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.

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