Kamehameha III’s ahuula, 1927.

This is a picture showing scenes of the Feather cape of Kamehameha. The picture on the top is the return of the ahuula from the archives to within the Palace. The picture below is the ahuula draped upon the throne.

(Kuokoa, 12/1/1927, p. 1)

He kii keia e hoikeike ana...

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke LXVI, Helu 53, Aoao 1. Dekemaba 1, 1927.

Kamehameha III’s Feather Cape returned to Hawaii, 1927.


Ceremony in Respect to the Ahuula is Carried Out in the Crown Room of the Palace Last Monday

In the morning of last Monday, the throne room of the palace was filled with visitors to see the ahuula of Kamehameha III gifted to Commodore James Lawrence Kernny, and now becoming a treasure for Hawaii nei, through the generosity of Walter Dillingham, the one who purchased the ahuula.

The ahuula arrived aboard the steamer Malolo which arrived in town, and was entrusted to the safekeeping of the national archives, and on that Monday was returned to the throne room with ceremony befitting the ahuula, along with the singing of patriotic songs of Hawaii nei, as well as the hearing by the crowd of speeches given by A. P. Taylor of the national arvhives, Governor W. R. Farrington, and Walter Dillingham.

The ahuula was returned and draped upon the throne, and to the right was the Princess Kalanianaole, while the throne room was filled with members of the Mamakakaua Association and heads of businesses and the multitudes there in that room.

The Story of the Ahuula

After hearing some songs for Kamehameha III, composed by some Hawaiian ladies, the crowd entered while singing the anthem of Hawaii. And Mr. A. P. Taylor explained the history of the ahuula.

According to him, this was an ahuula gifted to Commodore James Lawrence Kearny of the warship Constellation, by Kamehameha III, in the year 1843. He was the one who saved Hawaii from the subjugation by George Paulet.

The ahuula was inherited by the child of Commodore Kearny, and from there to his cousin, James Lawrence Boggs of New Jersey.

After the explanation of its story, the ahuula was presented before the governor for the makaainana of Hawaii nei, whereupon the governor spoke a bit, while giving his thanks and appreciation for it being returned here to be cared for in Hawaii nei.

Given to the Museum

The honor was given to Walter Dillingham for his return of the ahuula for stewardship by the museum up above Kamehameha, and he gave a short speech and placed the ahuula under the care of A. F. Judd, one of the members of the board of the Trust of Pauahi Bishop. After his speech, Mrs. Mary Kekinookalani Padeken presented a chant composed by her, “Aalii Ku Makani.”

[If this sounds familiar, I am reposting it from the old Facebook site. Posts on FB are not easily searched, and so periodically I am thinking of doing reposts of those articles…]

(Kuokoa, 12/1/1927, p. 1)


Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke LXVI, Helu 53, Aoao 1. Dekemaba 1, 1927.

Vital Statistics, 1912.


Robert Kamaunu to Iwa Kua, Jan. 27.
Nicholas Zablan to Ella Mokulehua, Feb. 10.
Loke Kealoha to Mamie Fisher, Feb. 12.
A. L. Auguair to Georgina Kahoohiki, Feb. 14.
Edward D. Hullet to Julia Manini, Feb. 14.
Herny [Henry?]  Ah Moon to Waianae, Feb. 17.
Charles Williams to Victoria Kaai, Feb. 18.
Hiram Aukai to Nani Puulei, Feb. 19.
Pahoa Kihei to Kalani Kukilani, Feb. 19.


To Lau Hoon Tai and Miu Lan Tai, a daughter, Feb. 12.
To Ng Young and Annie Kahaulelio, a son, Feb. 13.
To Frank Sharech and Kini Akana, a son, Feb. 15.
To Sam V. Kakekelaka and Luisa Apo, a son, Feb. 20.


Hattie Lonokai, on Kawaiahao Street, Feb. 11.
David Paku Nahupu, on the corner of Punchbowl and Queen Streets, Feb. 12.
Lucy Mahoe, at Queen’s Hospital, Feb. 13.
Robert Lewers Colburn, on Kinau Street, Feb. 14.
Miss Rebecca Koo, on Ilaniwai Street, Feb. 16.
Keola Naeole, at Kalihi Hospital, Feb. 19.
Ahea Kalani, at Leahi Home, Feb. 19.
Bernice Pa, on Luso Street, Feb. 19.

(Kuokoa, 2/23/1912, p. 8)


Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke XLVIII, Helu 8, Aoao 8. Feberuari 23, 1912.