Sad fate of Kaiulani’s carriage. 1921.


During these days when automobiles [kaa oto] are very wide spread, the beautiful horse-drawn carriages [kaalio] of the alii of times past are obsolete, and this was seen when the lovely carriage of Princess Kaiulani was put up for auction at the auction house of Will E. Fisher this past Tuesday.

During times past, when automobiles were not so widespread, beautiful carriages were watched, like the horse-drawn carriage of Princess Kaiulani, which was one of the small and beautiful carriages around. On Tuesday, the carriage was taken to the auction house of Mr. Fisher and a flag was tied on to that vehicle. With much words of appreciation for the car by Mr. Fisher, the carriage in which Princess Kaiulani rode around in while she was living; there however were no bidders. The asking price went from $100 to $50, to $25, and to $10, until it fell to $5, and a Portuguese man added a dollar to that, and the car went to him for $6. When the carriage was won by that Portuguese man, he explained that he had no idea what he was going to do with it.

A carriage like the hacks [kaa pio] always seen on the roads today, but with two seats behind the seat of the driver, and owned by the carriage house of Queen Liliuokalani, was sold some time ago, and it went for five dollars.

These are terribly not good days for the horse-drawn carriage, because there is an abundance of automobiles, and people prefer autos while carriages are being ridiculed.

[Does anyone know what happened to Kaiulani’s carriage or the one that belonged to Liliuokalani, after they were sold, and where they are now, if they are still in existence? I have seen Keelikolani’s carriage at the Bishop Museum.]

(Kuokoa, 9/23/1921, p. 2)


Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke LIX, Helu 38, Aoao 2. Sepatemaba 23, 1921.

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