More on Liliuokalani’s Birthday Celebration, 1912.


On this Tuesday morning, Sept. 2, the grounds of Washington Place was filled with people, the lovely Home verdant with flowers and fruit trees along with plants that grow densely in the mountains was wonderful to see; with the scent of rose blossoms and maile crawling on the trees as the birds called out sweetly on its branches—this all made you think that you were in the middle of the forest. Should your gaze fall below the shade of the ti leaves, it was lush with fronds of palai and kupukupu ferns and ginger from the mountains; there is no other beauty to entice the eyes equal to this.

At half past 9 on that morning, the estate was packed with the people who loved the Queen, from the high-ranking ones of the land; and the heads of local and foreign governments; dignitaries; citizens; the Kaahumanu Society [Ahahui Kaahumanu]; the Sisters of Hawaii Ponoi [Na Kaikuahine o Hawaii Ponoi]; the Charitable Association of Stevedore Wives [Ahahui Kokua Manawalea Wahine Poola ?]; the members of the Royal Order of Kamehameha [Hui Kamehameha], except for the Kauikeaouli Society and the Kalama; and the haole outnumbered the Hawaiians.

The Queen sat upon her cotton chair on which was draped a feather cloak [ahuula], and Princess Kawananakoa and Princess Kalanianaole stood behind her. The ones who did the welcoming were Prince Lilikalani and J. H. Hakuole, and the one who did introductions was Aimoku. It is believed that there were several hundreds that came to visit. And the band played for over three hours for this joyous day, the Birthday of the Queen. And in the afternoon at 3 o’clock, there was a great luau outside of Kealohilani Home, and there sat a large group who ate and gave thanks to the almighty, so that the Queen could live longer, reaching a hundred. Present indeed was the steward, Colonel Iaukea, and it was he that graciously welcomed the party guests along with Kaipo. The audience and the party that day went well. And we also pray that Liliu’s life may be increased more days; God save the Queen.

(Kuokoa Home Rula, 9/5/1912, p. 2)


Kuokoa Home Rula, Buke X, Helu 36, Aoao 2. Sepatemaba 5, 1912.

Queen Liliuokalani’s Birthday Celebration, 1912.

[Found under: “Various News”]

Sept. 2—Queen Liliuokalani held an audience with the public at her home, Washington Place, and there were a great many people who went to give their congratulations to her, being that this was her birthday. The Queen is somewhat frail, but she gave a kind smile to all who came to visit her.

(Hoku o Hawaii, 9/5/1912, p. 3)

Sept, 2—Ua haawi ae ka Moiwahin e...

Ka Hoku o Hawaii, Buke 7, Helu 14, Aoao 3. Sept. 5, 1912.

Liliuokalani’s “Aloha Oe,” 1929.

The True Story of “Aloha Oe”

As everyone starts to donate their dollar for the building of a memorial to this famous song composed by Queen Liliuokalani, perhaps it is well to speak about some of the information on the origins of this song, the beginnings of the penning of the lyrics, and it being set to music.

The monument was proposed to be the words in Hawaiian stone that would stand close to the first home of Queen Liliuokalani, now lived in by the Governor of Hawaii.

Now, some intimate with the Queen in days past, and travelling companions of the Queen when they were young, have spoken. This is the story that was told, and it was published in the paper or book called the “Paradise of the Pacific:

In 1878 [1877?], when Kalakaua reigned, and his sister was but a princess and heir to the throne, she travelled to the Koolau side, to well-known Waimanalo. With her was Likelike, Kale Wilikina, Mr. Boyd, and many attendants.

They travelled by horse on horse trail; this was a bad trail.

They arrived at their destination and spent several days there. They spent some days at some friends of the alii, and were welcomed with great gaiety.

Just as the with the kupuna of old, they were welcomed. A feast was laid out by the friends of this home which the alii were visiting.

When were making ready to return to Honolulu, lei of all kinds of flowers were placed about their necks, as was a custom amongst Hawaiians. They were adorned with flower lei, not like the paper lei popular during the time of this article.

When they all were going from the house to exit the estate, they saw one person fall back, and another lei was placed about the neck of the one at the entrance of the yard.

When this beautiful Hawaiian girl was seen giving a lei to the one leaving it also was seen her being embraced.

Because Princess Liliuokalani witnessed this scene, she was overjoyed. While they were headed back to Honolulu, she started to hum a melody, while being full of emotion over what she had seen.

The one next to Liliu heard her humming, and was curious, and asked what she was humming, as it reminded her of an old song. That song was “Rock Beside the Sea” [Pohaku ma ka Lihikai].

When they each returned to their homes, the Queen returned to hers, where she finished this song.
“One embrace” is charming for what was seen at the gateway–one person of their party tarrying as that beautiful young girl hugged the one on horseback.

As was said by the kupuna of yore, mele are composed while travelling, if something that catches ones eye is seen.

Our alii mother, Kamehaokalani Kane was a composer in her lifetime who made songs on horseback. Some of her compositions were well sung back in her time.

This is something written in the book known as the “Paradise of the Pacific.”

[As found in the “Paradise of the Pacific,” 42 (4): 31, 1929; 42 (10): 9, 1929.]

(Hoku o Hawaii, 4/23/1929, p. 2)


Ka Hoku o Hawaii, Buke XXII, Helu 45, Aoao 2. Aperila 23, 1929.

Hawaiian Pine purchases Lanai, 1922.


Last Tuesday the deal went through for Hawaiian Pineapple Company to purchase the land, the animals, and all equipment of Frank F. Baldwin and Harry A. Baldwin upon the Island of Lanai.

After paying the agreed price of $1,100,000, the retention of the old head managers and the members of the board of supervisors [papa alakai] of the Lanai Company, Ltd., of each of their positions was approved.

All of the rights of the Lanai Company has accrued to the Hawaiian Pineapple Company, and a number of new leaders have been chosen for that company, those being: James D. Dole, president; Kenneth B. Barnes, secretary; R. S. West, treasurer.

The entirety of Lanai is owned by the Lanai Co., Ltd, except for 1,000 acres, some kuleana lands, and all animals, cows, sheep, structures and other equipment of the ranch.

The new company will continue ranching, however, according to what is clearly understood, it will begin to plant pineapple on approximately 20,000 acres of chosen land, when the time is right.

The first thing planned by the Hawaiian Pine Company is to farm on land bought in Waialua this year while put aside the lands on Lanai until the right time comes to farm there. What it must do prior to farming pineapple is to build a pier, roads, and housing for the laborers, and if that happens, then pineapple from that island will hit the market in 1927.

(Kuokoa, 12/7/1922, p. 1)


Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke LXI, Helu 49, Aoao 1. Dekemaba 7, 1922.

Celebrating the Queen’s Legacy, 2012.

I passed this before i got off the bus at Punchbowl today, and so i walked back and took a picture. Here is a nice description of some of the events taking place this Sunday, September, 2, 2012.

Also, one week later on the 8th, more celebration, Hilo style.

[How about everywhere else? Anybody have information on other celebrations?]



Book of the story of Leinaala, 1891.

[Found under: “Hawaii News.”]

There are some typesetters of the [Hawaii] Holomua Newspaper setting type of that famous kaao, Leinaala, as a book; it will be ready and for sale to the public perhaps within ten days [anahulu]. Being that this was a story that was beloved by many people when it was published half in the “Elele” and finished in the newspaper “Ko Hawaii Pae Aina,” it will certainly be much sought after. The cost per copy is $1.50.

[Does anyone know of any library where this book might be found?]

(Kuokoa, 8/29/1891, p. 3)

E ia kekahi mau lima poahi hoonoho hua...

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke XXX, Helu 35, Aoao 3. Augate 29, 1891.